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Barber of Seville SFOpera Review – Some new Twists on an old Favorite

There are some old favorites, such as Tosca 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’s The Barber of Seville is not one of these.   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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Italian Girl in Algiers – Brave Heroine Rescues Helpless Hero from Fate Worse than Death

What’s not to like? Music by Rossini — always pleasant and hummable; Improbable plot — so what else is new in opera; happy ending — I mean really happy — good guys get what they want and bad guys turn out to be not bad at all. You walk out of the theatre humming melodies, chuckling, and feeling good. Continue reading »

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The Barber of Seville – Always delightful

How can anyone not like Rossini’s The Barber of Seville? The music is so light-hearted and tuneful, the good guys are so sweet and simple, the bad guys are so ridiculous you can’t hate them, the love story is so predictable, and the details of the plot are so absurd — what is there not to like? Continue reading »

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Armida and Rinaldo Review – or The Crusader and the Magician

Our San Francisco Splash Opera Nut is presenting readers with two very different operatic interpretations of the same classic legend.  Continue reading »

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