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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  ...

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Das Rheingold Opera in one act by Richard Wagner Directed by Francesca Zambello Conducted by Donald Runnicles San Francisco Opera Through June 28 http://www.sfopera.com/ You win some, you lose some. What Francesca Zambello won in her ambitious reworking  ...

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,  ...

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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  ...