Pacific Opera Project 2017-18 Review – La Bohème / The Hipsters: An Intelligent Adaptation of the Puccini Classic Set in the 21st Century

On December 8, 2017, Pacific Opera Project presented its version of Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” called “The Hipsters.” Artistic Director and Company Co-Founder Josh Shaw defines “hipsters” as twenty to thirty-year-old well-educated members of a subculture that values independent thinking, an appreciation of art, creativity, intelligence, and the witty banter of well-educated young adults, many of whom have liberal arts {…}

Manhattan School of Music 2017-18 Review – Cendrillon: The Best Way to Get Into Holiday Spirit

As Manhattanites anxiously awaited the arrival of this Holiday season’s first snow, everyone seemed to buzz with excitement and wonder.  This magical contagion was carried into the opening night of Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon.”  Everyone gathered in an intimate Baroque style setting at the Alliance Française’s Florence Gould Hall, and it only felt natural to partake in {…}

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck 2017 Review – La Gioconda: Elena Mikhailenko Shines In Controversial But Effective Production

Amilcare Ponchielli was unfortunate in being born after his time had passed. Although recognized as a talented composer, he developed a reputation for composing music which always appeared to be a little dated, with the result that his operas have now largely been forgotten and rarely performed, eclipsed by the greater talent of Verdi, and that of his pupils at {…}

Gramercy Opera 2017-18 Review – Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Splendid Adaptation of the Classic Holiday Tale

Drawing upon one of the most beloved of Christmas stories, Gramercy Opera has captured a gem of the holiday spirit with its production of “Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – The Opera.” Staged in the historic Montauk Club of Brooklyn, built only 45 years after the original publication of Dickens’ story, audiences will feel as though they have stepped through a {…}