Praise for "La gazzetta"
"The orchestra, reduced to a chamber ensemble of 10, was easily overlooked most of the time, but the careful conducting of Brooke deRosa kept everything together."
-Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"Which brings up the fine work of the chamber orchestra, led with remarkable precision by Brooke deRosa, who has reduced Rossini’s traditional score to an ensemble of ten instruments....deRosa’s propulsive tempi and sharp rhythms kept her orchestra in uncanny synchronization with the eight principals and choral forces across the room throughout the evening."
-Rodney Punt, Classical Voice America
"Brooke deRosa conducted with stylistic acumen, in a reduced orchestration of her own creation. In spite of the sprawling playing space and the supreme challenge of the musical complexities, Maestra deRosa commanded her forces with admirable precision."
-James Sohre, Opera Today
Praise for "The Monkey's Paw"
"DeRosa’s song-like piano score accompanies the voices to good advantage and never overpowers them. She makes a fine impression with her first opera. I am told that she may add a string quartet to the accompaniment or orchestrate the score for a chamber ensemble. I’d like to see this opera again in any form available."
"While this is composer deRosa’s first opera, her music achieved a high level of sophistication, mood and lyrical riches that complemented the suspenseful storyline nicely and at the same time gave the singers enough material to shine. "
-Living Out Loud, L.A.
"DeRosa shows promise as a composer and is evidently at a very productive time in her creative output."
-Culture Spot L.A.
"The spookiness comes not so much in any quick surprises but in the horror the audience develops in waiting for the other shoe to drop. It comes in the skill of the writing and the agility and talent of the cast to heighten every moment in this world. Very engaging to watch. A perfect delivered little fable."
The Search for Simon has won best score at the Portsmouth International Film Festival. It has also won Awards at the Monaco International Film Festival and the Boston Sci Fi Film Festival.
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"Songs of Orpheus"
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion-
Eva and Mark Stern Grand Hall
*immediately following "Eurydice"