In Review Stage Reviews
Opera Omaha ONE Festival 2017-18 Review: ‘Medea’ and Contemporary Ideas Combine for Intriguing Overall Concept
Opera Omaha was handed a dilemma in its inaugural ONE Festival when it was forced to replace the title role in Fiona Shaw’s version of “Medea,” a co-production with the Wexford Festival Opera, due to illness less than three weeks before the show. The solution was inelegant but probably the best that could be mustered under the circumstances with an unusual bit of double casting.  Soprano Jessica Stavros sang the…
High Notes On This Day
7 Operas That Maria Callas Rescued From Obscurity
Maria Callas is arguably THE greatest opera star in history. Born on Dec. 2, 1923, the Greek singer (who was born in New York City) would become a turning point in the history of the art form, with some going so far as to claim there was a period “Before Callas” and one “After Callas.” Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera.” Obviously transcendent figures cause great polarization and…
In Review Stage Reviews
Wexford Festival Opera 2017 – Medea: Heavy-Handed Direction Distracts From Soprano Lise Davidsen’s Stunning Showcase
In order to successfully produce any work for the theatre, be it an opera or otherwise, a director must have a clear vision of the themes they wish to explore or highlight, and of the means by which they will present them, so that the audience can engage with the work in an intelligent and meaningful way. Fiona Shaw, the director of Wexford Festival Opera’s production of Luigi Cherubini’s “Medea,”…