Artist of the Week: Efraín Solís

On Feb. 17, the Hawai’i Opera Theatre is set to open a production of “L’Elisir d’Amore” with a cast of rising stars making a house debut. Among the {…}

Opera Meets Film: The Realism of Francesco Rosi’s ‘Carmen’

Films based on opera often feel inadequate. They are frequently an attempt to introduce reality into art, and this concept is flawed. Directors fail to realize that what it should {…}

Artist of the Week: Alasdair Kent

Happy 2023! With the arrival of the new year, the Wiener Staatsoper will continue to celebrate with a revival of Rossini’s masterful comedy “Il Barbiere di {…}

Opera Meets Film: Kotlyarevsky’s ‘Natalka Poltavka’ From Stage to Screen

Ukrainian writer Ivan Kotlyarevsky wrote the original story of “Natalka Poltavka” in 1819. Scholars and nationals alike consider Kotlyarevsky to be the “father” of Ukraine’s literature. Having helped Ukrainian literature make the jump from its older form to its new form in the late 18th to early 19th centuries, Kotlyarevsky (much like Pushkin for Russian literature) mirrored the societies in which {…}