Twelfth Night reviewed in Bravo California

I just received a lovely review from music critic Daniel Kepl on About Twelfth Night, Daniel says:

[Twelfth Night] brought audiences at both Santa Barbara performances spontaneously to their feet in salute. Feigin’s magical score is key to that exhuberant response. Both sophisticated and playful, it pays subtle quasi-motivic homage to seveal opera composers of the past 300 years, each marinated in a distinctly Feiginesque harmonic sauce. Composed in the neoclassic nomenclature of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, with nods to Mozart (pithy vocal ensembles), Richard Strauss (bravura coloratura arias), Wagner (Feigin’s magnificent command of orchestration, especially his intoxicating use of French horn and woodwind riffs), with additional harmonic references to Mendelssohn (the opening chords of the opera), as well as Mahler and Britten, Twelfth Night stretched historic imagination as well as the technical capabilities of UCSB’s young singers and orchestra. Everyone involved clearly revelled in the opportunity.

Having seen both UCSB performances – I was not alone in wanting to experience this glittering masterpiece a second time – there is but one piece of advice to pass along to opera producers around the world: book this fresh and artistically satisfying opera at your earliest opportunity. It’s a sleeper that deserves to be in the repertory of major opera houses.

He also praised the work of my collaborators Benjamin Brecher, David Grabarkewitz, Brent Wilson, and all of the singers and musicians involved in the production.

To read the full review as a PDF, click here. You can read more of Daniel’s writing at

West coast premiere of Twelfth Night on January 30, February 1

The UCSB Department of Music will be presenting the west coast premiere of my opera, Twelfth Night, on January 30 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall in Santa Barbara. A second performance is scheduled for February 1 at 1 pm. This version is produced by Benjamin Brecher and directed by David Grabarkewitz.

Tickets for both performances, along with complete details, will be available on the UCSB website at

I hope to see you there!

Robert Cassidy recording fundraiser

Today I received news that pianist Robert Cassidy plans to include my piece Four Elegies on his next album. The album will also include Debussy’s Preludes, Book II, and Chopin’s Barcarolle in F#, Op. 60, so I am in good company! His previous album, released on Albany Records, includes the first book of Debussy preludes, as well as music by Mozart and David Noon. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major retailers, or by clicking here.

Robert is currently running a campaign to fund the recording. To contribute, visit