The New York Times

Sunday Profile:
"A Survivor, Inspired by Love and Loss"
Michael Hersch’s New Opera Reflects on a Friend’s Death
The New York Times, June 20, 2014
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The New York Times

Opera Review:
Inner Musings on a Precarious Descent
The New York Times, June 26, 2014
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Goings on About Town
Michael Hersch’s “On the Threshold of Winter”
The New Yorker, June 25, 2014 Full Article

The Baltimore Sun

Opera Review:
An unsettling monodrama, a tour de force performance at Peabody
The Baltimore Sun, October 5, 2015
By Tim Smith
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Opera Preview:
In his opera On the Threshold of Winter, composer Michael Hersch ventures into the anguished world of the terminally ill
Nashville Scene, October 29, 2015
By John Pitcher
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The Baltimore Sun

Opera Review:
Michael Hersch's first opera an unconventional take on life and death
The Baltimore Sun, June 20, 2014
By Tim Smith
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Opera Preview:
Operă americană în premieră mondială pe versuri de Marin Sorescu
Cotidianul, July 1, 2014 Full Article


JHU Hub Magazine

'Winter' is a deeply personal debut opera for Peabody's Michael Hersch JHU Hub Magazine, June 30, 2014
By Bret McCabe
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Michael Hersch, Illustration by Luca Laurenti

Mourning Through Music: Michael Hersch in Conversation with Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson Johns Hopkins Health Review
Fall/Winter 2015 Volume 2 Issue 2
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"... a work of great originality, daring, and disturbing power"
— The Baltimore Sun

"The two-act monodrama, which received its searing premiere on Wednesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is about illness and death ... A traumatized silence clung to the Fishman Space auditorium after the last line sung by the soprano Ah Young Hong, the opera’s blazing, lone star: “Terrible is the passage/ Into the fold/ Both for man/ And /Animal.” ... Death casts a long shadow over the recent work of Mr. Hersch, who lost a close friend to cancer while battling the disease himself. But in 'On the Threshold of Winter' Mr. Hersch has given himself the space to burrow past anger and incomprehension in search of an art fired by empathy and compassion."
— The New York Times

"Hersch, now in his second decade as one of the most prominent composers in the country, writes masterly modernist music of implacable seriousness. After personal tragedy - he not only battled cancer but watched a close friend die of the disease - he came to write his first opera, a monodrama for soprano employing texts from the final collection of the Romanian poet Marin Sorescu."
— The New Yorker

"... Hersch is so sincere in his darkness, and so sophisticated in his expressivity, that he can make the morbid magical."
— New York Magazine

"... On the Threshold of Winter is a journey into fatal illness that, in Hersch's hands, acknowledges no distance, safe or otherwise, between a listener and the suffering protagonist. ... Yes, it's that dark - as Hersch tends to be, but in ways that are purely existential and without moral corruption. There are no bad personas in Hersch's works, only innocents confronting an overwhelming world."
— The Philadelphia Inquirer

"a masterpiece"
— Cotidianul