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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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The Merry Wives of Windsor Review – Pocket Opera’s Production Had Everyone Laughing

Sir John Falstaff is a fictional character who appears in three of Shakespeare’s plays: King Henry IV — Part One, King Henry IV — Part Two, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. I don’t know about the historical plays, but Wikipedia lists 5 operas whose plot is based on the comedy:  Continue reading »

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Two Handles on Handel – Orlando (Pocket Opera) and Giulio Cesare (MetHD)

Before I start my review, I want to make it clear where I am coming from. I like the music of George Frideric Handel but Continue reading »

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Orpheus Review – Pocket Opera Captures Essence of Offenbach’s Farce

Offenbach is one of Donald Pippin’s favorite opera composers, and Orpheus in the Underworld is one of his operas most often produced by Pocket Opera. 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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Pocket Opera’s Tales of Hoffmann Review – Worth Seeing Twice

The Opera-year 2012-13 promises to be a banner year for one of my favorite operas. Continue reading »

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Norma, Pocket Opera Review – Pocket Production of a Melodious Eternal Triangle

The synopsis in the program starts by bringing us up to date: Norma, a much revered, awe-inspiring spiritual and political leader  Continue reading »

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Teseo Review – Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera does it again

George Frideric Handel was a German composer living in England who wrote Italian operas based on Greek legends for an English audience.  Continue reading »

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Count Ory Review – Pocket Opera and Rossini produce a comic masterpiece

Let’s start with a quiz.  You know how when you buy a book or disk from Amazon they’ll try to entice you to buy more by showing you a few more books and saying, “People who bought your selection also bought . . .  ?”  Well, my quiz is, which one of the following would be most likely to appear to complete the sentence, “People who enjoyed Rossini’s Count Ory also enjoyed”  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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