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In Review Stage Reviews
Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – La Traviata: Not Even Plácido Domingo Can Save Jean-François Sivadier’s Misguided Production
It is not too difficult to stage Verdi’s ever-popular tear-jerker “La Traviata.” Francesco Maria Piave’s libretto and stage directions are so detailed any director with access to a few lengths of velvet and some stock chandeliers can create a plausible mis-en-scène to serve Verdi’s marvelous, emotive music. French director Jean-François Sivadier, whose operatic resumé is shorter than a Rossini semiquaver, managed to turn the glamorous demi-monde divertissements of 19th century…
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PBS To Air Met Opera’s ‘La Bohème’ Starring Sonya Yoncheva & Michael Fabiano
PBS will showcase Puccini’s “La Bohème” from the Metropolitan Opera as part of its Great Performances Series on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The broadcast will kick off at 12 p.m. EDT and will showcase soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the tragic Mimì. This was the second of Yoncheva’s big season, during which she appeared on three Live in HD broadcasts. Her “Tosca” was not presented in this season’s PBS slate. Michael…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – Andrea Chénier: Jonas Kaufmann Shines, But Another Star Is Brighter
Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier” is in many ways a sibling of Puccini’s “Tosca.” Both were sired by librettist Luigi Illica and both share the staple verismo ingredients of sex, politics, romantic obsession, frustrated baritones, and a grim end for the protagonists. There is also the common factor of youth in all its sanguine exuberance. Cavaradossi and Chénier are idealists with fatal subversive proclivities, while Tosca and Maddalena are plucky paramours prepared…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – La Bohème: Michael Fabiano In Top Form Alongside Splendid Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Lucas Meachem & Others
Puccini’s “La Bohème” made a return to the Metropolitan Opera on Friday, February 16, 2018, with a cast that is slated for an HD performance a week from today. On the evidence of this opening night performance, that transmission the world over should be quite special. Zeffirelli’s production needs no introduction (though if you want some commentary, check out these previous reviews from Operawire, here and here) but it must…
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Bertrand De Billy & Marco Armiliato To Replace James Levine
The Metropolitan Opera has announced replacements for James Levine for "Luisa Miller" and "Il Trovatore." Macro Armiliato will lead performances of "Il Trovatore" starring Maria Agresta as Leonora, Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, and Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena. Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi will share the role of Count di Luna, with Štefan Kocán and Kwangchul Youn both singing the role of Ferrando. Performances are scheduled for Jan. 22, 26, 30, Feb…
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Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017-18 Review – Rigoletto: Matthew Polenzani, Quinn Kelsey and Rosa Feola Dazzle in Verdi’s Tragedy
The Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its season with a fabulous collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet with the French version of "Orphée et Eurydice." It was a sensational production, although the fact that Gluck’s work doesn’t really feature a great amount of singing perhaps left a void for some hearty Lyric operagoers. Anybody who felt that way certainly had their wishes met with the company’s staging of Verdi's "Rigoletto" in…
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Metropolitan Opera Review 2016-17 – Cyrano de Bergerac: Alagna & Rowley Lead Production Filled With ‘Panache’
Franco Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” has never truly managed to establish a foothold in the operatic canon. The work only premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and Roberto Alagna, the opera’s most dedicated interpreter has stated that he struggled to find a company willing to take a chance on it. Despite its Italian composer, the music works very much in the vein of Debussy, Alfano eschewing sustained melody in…
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Wiener Staatsoper To Live Stream Donizetti’s ‘L’Elisir D’Amore’ Starring Olga Peretyatko & Dmitry Korchak
Are you free this Sunday and want to see an opera from Vienna? This Sunday, Feb. 26 the Wiener Staatsoper will Live Stream Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" from its Live Stream service. The cast includes Olga Mariotti-Peretyatko, Dmitry Korchak, Adam Plachetka and Alessio Arduini. Marco Armiliato conducts the classic Otto Schenk production which was released on DVD by Virgin Classics a few years ago. The live stream will be available through…
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Manon Lescaut CD Review: Anna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov Deliver Puccini’s ‘Desperate Passion’ in Intelligent Performance
When Puccini set out to write his “Manon Lescaut,” the composer drew attention to his “feeling it like an Italian, with a desperate passion.” Though the comment came in the context of his comparing it with Massenet’s own interpretation of the work, that idea of desperation has certainly played into numerous readings of the work. A look at the catalogue of recordings throughout history certainly points to some gems that…