Lauren McNee Performs on New Courtroom Opera VOIR DIRE

Lauren McNee, Pritzker Hageman’s very own Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, can be heard playing flute, piccolo (and even the kazoo!) on the just released original-cast album VOIR DIRE – A Courtroom Opera.

Some people might not know this, but in addition to being a stellar digital marketer, Lauren is also a celebrated and in-demand flute performer, teacher and writer. And she has a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota! We at Pritzker Hageman think that with Lauren (AKA Dr. McNee) being both an expert in the intricacies of legal marketing and a highly sought-after musician, VOIR DIRE is the perfect combination for her talents!

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“Startlingly immediate and journalistic, as gripping as a great feature story, and made memorable by the depth and texture of the music”
The Wall Street Journal


Lauren McNee - Voir Dire Opera PosterVOIR DIRE – A Courtroom Opera

The 2017 world-premiere performance of composer Matthew Peterson and librettist Jason Zencka’s true-crime, courtroom opera at Fort Worth Opera received national critical acclaim and was featured at the 2017 Opera America Conference. Voir Dire is inspired by Zencka’s experience’s as a reporter on the courthouse beat in Wisconsin.

Recorded in 2018 at Minnesota Public Radio Studios with funding from the Swedish Arts Council, this 90-minute recording features breathtaking performances by five young opera artists (Anna Laurenzo, Trevor Martin, Nate Mattingly, Christina Pecce, & Andrew Surrena), accompanied by an ensemble of nine Minnesota musicians led by conductor Viswa Subbaraman.


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“Darkly brilliant”-Classical Review

“Voir Dire drills unsentimentally into the tragedies of ordinary people…its power lies in how believably it conveys their emotions”-Opera Now

“Nothing short of brilliant – presenting a bitter critique – sometimes darkly humorous, often brutal – of American culture, complete with vividly drawn characters and a hauntingly eclectic score”-Classical Review

“Unrelenting drama, variously tragic, violent and ineffably sad”-The Dallas Morning News

“Virtuosic and stunning music”-The Column Online

“Peterson and Zencka have created a compellingly complex dramatic tapestry”-Classical Review

“Based on Zencka’s own experience as a court reporter, it’s like channel surfing among crime shows, from tragic to comic to zany absurdity”-The Dallas Morning News

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