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Daniel Crozier (b.1957): With Blood, With Ink, opera / Sandra Lopez; Vanessa Becerra; Audrey Babcock; Ian McEuen; Jesse Enderle. Fort Worth Opera

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>Crozier, Daniel : With Blood, with Ink, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

This world premiere recording of With Blood, With Ink, a dramatic opera with music by Daniel Crozier and libretto by Peter Krask, was made in 2014 at the acclaimed Fort Worth Opera Festival. The opera is based on the extraordinary life of the 17th century Mexican nun, Juana Inés de la Cruz, beloved poet, intellectual, and heroic champion of women's freedom. Her choice of life in a convent over marriage protected her brilliant creative life until she was betrayed by ecclesiastical authorities. Celebrated as the "Phoenix of America," Sor Juana is the first great literary figure in the Americas. Influenced by the operas of Verdi and Britten, With Blood, With Ink, explores how an individual destiny tragically collides with the implacable forces of history and community.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Daniel Crozier's 2014 opera With Blood, With Ink is an approach to composition balanced between the modern and the traditional. His harmonic language is mostly consonant and triadic. Notes for the work cite Verdi and Britten as influences, both of which are audible. Verdi is in the work's drama and direct, expressive tone; I hear Britten in the versatile orchestral writing and the smooth transitions from "aria" to "recitative". The work's through-composed structure plants it firmly in modernity, but it remains accessible with its clarity. Crozier and librettist Peter Krask tell the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz, a Mexican 17th Century poet, nun, and important figure in the history of women's rights. Thus With Blood, With Ink is simultaneously the story of Sor Juana and a mournful remembrance. I am more interested in the history than the music. I enjoyed listening the first time, mainly for the light the opera shed on Sor Juana.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The McDavid Studio, Ft. Worth, TX (05/2014).


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>Crozier, Daniel : With Blood, with Ink, opera
  • Performers: Audrey Babcock (Voice); Vanessa Becerra (Voice); Meaghan Deiter (Voice); Corrie Donovan (Voice); Jesse Enderle (Voice); Sandra Lopez (Soprano); Ian McEuen (Voice); Clara Nieman (Voice)
  • Conductor: Timothy Myers
  • Ensemble: Fort Worth Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta