Simon Boccanegra- culturevulture.net – review

By Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Revised by Arrigo Boito San Francisco Opera September 5-27 Donald Runnicles, Conductor Directed by David Edwards http://www.sfopera.com/ “Simon Boccanegra” got a bad rap from the very beginning. The first version, which premiered  ...

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Bluebeard’s Castle and L’Enfant et les Sortileges One Act Operas by Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel In Hungarian and French with supertitles Conducted by Jonathan Khuner Berkeley Opera May 3-11, 2008 http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ Sometimes the appetizer tastes ‘way  ...

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by Jake Heggie Houston Grand Opera March, 2008 Frederica von Stade as Madeline, Keith Phares s Charlie, Kristin Clayton as Beatrice Jake Heggie, pianist http://www.houstongrandopera.org/ Frederica von Stade is reason enough to show up at  ...

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Following the bleak Don Giovanni in the latter-day career of the prodigious Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Così Fan Tutte is, in its own way, equally dark. Under the guise of a comic Opera scored in Mozart’s characteristic, chirpy musical style in  ...

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The Abduction from the Seraglio The Magic Flute Mozart Houston Grand Opera January 2008 http://www.houstongrandopera.org/ Tamara Wilson and Paul Groves in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Photo: Andrew Cloud. There's poetry in Houston Grand Opera's recent pairing  ...

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Nikolay Didenko as Colline, Garrett Sorenson as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello. Photo: Andrew Cloud. Remember when poverty was romantic? La bohème, the ultimate homage to a risky but free-wheeling lifestyle, came out in top  ...

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Opera in two acts by Rachel Portman Libretto by Nicholas Wright After the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery San Francisco Opera Presented by Cal Performances Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley Directed by Francesca Zambello May 1-11, 2008 http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/ “A rose is  ...

Orfeo ed Euridice

Metropolitan Opera, New York City May 2-12, 2007 Directed and choreographed by Mark Morris Sets: Allen Moyer Costumes: Isaac Mizrahi Orfeo: David Daniels Euridice: Maija Kovalevska Amor: Heidi Grant Murphy Conducted by James Levine website The Met’s new production of  ...

Little Women

by Mark Adamo Summer Opera Theatre Company of Washington, DC June 16, 20, and 24, 2007 website Since it’s 1998 premiere by the Houston Grand Opera, Mark Adamo’s first opera Little Women has remarkably joined the  ...