Don Giovanni Houston Grand Opera

Is it interesting that what some consider the world most perfect opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, is about a consciousless cad? Mozart’s retelling of the Don Juan legend is a study in contrasts, light vs. dark and pure vs. evil. The  ...

Faust

IFaust (William Burden) arrives to court Marguerite Photo by Brett Coomer The Devil Pulls the Strings Faust Houston Grand Opera January 26, 2007 The devil goes by many names, but for opera (and Goethe) lovers, Mephistopheles is the  ...

Idomeneo, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

Opera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Giambattista Varesco San Francisco Opera October 15-31, 2008 Donald Runnicles, conductor John Copley, director http://sfopera.com/o/267.asp “Idomeneo” has always given San Francisco Opera a little trouble. Mozart’s first fully realized opera  ...

Deep Verdi

Houston Grand Opera October 21, 2006 Giuseppe Verdi’s troubled opera, Simon Boccanegra, had a rough start out of the gate when it premiered back in 1857. Apparently the critics offered the dreaded “lukewarm” response. Verdi revised the  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar 1: L-R: Orla Boylan (sings Blanche BuBois) & Sam McElroy (sings Stanley Kowalski) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 19-25 November, 2006 A rancid night in Dublin city: snarling rain tearing through  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Hidden away in the heart of Xochimilco, one of Mexico City’s most popular tourist areas, famous for its multicolored floating gardens, is a lonely island of mystery, the result of the extraordinary obsession of an eccentric Mexican. It is  ...

culturevulture.net – review

By T. Coraghessan Boyle This book was written after its writer, Thomas John Boyle, became T. Coraghessan Boyle, but before he morphed into merely T.C. Boyle. Some online sites suggest that Coraghessan was a middle name made  ...

A CHORUS LINE

Conceived and Originally Choreographed and Directed by Michael Bennett Directed by Bob Avian www.achorusline.com At the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York, NY Broadway gypsies are back in the spotlight thanks to a crisp new revival of A Chorus Line, directed  ...