‘Bug Opera’ Soars to New Heights

Hudson’s music was clever and well-crafted, reminiscent of Bernstein or perhaps of a light-hearted, avuncular Stravinsky. He understands the kinds of melodies singers like to sing, and within the boundaries of carefully conceived formal harmonic plan, gives them those kinds of melodies. The luna moth’s vocalise in Act II was supreme, as were the paper wasp’s polyglot waltz and many of the mosquito’s laments, all very shapely and leading to blooming high notes that are the meat and potatoes of opera singing.

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Charming, funny ‘Bug Opera’ appeals to audiences of all ages

Charming, funny ‘Bug Opera’ appeals to audiences of all ages – Directed with characteristic wit by Dave Morgan, Magik’s second collaboration with the San Antonio Opera is a charmer that should please audiences of all ages. – MySanAntonio.com

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Creators of ‘Bug Opera’ hope debut connects with children and parents

November 16, 2006

By Sarah M. Taylor, Globe Correspondent

“It’s a blend of instruments and voices and drama for an audience that we hope will bridge the gap of generation to generation,” said Hangen,

who is also conductor of youth and family concerts for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor for the Boston Pops.

“The idea is certainly fun enough and interesting for kids to get something out of, but it is also written at a level, musically speaking, that adults

will get something from it, too.”

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‘The Bug Opera’ has kid humor, message

‘The Bug Opera’ has kid humor, message

The operetta, a collaboration between Magik and the San Antonio Opera, kicks off Magik’s 2007-08 season with a

special opening performance Sunday afternoon. An hour before the 2:30 curtain time, early birds can get an up-close

look at creepy critters from the San Antonio Zoo’s “BugMania!” exhibit, as well as taking part in a little face painting

and snacking on bug-themed munchies.

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An opera for kids workshop gives creators input

“And Hudson and Pearson are very serious about music, despite the subject

matter of their opera. They say that lowly bugs are perfectly appropriate

characters for such a high art, as well as creatures that intrigue children.

Insects ”are fascinating,” Hudson said, ”like these little alien life forms all

around us leading these incredibly exotic lives.” Their lives are ”very dramatic”

and full of operatic themes like love, death, and betrayal. ”They lead very

complex and colorful lives, and it seemed like a really happy marriage with


By Sally Heaney, Globe Correspondent

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