Merola Grand Finale

San Francisco Opera, August 2007

Precocious show by stage director: It wasn’t just the singers who bathed themselves in glory, either. This summer’s crop included one budding stage director, Eugenia Arsenis, who staged the Finale with more subtlety and flair than I can recall ever witnessing for this event. In one excerpt after another, she created little theatrical microcosms that rescued the moment from stand-and-sing monotony without ever overshadowing the performer or distracting unduly from the music. It isn’t only on the vocal front that the future looks bright

Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle
08/20/2007