opera in the ozarks

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Opera in the Ozarks 2018 Review: The Barber of Seville
Italian critic and musicologist Fedele d’Amico once praised Rossini for the “orgiastic spirit” and the “vital joy” of his music.  This is most true of his most effervescent and famous opera, “The Barber of Seville.” Experiencing it with a good singers and musicians can be like an indulgent meal of cotton candy. A special matinee performance of the piece in Springdale, Arkansas lived up to hedonistic expectations. The cast captured the…
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Opera in the Ozarks 2018 Review – The Ballad of Baby Doe: Cast Soars in American Classic
Beverly Sills once said the most challenging part of playing Baby Doe was making her likable from the start. The same might be said of the other main characters in Moore’s opera, all of whom are profoundly flawed and selfish.  At the opener of this year’s Opera in the Ozarks production an excellent cast reveals all the good in what could otherwise be a drama about a reprehensible trio. They portray…
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Opera in the Ozarks 2018 Review – Die Fledermaus: A Formidable Cast Enlivens Strauss Jr.’s Famed Masterwork
For 68 summers, Northwest Arkansas has been an opera haven for young singers. High atop the Rock Candy Mountain at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, amid lush forests and vistas of a golden horizon, Opera in the Ozarks serves as an artist colony for performers from across the United States. The experience culminates in a month-long opera festival -- by far Arkansas’ most important operatic event of the year. A…