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  ...

Boris Godunov, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

Opera in seven scenes by Modest Mussorgsky Libretto by Mussorgsky San Francisco Opera October 22-November 15, 2008 Vassily Sinaisky, conductor Julia Pevzner, director http://sfopera.com/o/268.asp If you’re going to have hordes of peasants in an opera, you have to give them something inspiring to sing and something interesting to do. In  ...

Turandot – Giacomo Puccini

Pavarotti's frequent performances of his signature aria, Nessun dorma, have made Turandot more popular than ever. The story of the conversion of an ice princess through the power of love, placed in ancient Peking, provides the essential elements for grand opera - passion, dramatic tension, an exotic locale. Puccini gifts  ...

The Tsar’s Bride – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Suggested reading: Reminiscences of Rimsky-Korsakov (1985), Vasilii Vasilevich Yastrebtsev The Literary Lorgnette: Attending Opera in Imperial Russia (2000), Julie A. Buckler Rimsky-Korsakov wrote a dozen or so full length operas, some of which remain popular at the Russian opera houses, but make only  ...