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,  ...

Faust

IFaust (William Burden) arrives to court Marguerite Photo by Brett Coomer The Devil Pulls the Strings Faust Houston Grand Opera January 26, 2007 The devil goes by many names, but for opera (and Goethe) lovers, Mephistopheles is the preferred one. With a talent the size of Samuel Ramey  ...

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 Huangdi, the first emperor of China, and had its world  ...

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  ...