Tag Archives: Mozart

The Magic Flute Review – Pocket Opera is Magic

Mozart’s Magic Flute is probably his most complex opera, both musically and in terms of plot. Artistic director Donald Pippin and Stage Director Nicolas Aliaga have chosen to present a delightful entertainment which does full justice to the Continue reading »

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Così Fan Tutte Review – A big company takes on a small opera

Over the years I have seen Così Fan Tutte many times, and this is the third production for which I have written a review (read my previous reviews). I have seen it played as a light-hearted comedy. I have seen it played more darkly with Don Alfonso more of a villain playing with other people’s souls. I have seen Despina fully conniving with Don Alfonso’s schemes, and Continue reading »

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Pocket Opera’s Don Giovanni Review – A Masterpiece

At 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 10, 2013 the house lights dim then brighten and Dianna Shuster, Executive Director comes on stage to make her opening announcement. A few of us old-timers start to applaud, not only to tell Dianna that we love her, but to Continue reading »

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Magic Flute SFOpera Review – A 21st Century Production that Works

Let me begin by quoting extensively from the note by Director Harry Silverstein which appeared in the program Continue reading »

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Yanked from the Harem Review – Pocket Opera’s interpretation of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio

March certainly came in like a lamb this year.  Continue reading »

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Don Giovanni Review – An old favorite in modern dress

Friday night, February 17, 2012, was the third and last production of Don Giovanni that I have seen and reviewed this season.  Continue reading »

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Don Giovanni MetHD – Second Production this Season

The advance program said that James Levine would be the conductor.  The program at the theater door listed Fabio Luisi as the conductor.  At intermission, Renée Fleming interviewed Maestro Luisi and we found out that he was the Met’s new Principal Conductor.  Obviously there was a story here. Continue reading »

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Don Giovanni SF Opera – First of Four Productions this Season

The Opera season 2011-12 could well be called “The Year of the Don”.  In the space of four months I am planning to see four different productions of Mozart’s masterpiece – two live stage performances and two on HD:  Continue reading »

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Idomeneo – 12th Century BCE Greek Story – 18th Century Mozart Music – 21st Century American Staging

Although I had never seen or heard Idomeneo before, I knew I’d like it – I mean, it’s Mozart so what else do you need to know? Continue reading »

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Marriage of Figaro – Servants outsmart masters; women outsmart men; what is the world coming to?

What a contrast! A couple of weeks ago I spent 17 hours in 6 days seeing Wagner’s 4 glorious Ring operas with all their significance, dramatic music, and deep emotions without even a chuckle of humor. Last week I spent approximately the same number of hours in 8 days attending 3 operas, a play, and two play-readings all of which were light, filled with laughter, and (for the operas) musically hummable. Continue reading »

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