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Tosca ROH – A Five-* Production

Tosca is one of my favorite operas.  The complex dramatic plot and the sublime music of Giacomo Puccini alone are enough to put it in my top ten. First, the music is so melodic, so listenable that I find myself humming bits of it for weeks after attending a performance.  In addition, the music and the words and the action are so perfectly blended that the whole is far greater the sum of its already great parts. Continue reading »

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Adriana Lecouvreur – an ROH production of a rarely performed opera

What an exciting experience I had last Sunday, October 19, 2011.  I walked into the delightfully remodeled Camera 3 Cinema and took my comfortable seat knowing almost nothing about what to expect. Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur sounded vaguely familiar to me, Continue reading »

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Macbeth – an ROH production of Verdi’s darkest opera

Verdi’s Macbeth is a dark opera. It is relentlessly dark. There is no hint of a chuckle, no glimmer of romance anywhere in it. Of course, Shakespeare’s play is pretty dark, Continue reading »

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La Traviata – Classic Opera at its Best

I suppose in theory that I could eventually get tired of seeing and hearing Verdi’s La Traviata — but it would take more than the seven performances I have seen of four different productions of it during the past year. Continue reading »

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