Commonwealth Lyric Theater
National Opera Association Award for Best Production in Professional Category
“What galvanized the entire production was the high level of the music making. Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, who is also music director of Juventas New Music Ensemble and Harvard’s popular Lowell House Opera, is a skillful and incisive musician, and she got an exciting, accomplished performance from her small orchestra.”
–Lloyd Schwartz, New York Arts
“The production is notable for…the expressive, flexible, but always authoritative conducting of Lidiya Yankovskaya…”
–Geoffrey Wieting, Boston Musical Intelligencer
"The performance Sunday afternoon was vibrant: well played, well sung, well danced, and well acted... The ensemble, which included children, was outstanding... Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya made the small orchestra sound full-sized."
–Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe
"The orchestra, an ensemble of Boston freelancers, was superb. Though not a large group, they never sounded small, and all sections acquitted themselves well. Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya superintended over everything with a sure hand, managing good balances and coordination between the widely spaced forces."
–Jonathan Blumhofer, The Arts Fuse