La Cenerentola

Cinderella (Joyce DiDonato) meets Dandini (Earle Patriarco) who is disguised as the Prince. Photo by Brett Coomer Cinderella may be an old-as-the-hills tale, but when the famed Barcelona theater company known simply as Els Comediants got a hold of  ...

Manon – Jules Massenet

... The Abbe Prevost's 1731 novel, L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, was the inspiration for no less than three operas, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, as well as two Manon's, the popular Massenet and a pretty much forgotten  ...

Parsifal – Richard Wagner

Suggested reading: Guide to Parsifal with complete libretto and a parallel translation into English by Andrew Porter For his last opera, Wagner dug into German and Christian legends and, in his inimitable fashion, created  ...

Central Park

.. Lauren Flanigan, playing a homeless, unwed mother carrying her infant, sings: "You all pretend you are not in the same park with us." In that moment the park morphs into metaphor for a larger geography - the place  ...

Mazeppa, Opera Ireland- Opera culturevulture.net – review

Mazeppa by Pytor Iliych Tchaikovsky Opera Ireland The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Conductor: Alexander Anissimov Directed by: Dieter Kaegi Featuring: Valeri Alexeev (Mazeppa), Sinéad Mulhern (Maria), Michail Ryssov (Kotsjobej), Elena Manistina (Ljoebov) 1st to 6th March http://www.operaireland.com/ In the  ...

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Blood is the image that dominates Duke Bluebeard's Castle, a one-act opera written by composer Bela Bartk with libretto in Hungarian by Bela Balazs. Washington National Opera, under the direction of film director William Friedkin (best known  ...

Deep Verdi

Houston Grand Opera October 21, 2006 Giuseppe Verdi’s troubled opera, Simon Boccanegra, had a rough start out of the gate when it premiered back in 1857. Apparently the critics offered the dreaded “lukewarm” response. Verdi revised the  ...