LoftOpera 2017 Review – Otello: A Powerful Leading Lady & Unique Ambience Make Great Case for Rossini’s Shakespeare Adaptation

I preface this by stating that this review is for the performance on March 20, 2017. I would also like to recognize that this is just one performance of a six-performance run. In an ideal situation, I would attend every performance and write a detailed review of the overall work. As it stands, I can only go on my perspective of one performance. A few months ago, I wrote about {…}

Weekend Preview (12/16-18) – USA: Metropolitan, Houston Grand & Anchorage Opera Among Options in Barren Holiday Season

The holiday season means that few opera companies are in full swing in the United States. Thankfully, as the case last weekend, there are still operas pulling out the stops to ensure that opera-hungry audiences are not left famished. Here are the opera companies in the US. On Friday, the Metropolitan Opera showcases its second performance of Verdi’s “Nabucco” starring {…}

Q & A: Music Director Sean Kelly on ‘Macbeth’ & Why New Yorkers Love LoftOpera

LoftOpera’s “Macbeth” has garnered tremendous reviews for its fantastic casting, nuanced production and brilliant music-making. “The crisp orchestral playing of the orchestra under the baton of Sean Kelly was highlighted by an atmospheric account of the first act prelude, with portentous horn fanfares seeming to “hang” forever in the vast space’s cavernous acoustic,” wrote the New York Observer. Despite being {…}