Works for the Stage

Works for the Stage

With Blood, With Ink

A chamber opera in one act, music by Daniel Crozier. 

Professional World Premiere
recording available on:

Albany Records
Arkiv Musik



The opera is strongly organized, dramatically powerful, inventively framed . . . With Blood, With Ink is gripping, dramatic and philosophically relevant.
— Opera News
. . . a tightly constructed opera in nine scenes, centered on a charismatic real-life heroine, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century Mexican nun and poet. Mr. Krask’s spare, dramatic libretto seamlessly incorporates some of Juana’s poetry . . . with . . . strong theatrical devices.
— The Wall Street Journal
. . . a remarkably vital and stageworthy work. Despite the youth of Crozier and Krask when they conceived it, virtually every creative decision was so astutely gauged that you might think they were old hands at the opera game . . . Krask’s libretto intelligently compresses the facts . . .
— Journal of the Music Critics Association of North America
. . . a drama that explores the tyranny of paternalistic hierarchy and the still relevant issues of political fundamentalism versus intellectual rationalism . . . ideas even more timely in 2014. Krask’s libretto offer some arresting verbal moments . . . a flawless and imaginative libretto . . . rich with lovely and thrilling moments.
— D Magazine
Krask’s libretto is a marvel of organization and literary excellence. Libretti have sunk many an operatic ship, but here the opera sails on Krask’s well-crafted framework.
— Theater Jones
. . . a fascinating and moving music drama . . . of contrast, intrigue and, most important, emotive power and dignity . . . masterful story-telling throughout . . . Krask resists standard archetypes and two-dimensional characterizations . . .
— Fanfare


The Language of Birds

An opera in two acts, music by John Kennedy. Commissioned by the Sarasota Opera

. . . charming . . . proved to be a persuasive piece of musical drama . . . a beguiling addition to the genre.
— St. Petersburg Times
It is no easy task to create an opera matched to young performers that is artful enough to engage a sophisticated adult audience . . . a youth opera of great note . . . the wit of the libretto, excellent throughout . . . drew cheers from the audience.
— Sarasota Herald Tribune