Photo: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

                                                                   Photo: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

“Not only is it, at an hour and ten minutes, a more compact and much more intimate alternative to Handel’s “Messiah,” it is also, like the Cloisters itself, a cultural treasure that we can proudly claim—authentically European, forever New York." 

– The New Yorker, January 15, 2013

“a charming solution to the problem that allows for easy understanding of the story….this production begins with a storyteller, a woman costumed appropriately to biblical times, who welcomes the audience in conversational English…..when the music started with a solemn chant in Latin, even children in the audience seemed engrossed, since they already knew what was going to happen." 

 – The New York Times, December 28, 2014 

After seeing it on Saturday, I am convinced that “The Play of Daniel,” which lasts less than an hour, could have run for a month and attracted eager audiences."

- The New York Times, December 22, 2008

“With singers playing multiple roles, instrumentalists joining the chorus and everyone dancing, this was truly an ensemble effort. The Cloisters must bring it back next holiday season, ideally for an extended run.”

 - The New York Times, December 22, 2008

“Musicological authenticity was the last thought on my mind during Mr. Minter’s charming production of this austerely beautiful work.”

The New York Times, December 22, 2008

“At the end the entire ensemble joins in a soaring, spine-tingling recessional chorus, accompanied by just a spare sequence of bells, praising Jesus’ birth. The very old felt, for a few minutes, very much of our time.”

- The New York Times, January 13, 2013

“In the spirit of the Greenberg premiere, this production, staged by Drew Minter, with musical direction by Mary Anne Ballard, brought together instrumentalists and singers to create a version that both honored and completely refreshed the sources.”  

The New York Times, December 22, 2008 

“A talented group of performers made a convincing case that there was something decidedly operatic happening far before the Renaissance.”

– The New York Times, January 13, 2013

“When it was presented at the Cloisters in 1958 by New York Pro Musica, this Old Testament musical drama, a product of thirteenth-century France, jump-started the early-music movement in America. Now the acclaimed fiftieth-anniversary staged production, created in 2008 under the direction of Drew Minter and Mary Anne Ballard, comes to another great space, Trinity Church.”  

The New Yorker – 2014 holiday season preview

“After the 1958 performances, Edward Downes wrote, in the Times, that 'there were voices in the audience pleading not only for an extension of this year’s run but also for making this an annual New Year’s season observance at the Cloisters.' I couldn’t agree more.”  

- The New Yorker, January 15, 2013

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