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Dallas Opera 2018-2019 Review: Der Fliegende Holländer


Halloween is around the corner and the Dallas Opera has, by chance or choice, opened its season with an opera that offers equal servings of fright and delight.  The second performance of the run was jaw-droppingly good, the stuff of crazy dreams and desperate nightmares. The story is relatively simple. Satan has cursed the Dutchman to wander the seas aimlessly {…}

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Opera Theatre of St. Louis 2018 Review – An American Soldier: A Moving Tribute To The Distressing Death of Private Danny Chen


There is only one point in which the character of Private Danny Chen leaves the stage in composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang’s “An American Soldier,” seen in its world premiere this past weekend at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. It is near the end when the soldier dies and his final words when alive are as such: {…}


Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (6/1-3): ‘Brokeback Mountain’ & ‘An America Soldier’ Dominate Weekend


With Memorial Day Weekend now past, more opera companies are back in business. This weekend’s offerings feature a wide range of repertoire, including two major continental premieres. Here are our recommendations (in alphabetical order by company). La Favorita – New Amsterdam Opera The New Amsterdam Opera showcases a rare performance of Donizetti’s “La Favorite,” which will be dedicated to the {…}


Boston Baroque presents Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’


The Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque is set to present Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio” in its Boston Baroque debut performance. The presentation will represent the first-ever period instrument presentation of the work in Boston and will offer a rare opportunity for audiences to enjoy a semi-staged showcase of the two-act version of “Fidelio.” The performance will be conducted by Music Director Martin {…}


Mostly Mozart Festival Announces 2018 season


The Mostly Mozart Festival has announced its 2018 season featuring a Bernstein celebration and some of Mozart’s greatest works. Staged Productions  Conductor Louis Langrée, the Festival Orchestra, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and a huge cast of singers, musicians, and dancers celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with a fully staged production of his bold 1971 MASS. The production will be directed by SF Opera {…}

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Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017-18 Review – Così Fan Tutte: Crebassa and Martinez shine in Mozart’s Infidelity Comedy


The basic premise of “Così fan tutte” is that the women are the butt of the joke as they are fooled by wily old Don Alfonso and the maid Despina into falling for men from distant Albania while believing that their lovers are away having gone to war. Despite that plot point, it is fair to say “advantage women” for {…}


How Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Joined Forces With Huang Ruo & David Henry Hwang To World Premiere New Version of ‘An American Soldier’


Few companies are pushing the envelope when it comes to developing new American opera than Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The company is now entering its fifth season of the New Works, Bold Voices series, which fosters new American operas on American themes. For the upcoming 2018 festival, the company will be producing the world premiere of Huang Ruo and {…}

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Wexford Festival Opera 2017 Review – Margherita: Strong Production Makes Case that Foroni Could Have Challenged Verdi For Mantle of Italy’s Top Composer


Following Donizetti’s death in 1848 the mantle of Italian opera eventually passed onto Verdi, something that today appears to have been a natural and uncontested succession. Yet, this was not so certain a transition as it now seems. A number of other composer also vied for the accolade, including a now almost unknown composer from Verona, called Jacopo Foroni. Hailing {…}


Lyric Opera of Chicago Joins Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Ryan Opera Ensemble for Concert Series Starring Lawrence Brownlee, Nicole Cabell, Christine Goerke & More


The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in association with Lyric Unlimited has announced its fourth annual “Beyond the Aria” showcase for 2017-18. Per the company’s website, “this highly-acclaimed series features intimate performances by celebrated singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago paired with rising stars from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.” This year the showcase will {…}