“...resourceful director Dan Rigazzi . . . has imbued this work with modern-day relevance, vitality, humor and more than a touch of Broadway pizzazz.”
Robert Croan - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"…Julius Caesar is a production full of fun, laughs, and heartfelt appreciation for the material.”
Elanor Ruth Smith - PA Theatre Guide
"Cheering broke out repeatedly during and at the end of Summerfest's presentation of Julius Caesar . . . Spectacular singing and smart modern staging, which provided much unexpected fun, were combined with dramatically astute orchestral contributions for nearly total success.”
Mark Kanny - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Rape of Lucretia at Pittsburgh opera
"Tuesday evening’s performance . . . was a powerful experience in which insightful interpretation left the tragedy and the questions it poses lingering in the mind for days.
The staging by Dan Rigazzi shows why the 2007 Carnegie Mellon University graduate is already working at the Metropolitan Opera . . . it is a mature interpretation, making smart decisions at every turn."
Mark Kanny--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"In his compelling staging of 'Lucretia,' Dan Rigazzi emphasizes the story's
timeless quality, with the Male and Female Choruses acting as Christian
missionaries, spying, as it were, on the salacious acts of pagans and misinterpreting pre-Christian events with modern moralism. Soldiers swagger in macho SS uniforms, and Lucretia and her maidservants are classically robed as they wait for the men to return home. The rape scene is strongly staged, with a powerful freeze tableau evoking Titian."
Robert Croan--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Tales of Hoffmann
"Director Dan Rigazzi revealed a knack for momentum . . . and drew natural, detailed acting from the singers."
Tim Smith--The Baltimore Sun