Teatro La Fenice 2019-20 Review: A Hand Of Bridge/Bluebeard’s Castle

(Credit: Michele Crosera) The Teatro La Fenice’s pairing of Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” and Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge” certainly made for an interesting and unusual double bill, although the relationship between the works was not immediately evident. This was recognized by the director Fabio Ceresa who explored possible connections, but finding none, opted to stage them as two distinct, {…}

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale 2020 Review: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

(Credit: Frank Wing) “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo” is probably not one of those Handel works that you remember prominently. But it can definitely be among the most memorable when produced with the passion on display in San Francisco recently. Under Nicholas McGegan’s expert baton, the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players’ and producers Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cath Brittan and Brooklyn’s National {…}

Pacific Opera Project 2020 Review: Gianni Schicchi & L’Enfant et les sortileges

[Credit: Martha Benedict] For the first production of their 10th anniversary season, Los Angeles’s Pacific Opera Project chose to pair two one-act operas, Puccini’s late comic opera “Gianni Schicchi” with Ravel’s magical “L’Enfant et les sortilèges.” The performance took place at Thorne Hall at Eagle Rock’s Occidental College. Pacific Opera Project (POP) claims that this is the first time these {…}