Recent Press covering Lawrence's work as a producer, director and dramaturg.
Reviews for specific Productions directed by Lawrence Edelson may be found on each individual Production Page.



Live 'Cradle Will Rock' recording a gem - Historic Opera Saratoga CD sets a high bar

"Opera Saratoga's four performances last summer of the musical "The Cradle Will Rock" captured national attention and earned glowing reviews. Now the music has been released in a double CD set by Bridge Records — the first professional recording in the history of Opera Saratoga — and the beauty and accomplishment of the production is once again on full display... The show is clever, perhaps ingenious, and this rendition is colorful, vibrant and probably definitive..."

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Opera Saratoga’s summer festival offers a new chamber version of a work about a competition that’s for the birds; a story of a young oracle who’s a bookie’s nightmare; and a tale of frustrated asylum seekers.

"Now in its fourth season under the leadership of Lawrence Edelson, Opera Saratoga has redoubled its commitment to producing modern operas, and is doing so at a very high level...polished, immaculately cast, and a stimulating juxtaposition of contemporary compositional voices..."

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BWW Speaking Out: Creating a New American Operatic Canon

"Other genres of art and entertainment that are thriving embrace new work with exponentially greater frequency than we do in opera. When we plan seasons where revivals significantly outnumber premieres, we are telling our audiences that new opera doesn't matter; that new operas aren't as good as older works; and that we are preparing opera for its extinction..."

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How the director of Opera Saratoga turned the struggling company around

"When Opera Saratoga hired Lawrence Edelson as artistic and general director in 2014, the nonprofit based in Saratoga Springs, New York, faced significant debt, and was looking for someone to turn the organization around....Since Edelson joined Opera Saratoga, the organization has increased its revenue, ticket sales, individual support and national recognition with write-ups in The New York TimesBoston Globe and Huffington Post."



American Lyric Theater: The Incubator

"ALT's track record since its founding, in 2005, is quite impressive...By treating composers and librettists as equal partners, ALT places equal emphasis on music and drama. As a result of that, and of the greatly expanding definition of opera since the bel canto and verismo eras, the range of work has been extremely diverse..."