A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET 1970 WASHINGTON OPERA 1972 NEW YORK CITY OPERA
An OPERA by FREDERICK DELIUS
Harold Schoenberg, The New York Times
Some of the scenes in the Delius opera were of exquisite nuance and beauty. The dream sequence, for example, with the montage effects, came off magnificently. And the “Walk to the Paradise Gardens”—the one part of the opera that all music lovers know—was handled in a manner that left conventional staging far behind. This was sheer poetry, with its evocation of nature and the lovers walking hand‐in hand to their doom. The ending, too, was beautifully done, and one could actually see the barge drift into the river.