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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

La Forza del Destino – Giuseppe Verdi

La Forza del Destino announces its intended theme forcefully in its title, but it really doesn't deliver. The libretto is a mess, a poorly structured story in which unbelievable coincidences, dead characters returning to duel again (in this production,  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Andre Previn's newly unveiled work, adapted from Tennessee Williams' great play, A Streetcar Named Desire has been lavished with as fine a cast as can be imagined, perfectly suitable sets and lighting, and Maestro Previn himself in the pit.  ...

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  ...