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 opera in 1879 and again in 1881, yet still the  ...

The Marriage of Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Marriage of Figaro is a marriage of Beaumarchais' witty, satirical play about the foibles of lovers and the presumptions of class, with the witty music of Mozart at his most lyrically beautiful, the marriage perfectly brokered by the libretto of da Ponte. The Count Almaviva, a lecher  ...

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 early eighteenth century, Russia was involved in what was known  ...

Idomeneo, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

Opera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Giambattista Varesco San Francisco Opera October 15-31, 2008 Donald Runnicles, conductor John Copley, director http://sfopera.com/o/267.asp “Idomeneo” has always given San Francisco Opera a little trouble. Mozart’s first fully realized opera seria was not mounted by the company until 1977, in  ...

La Bohème

Gerard O’Connor (Alcindoro), Alessia Grimaldi (Musetta) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 18-26 November, 2006 www.operaireland.com/ Opera Ireland’s ‘prison’ La Bohème follows the lead of an Italian production of 2004 with design contributions from detainees at Maiano Prison, Perugia. The Maiano La Bohème was the subject  ...

Tales of Hoffman, Berkeley- Opera culturevulture.net – review

Tales of Hoffman By Jacques Offenbach Libretto by Jules Barbier Adapted and translated by David Scott Marley Berkeley Opera February 28-March 7, 2009 Julia Morgan Center for the Arts http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ For anyone who’s ever wondered if Jacques Offenbach can compose anything weightier than the “Can-Can,” the answer is: “Yes,  ...