Elixir of Love, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Felice Romani San Francisco Opera October 29-November 26, 2008 Conducted by Bruno Campanella Directed by James Robinson http://sfopera.com/ Ramon Vargas (Nemorino) and Inva Mula (Adina). Photo: Terrence McCarthy. San Francisco Opera’s new  ...

Sophie’s Choice

www.dc-opera.org/ British composer Nicholas Maw's impressive full-length opera Sophie's Choice, based on William Styron's well-known novel by the same title, made its fourth production and North American debut appearance by Washington National Opera during the period known as  ...

Opera, La Damnation de Faust, Metroplitan Opera, NYC- culturevulture.net – review

Dramatic legend in four parts by Hector Berlioz Libretto by Almire Gandonnière and Berlioz Metropolitan Opera, New York City through December 4, 2008 James Levine, conductor Robert Lepage, director http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/production.aspx?id=9929 video preview: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/features/detail.aspx?id=5792 Near the end of the first half  ...

The First Emperor

Elizabeth Futral plays the role of Princess Yueyang in "The First Emperor" during the final dress rehearsal Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, in New York. The new opera by composer-conductor Tan Dun, is set in the ancient court of Qin Shi  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar 1: L-R: Orla Boylan (sings Blanche BuBois) & Sam McElroy (sings Stanley Kowalski) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 19-25 November, 2006 A rancid night in Dublin city: snarling rain tearing through  ...

Barber of Seville San Francisco

San Francisco Opera October 31-November 30, 2006 War Memorial Opera House San Francisco Nathan Gunn can give me a haircut any time. The hunky baritone is the best looking (and sounding) thing in San Francisco Opera’s “Barber  ...

Louise – Gustave Charpentier

The plot of Louise will tax no one in its level of difficulty. Girl finds boy, girl runs away with boy over (unreasonable) parental objections, girl and boy are deliriously happy, parents fail to get girl to return home  ...

Agrippina – George Frideric Handel

Agrippina was only Handel’s third full-length opera. Composed for the sophisticated opera audience of Venice at the end of Handel’s five years’ stay in Italy, it is clear that his talent has matured from his early German efforts in  ...