Die Walküre, SF Opera

Die WalküreNina Stemme as Brünnhilde in San Francisco Opera's "Die Walküre"Photo by Cory WeaverBy Richard WagnerDirected by Francesca ZambelloConducted by Donald RunniclesSan Francisco OperaJune 10-June 30, 2010http://sfopera.com/o/292.asp(see video clip below)Can it be possible for a soprano to be more  ...

La Fanciulla del West, SF Opera

La Fanciulla del West(The Girl of the Golden West)Salvatore Licitra and Deborah Voigt in San Francisco Opera's "La Fanciulla del West"Photo by Cory WeaverBy Giacomo PucciniLibretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo ZangariniAfter the play by David BelascoSan Francisco OperaJune  ...

Faust, SF Opera

Faust (San Francisco Opera, 2010)Stefano Secco and Patricia Racette in San Francisco Opera's "Faust"Photo by Cory WeaverOpera in five acts (performed in three for this production)By Charles François GounodLibretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré (from Goethe)Directed by Jose  ...

Hamlet, Washington National Opera

Hamlet Liam Bonner and Elizabeth Futral in Ambroise Thomas' "Hamlet" at Washington National Opera Opera in five acts Music by Ambroise Thomas Libretto in French by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier, adapted from William Shakespeare’s play "Hamlet" Conducted  ...

Capriccio, Philadelphia

Capriccioby Richard StraussAcademy of Vocal Arts,  Helen Corning Warden TheaterPhiladelphia, PAMarch 2, 2010http://www.avaopera.org/Is it the words or the music? that make the stuff of operatic dreams. Richard Strauss doesn’t answer that in his last opera Capriccio but gets some  ...

I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Dublin

I Capuleti e i Montecchiby Vincenzo BelliniOpera IrelandDublin: Gaiety Theatre 4-6 March 2010http://www.operaireland.ieBellini’s recounting of the story of star-crossed lovers Romeo Montague and JulietCapulet claims not Shakespeare as its heritage, but the Italian Renaissance storiesupon which Shakespeare himself based  ...

Roméo et Juliette, Dublin

Roméo et Julietteby Charles GounodDublin: Gaiety Theatre, Feb 27 - March 7http://www.operaireland.ieThough one of Opera’s ‘also rans’ in some ways, French composer Charles Gounod didhave the distinction of carrying the label ‘composer of Faust’ for much of hiscareer. His  ...

Turn of the Screw, Houston

Turn of the ScrewBenjamin BrittenHouston Grand OperaJanuary 29, 2010www.houstongrandopera.orgAndrew Kennedy (Quint) and Michael Kepler Meo (Miles). Photo by Felix SanchezHouston Grand Opera reaches its half-way point of its stellar six-year Benjamin Britten cycle with Turn of the Screw ,  ...

Tosca, Houston

Toscaby Giacomo PucciniHouston Grand OperaJanuary 23, 2010Houston, TXwww.houstongrandopera.orgPatricia Racette (Tosca) and Alexey Dolgov (Cavaradossi) in HGO's new production of Puccini's Tosca  Photo by Felix SanchezSuicide, torture, attempted rape—no, not the Fox Television hit show, 24, but Tosca, Puccini's treasured  ...

Il Trittico, New York

Il TritticoMetropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center;www.metopera.org Through Dec. 12, 2009Puccini’s sublime heroinesPatricia Racette in Suor AngelicaThe Metropolitan Opera first performed Il Trittico, Puccini‘s trilogy of one-act operas - Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi- in 1918, without the composer  ...