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,  ...

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  ...