Mozart’sÂ Magic FluteÂ is probably his most complex opera,Â both musically and in terms of plot. Artistic directorÂ Donald PippinÂ and Stage DirectorÂ Nicolas AliagaÂ have chosen to present a delightful entertainment which does full justice to the Continue reading
There is only one possible word to describe Act I of the opera I saw on Sunday, February 16, 2014 — Beautiful. Never has Puccini’s gorgeous music been played with such delicate precision.Â Continue reading
It’s been a quiet couple of months on the opera scene in and near Palo Alto. Good thing for theÂ Opera Nut, since I’m just back in circulation after a week in the hospital and another week under house arrest as I recuperated. Nothing serious, thank you, and I’m now fully recovered — in the nick of time, since I have just seen four different operas in five days!Â Continue reading
I have a problem. How do I write a review ofÂ Opera San Jose’s production ofÂ Hansel & GretelÂ that expresses the utter joy that I felt Sunday afternoon November 17, 2013. Taking a slight liberty with the Rogers and Hammerstein song about Maria in The Sound of Music,Â Continue reading
There are some old favorites, such asÂ ToscaÂ in which the music, characters, and/or the plot are so complex that a skilled director can bring a new insight to the most jaded opera lover. Rossini’sÂ The Barber of SevilleÂ is not one of these. Â Continue reading
When you start with a plot byÂ Shakespeare, music byÂ Verdi, libretto byÂ Boito, an orchestra conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and title role sung byÂ Bryn Terfel, it is not surprising that the result is a wonderful evening of entertainment.Â Continue reading
Eugene OneginÂ byÂ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
MetHD Live, October 5, 2013
MetHD Encore, October 9, 2013
Cinemark, Palo Alto, CAÂ Continue reading
Dolores Claiborne is unforgettable.
I walk into the War Memorial Opera House, I show my ticket, the usher hands me a program, I glance at the cover, and WOW!