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
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!
For weeks I had been looking forward to the night of Saturday, June 23 2013 and the second performance ever of the world premier production ofÂ The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.Â Continue reading
Over the years I have seenÂ Cosé¬ Fan TutteÂ many times, and this is the third production for which I have written a review (readÂ 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
This is the seventh performance and the fourth different production of Tales of Hoffmann that I have seen during just the past year — and by far the most different. Since I have already written three reviews, I don’t want to repeat myself by talking about the plot. If you are not already familiar with the plot of a classic production, you may want to read my review of the Pocket Opera production before proceeding with this review. Continue reading
Years and years ago when I was a lad of sixty or so I attended performances of the Minneapolis Symphony and the Minnesota Opera.Â I would then read the review of the performance in the Minneapolis paper and become extremely annoyed by the music critic Continue reading
There is opera and there is modern opera — and there isÂ Wagner.Â And as I have just discovered,Â Wagner doesn’t just meanÂ Wagner’sÂ Ring.Â Believe it or not, last night, (October 24, 2012) was the first time I had ever seen hisÂ Lohengrin.Â And have I been missing something wonderful!Â Continue reading