Satyagraha

My dear late best friend Danny Cariaga, classical music critic extraordinaire of the Los Angeles Times, once observed that people went to Wagner’s operas when they were new because they had more time. But now, with the onslaught of e-mails,  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Lucia di Lammermoor By Gaetano Donizetti Text by Salvadore Cammarano after Sir Walter Scott Directed by Graham Vick and Marco Gandini San Francisco Opera June 17-July 5 http://www.sfopera.com/ June is the month of brides but the one walking down  ...

culturevulture.net – review

by Jake Heggie Dublin: Gaiety Theatre November 18-24, 2007 Conductor: Bruno Ferrandis Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess Sister Helen Prejean: Charlotte Hellekant Joseph De Rocher: Marcus De Loach http://www.operaireland.com/oi/publisher/index.jsp On April 5th, 1984, Patrick Sonnier, convicted murderer and rapist, was  ...

culturevulture.net – review

The Rake’s Progress By Igor Stravinsky Libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman Directed by Robert Lepage Conducted by Donald Runnicles San Francisco Opera November 23-December 9, 2007 http://www.sfopera.com/opera.asp?o=257 James Norris (Nick Shadow) & Catherine Cook (Mother goose).  ...

Tannhäuser

By Richard Wagner Conducted by Donald Runnicles Directed by Graham Vick San Francisco Opera September 18-October 12, 2007 Tannhäuser: Peter Seiffert Elisabeth: Petra Maria Schnitzer Venus: Petra Lang http://www.sfopera.com/opera.asp?o=251 Petra Maria Schnitzer (Elizabeth). Photo by Terrence McCarthy. If  ...

Macbeth

Macbeth Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei After the play by William Shakespeare San Francisco Opera November 14-December 2, 2007 Conducted by Massimo Zanetti Directed Thomas Hampson Lady Macbeth Georgina Lukács Macduff:  ...

Aida Berkeley

Aida Opera by Giuseppe Verdi Berkeley Opera July 25, 27 and 29, 2007 http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ The Baths of Caracalla it ain’t and that’s for sure. If the question was “how on earth could Berkeley Opera put on a grand  ...

Romeo and Juliet

Opera in English By Charles Gounod/William Shakespeare Additional lyrics and adaptation by Amanda Moody Berkeley Opera May 5-May 13 website The wonderful thing about small opera companies is that what may be lacking in grandeur often is compensated with  ...

Turandot

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre November 14-18, 2007 Conductor: Bruno Dl Bon Dirctor: Dieter Kaegi Set & Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan Turandot: Stefania Spaggiari Timur: Brian Jauhlainen website Pity poor Franco Alfano. Alfano  ...