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 production of “The Elixir of Love” is as sweet and  ...

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 for his film The Exorcist), has produced this engrossing but  ...

Don Pasquale, Philadelphia- Opera culturevulture.net – review

Don Pasquale Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia March 3, 2009 Donizetti Director David Gately Conductor Richard A. Raub Jeremy Paul Milner, Ryan Kuster, Zulimar L�pez-Hern�ndez, Corinne Winters Taylor Stayton, Joseph Demarest http://www.avaopera.org/ Opera director David Gately’s Wild West version of Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is simply inspired artistically and completes  ...

Don Giovanni, Dublin- Opera culturevulture.net – review

It begins with murder and ends in damnation: Mozart’s rather bleak follow up to The Marriage of Figaro, and is, if anything, even more politically incendiary in its depiction of the licentiousness of the gentry than its more controversial predecessor. Don Giovanni’s arrogant defilement of as many and any women  ...

Don Giovanni Houston Grand Opera

Is it interesting that what some consider the world most perfect opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, is about a consciousless cad? Mozart’s retelling of the Don Juan legend is a study in contrasts, light vs. dark and pure vs. evil. The title character lives large, trampling every female he can find,  ...

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 of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “La Damnation de  ...

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 it, it’s something to behold. With this wildly imaginative troupe  ...

Chorus!, Houston- Opera

Why should musicals own the review format? Anthony Freud at Houston Grand Opera has come up with a way for opera to get in on the fun with Chorus!, a fully staged review of several show stopping famous and not so famous group sings. And it works for the most  ...

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Houston Grand Opera- culturevulture.net – review

By Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo (respectively) Houston Grand Opera Wortham Center, Houston, TX October 2008 http://www.houstongrandopera.org/ Maria Markina and Brandon Jovanovich in Cavalleria Rusticana. Photo: Felix Sanchez. Houston Grand Opera's recent productions of Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci proved a terrific beginning to  ...

culturevulture.net – review

San Francisco Opera November 21-Dec 9, 2006 War Memorial Opera House San Francisco PRODUCTION Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing / George Cleve* (11/25, 12/2, 12/8) Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Stage Director: Laurie Feldman Santoliquido Set Designer: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Original Lighting Designer: Thomas J. Munn Carmen may just be  ...