“Making [opera] more intimate, focusing on the theatricality of it, the relationships among characters — that’s where we need to go.” Read this article in which Crystal discusses Madama Butterfly at Opera Columbus.
"Ms. Manich’s staging was imaginative, freely mingling modern and antiquarian touches in the sets and costumes, and making clever use of shadow play." [-New York Times, September 11, 2013]
The Return of Ulysses, 2013
"Ms. Manich's blocking was nuanced, in contrast to her bold lighting. Puccini's glorious music is, of course, what powers this essentially static plot. But she directed a number of movements and glances that gave the action an unaffected atmosphere."
"Crystal Manich's new stage direction had great impact...Manich was masterly in presenting the dramatic confrontation between Cio-Cio San and her community after she renounces Japanese culture to become an American wife. She was imaginative in using the minimalist set and achieved strong character definition and interactions throughout."
"Crystal Manich’s lively staging meshes pathos and bathos with quirky touches alluding to Poisson Rouge’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, and illuminates the link between Cavalli’s satire and the commedia dell’arte tradition." [-New York Times]
"Who thinks opera is user unfriendly for the average person! This unbelievably fine cast with these appealingly bright costumes and ingenious staging makes an entertaining 2 1/2 hour evening."
"Crystal Manich's staging was charged with nuance."
"She managed to create visually impacting images...There was meticulous care in the atmosphere and details."
"The most striking aspect was the way Manich used lighting and stage manner."