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by Jake Heggie Houston Grand Opera March, 2008 Frederica von Stade as Madeline, Keith Phares s Charlie, Kristin Clayton as Beatrice Jake Heggie, pianist http://www.houstongrandopera.org/ Frederica von Stade is reason enough to show up at  ...

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti Opera Ireland Dublin: RDS Concert Hall 25th May to 2nd June, 2007 Limerick: University Concert Hall, 7th June Conductor: Gianluca Martinenghi Director: Dieter Kaegi Don Pasquale: Marcel Vanaud Norina: Silvia Colombini Ernesto:  ...

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by Jake Heggie Dublin: Gaiety Theatre November 18-24, 2007 Conductor: Bruno Ferrandis Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess Sister Helen Prejean: Charlotte Hellekant Joseph De Rocher: Marcus De Loach http://www.operaireland.com/oi/publisher/index.jsp On April 5th, 1984, Patrick Sonnier, convicted murderer and rapist, was  ...

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Das Rheingold Opera in one act by Richard Wagner Directed by Francesca Zambello Conducted by Donald Runnicles San Francisco Opera Through June 28 http://www.sfopera.com/ You win some, you lose some. What Francesca Zambello won in her ambitious reworking  ...

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Following the bleak Don Giovanni in the latter-day career of the prodigious Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Così Fan Tutte is, in its own way, equally dark. Under the guise of a comic Opera scored in Mozart’s characteristic, chirpy musical style in  ...

The Cunning Little Vixon

By Leos Janácek Houston Grand Opera Wortham Center Houston, TX May 4-12, 2007 Produced by Chas Rader-Shieber Lisa Saffer: Vixen Sharp-Ears Hector Vásquez: Forester Sung in English with English surtitles http://www.houstongrandopera.org Furry things are in the air in Houston right  ...

La Cenerentola

La Cenerentola Merola Opera Program Cowell Theater San Francisco July 13 and 15, 2007 http://www.sfopera.com/merola.asp Once upon a time there was a poor unloved girl who sat by the fire and stirred the ashes. And she got  ...

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Nikolay Didenko as Colline, Garrett Sorenson as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello. Photo: Andrew Cloud. Remember when poverty was romantic? La bohème, the ultimate homage to a risky but free-wheeling lifestyle, came out in top  ...

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Bluebeard’s Castle and L’Enfant et les Sortileges One Act Operas by Bela Bartok and Maurice Ravel In Hungarian and French with supertitles Conducted by Jonathan Khuner Berkeley Opera May 3-11, 2008 http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ Sometimes the appetizer tastes ‘way  ...

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By Benjamin Britten Houston Grand Opera Production Stage Manager: Neil Armfield Conductor: Patrick Summers Daniel Belcher: Billy Budd Andrew Kennedy: Edward Fairfax Vere Phillp Ens: John Claggart April 24, 27, May 2, 4, 9, 2008 http://www.houstongrandopera.org/page.aspx?pageid=12016918 In these dark days  ...