Gans-Morse’s music deftly combined influences from the early Renaissance and Baroque (and even a bit of Dixieland jazz)… Contemporary opera is alive in Oregon, and not just that, it’s vital, addressing contemporary issues with determination and compassion.
James McQuillen, The Oregonian
Coverage of How Can You Own The Sky?
“How Can You Own The Sky? provides emotional catharsis on par with the great masterworks of the past. The dramatic score is brought to life through first-class orchestration and connects seamlessly with the poetry. Both the musicians and the audience were deeply touched by the experience.”
Martin Majkut, Conductor
Additional media appearances & profiles
Additional coverage of The Canticle of the Black Madonna
An Oregon-grown opera addresses modern tragedies with rich music and compassion
Review of The Canticle of the Black Madonna (PDF)
“The Canticle of the Black Madonna” – a fine effort by a new opera to tackle serious subjects
Classical music is often rightly accused of ignoring the here and now. Fortunately, many younger composers are using classical and postclassical forms to help us understand the sometimes-unpleasant realities of the world we live in.
Brett Campbell, writing about Ethan Gans-Morse in Eugene Weekly