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In Review: SWELL  HERE, NY National Sawdust Log 7.14.19


"...revelatory... terrific... inventive" Chicago Reader

"Silence—feeling as long as five seconds—seemed to underline that we in the audience were now a part of opera history." PictureThisPost

"When was the last time a performance of any kind gave you cold chills? ... the visceral and literal sort of chills that lets you know something inside you has been moved? That was how I felt at last night’s performance of InsightALT: The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing " TheTuxedoRevolt


"...Vibrant... remarkable... gorgeous...masterful." BWW Opera


"...elliptical and poignant... A chess game scene between Turing and his fiancee portrayed the tragically painful and farcically awkward breaking-up of a relationship with uncomfortable accuracy..."


"Chen has a real knack for encapsulating sense of place through sound....Chen embodies the echoes heard as one speaking resounds in the lofted hallways and rafters of the church sanctuary... a sense of place...depth, nuance and dimension – a 3-D sound effect if you will... a tremendously fun effect." operapulse


"... lyrical, atmospheric...striking. Throughout, Ms. Chen balances despair and humor." The New York Times

"...inventive, powerful, and distinctly personal, with vocal writing distinguished by its sure-handed maturity and lyrical sweep...Its ethereal beauty and demanding virtuosity built to a climax of supplicating ululations, and was deeply affecting."

"... gripping... dark, complex... striking... wrenching."



BRAVA to the ever luminous Jen Zetlan and Nana Shi and their phenomenal performance of PHILOMEL in my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn Heights! Thank you, BASS!

THANKS to Johnathan McCullough and Carol Wong for their charmingly hilarious performance of my Platform Anxiety song! April 13, 2023 -Thanks also to Carnegie Hall, Citywide!

THANK YOU to the cast and crew of THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!!  Chicago Tribune  COT Interview Out Chicago
What to do in Chicago
Crain's Business
The Economist
Chicago Tribune

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Maryland Opera Studio for their beautiful performance of TWA - a new opera with librettist Jacqueline Goldfinger!

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