OPERA IN TWO ACTS (2005) - in French
Libretto by Alexis Nouss
Premiered by Opera McGill, Julian Wachner, conductor
126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52 - timp+2perc - hrp - pno - str (+stage fiddle)
Évangéline 2: coloratura soprano
Père Félicien: baritone
Wachner's music packs a punch, too. There is quite a bit of folk or folk-influenced material; there are cabaret episodes and lots of dance music; Verdi, Stravinsky, Britten, and others are evoked. There are grinding dissonances, but also much melody, glisteningly orchestrated, and with prominent solos for many instrumentalists who become storytellers, too.
The Boston Globe
It is safe to say that the music of Julian Wachner was responsible for most of the applause that greeted the world premiere...Wachner's music was at turns stentorian and lyrical, but always direct, and splendidly wrought whether for solo voice, chorus or orchestra. The many stylistic excursions (folk fiddling, jazz, cabaret) seemed to emanate from an expressive French core... he was also a good conductor ...the McGill Contemporary Ensemble was superb in the pit.
The Montreal Gazette