The New York Times Critic Anthony Tommasini put Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic’s June 2013 performance of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero on his list of the year’s memorable concerts.
“Alan Gilbert, a champion of the most challenging 20th-century scores,” he wrote,
was at his inspired best for the New York Philharmonic’s concert performance in June of Luigi Dallapiccola’s opera “Il Prigioniero” (“The Prisoner”). First staged in Italy in 1950, this wrenching work is the story of a nameless prisoner during the Spanish Inquisition who is visited by his mother. The audience responded with a five-minute ovation for a 12-tone opera. How often does that happen?
On WQXR’s Operavore, critic Fred Plotkin gave Il Prigioniero two of his “First Annual Excellence in Opera Awards (AKA The Freddies),” for Sustained Excellence in Performance and Operas New to Me.