Mostly Mozart Festival 2019 Review: Soprano Jeanine De Bique & Budapest Festival Orchestra

(Photo Credit: Kevin Yatarola) On August 4, 2019, the Budapest Festival Orchestra brought their talents to David Geffen Hall for an exciting program of works by Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. Joining conductor Ivan Fischer and the orchestra was Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique, making her debut performance with the Mostly Mozart Festival in spectacular fashion. First, Haydn Starting the evening’s {…}

Mostly Mozart 2019 Festival Review: ‘A Little Night Music’ with Susanna Phillips & Myra Huang

(Credit: Kevin Yatarola) On July 30, 2019, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival took to the Kaplan Penthouse for a concert lit by candlelight, as part of their “A Little Night Music” concert series. This episode featured soprano Susanna Phillips, accompanied by pianist Myra Huang, the latter making her debut with the Mostly Mozart Festival. The evening’s program consisted of songs {…}

Croatian National Theatre Rijeka 2018-19 Review: Elektra

(Photo: Dražen Sokčević) For many opera houses, the idea of staging Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” sends bean-counters in the Finance Department into spasms of Klytämnestra-like apoplexy. Their concern is not the need for five expensive A-list “Don Carlos” soloists or the cost of a colossal “Boris Godunov” chorus, but the logistics of enlisting 111 musicians to play 120 instruments. The financially astute composer {…}