»Mad and atrocious«
»Brilliant, full of ideas and coherent, Nicola Raab put this creepy opera on the workshop-stage, at best supported by designer Duncan Hayler.
Perturbed by the story, but delighted by the music, the staging and the performers, one emerges from this world premiere.«
Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung
»Nicola Raab’s production, with every detail perfect, is tangy and fast, the grumpy characters scarily alive; at least up to the final showdown, when the whole nightmarishly beautiful set collapses altogether and turns into a graveyard. Across the sky flickers a film of the marriage of the 2 lovers that will never take place.
A magical opera that makes you hear, see and laugh.«
»A Vile, Idiotic Opera
The Marathon Family, a new opera buffa by Serbian composer Isidora Žebeljan, contains perhaps the most vile, reprehensible, disgusting, idiotic and amoral characters and plot in operatic history, and I loved ever one of its 88 uninterrupted minutes.
Also starring were Duncan Hayler’s set, and Nicola Raab’s direction, together a stage-manager’s