What Others Are Saying About My Music

Jake Heggie, composer (Moby Dick)

"Douglas Pew and Dara Weinberg succeeded beautifully with a moving, touching, funny and meaningful piece called 'A Game of Hearts'. Not only did the opera work as theater with Dara's excellent libretto, Doug went to the root of the emotional world of the opera and wrote music that illuminated the characters and situation with a showman's touch and poet's soul. He let it take flight."


"Penny [by Douglas Pew and Dara Weinberg] is a story we haven't heard before, told with compelling directness and through effective music. It's about an adult autistic woman finding her voice. This may be one of the most interesting roles I've seen recently. The different levels of musical characterization were far more than merely evocative, and they succeeded on a dramatic as well as a musical level. Penny simply works, not because we should like it, but because it has a story to tell."


"Pew has a particularly strong sense of sonority, and he uses the entire keyboard to great sonorous effect. Sensual, other-worldly, expressive and showcasing a rich harmonic pallet. The language is luminous and chromatic, with just enough hints of tonality to help juxtapose the improbable harmonic shifts. His approach to the keyboard...has it's ancient roots in Debussy's pianism, demanding hushed pianissimo dynamics and a nonteleological approach to development. Pew has a unique voice that is sure to connect with audiences, while saying something fresh, profound and meaningful.”


"Pew's score-mirabile dictu-soars into a beautiful, Romantic vocal triptych. It was a stunning, quality moment. Vocal composers today are still haunted by Puccini. They fear Puccini, fear his gift for melodies and arias, and are deathly afraid to be compared unfavorably to him. Pew and Weinberg evidently do not fear Puccini. Monday evening's Kennedy Center audience didn't miss this magical moment during which this your team fully re-engaged with tradition."


"The engrossing one-hour opera Penny [by Douglas Pew and Dara Weinberg] is a thought-provoking musical feast. There are moments of real genius in this opera – where character, music, and song meet in a way that is pure magic."