Ariadne auf Naxos, Washington D.C.

Ariadne auf Naxos Music by Richard Strauss Libretto by Hugo van Hofmannsthal Conducted by Andreas Delfs Directed by Chris Alexander Washington National Opera October 24-November 13, 2009 http://www.dc-opera.org/ Photo: Karin Cooper Transformation is the focus of Richard  ...

Falstaff, Washington D.C.

Falstaff Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Arrigo Boito based on William Shakespeare’s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV Conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing Directed by Christian Räth Washington National Opera October 10-30, 2009 http://www.dc-opera.org/ Photo:  ...

Ancient Sounds: Music of Iraq and India

 Ancient Sounds : Music of Iraq and India> Rahim AlHaj and Alam Khan and musicians> 19 Sept 2009 Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA> www.ciis.eduAlam Khan>>While this concert was hardly opera, all music is, to some degree,> theatrical, and dramatic  ...

The Daughter of the Regiment

 The Daughter of the RegimentMusic by Gaetano DonizettiLibretto by J.H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges and F. BayardNew dialogue by Agathe MelinandDirected by Laurent PellyConducted by Andrij YurkevychSan Francisco OperaOctober 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28 and 31, 2009www.sfopera.comDiana Damrau (Marie)  ...

Il Tabarro, Pagliacci, Houston

Il Tabarro/ PagliacciGiacomo Puccini/Ruggero LeoncavalloOpera in the HeightsOctober 1, 2009 http://www.operaintheheights.org/Kirsten Hoiseth playing Nedda, Chad Karl playing Tonio in Pagliacci. Photo by David HuntWhen I saw a man strolling down the aisle toward the stage, I figured he was  ...

Il Trittico

Il Trittico,Gianni SchicchiBy Giacomo PucciniText by Giuseppe AdamiConducted by Patrick SummersDirected by James RobinsonSan Francisco OperaSeptember 15-October 3, 2009www.sfopera.comPaoloa Gavanelli (Michele) in "Il Trittico". Photo: Cory Weaver.Three’s a crowd? Three strikes and you’re out? Not when the three are  ...

Il Trovatore, SF

Il TrovatoreBy Giuseppe VerdiText by Salvadore CammaranoConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by David McVicarSan Francisco OperaSept. 11, 16, 19, 22, 25; Oct. 1, 4, 6, 2009www.sfopera.comDmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Leonora)photo by Cory WeaverSomeone once said that  ...

The Gonzalez Cantata

The Gonzales CantataLive Arts-  Philly FringeSept. 4, 2009The Rotunda, Philadelphiawww.gonzalescantata.com Even though the Rotunda in West Philly was only a quarter filled for the premiere of composer Melissa Dunphy’s new choral work ‘The Gonzales Cantata‘ there was an undeniable  ...

The Letter

The Letter, a world premiereMusic: Paul MoravecLibretto Terry Teachout (after the play by W. Somerset Maugham)Conductor: Patrick SummersDirector: Jonathan KentJuly 24, 2009Santa Fe Operahttp://www.santafeopera.org/Patricia Racette as Leslie Crosbie. Photo by Ken HowardThere’s nothing new about operas based on works  ...

La Traviata, Santa Fe

La TraviataBy Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Francesco Maria PiaveAfter a book by Alexandre Dumas filsSanta Fe OperaIn repertory through August 29, 2009http://www.santafeopera.org/Natalie Dessay (Violetta). Photo: Ken Howard.There is only one word for Natalie Dessay’s performance in Santa Fe Opera’s “La  ...