culturevulture.net – review

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  ...

Turandot

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre November 14-18, 2007 Conductor: Bruno Dl Bon Dirctor: Dieter Kaegi Set & Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan Turandot: Stefania Spaggiari Timur: Brian Jauhlainen website Pity poor Franco Alfano. Alfano  ...

Appomattox – review

Appomattox Opera by Philip Glass Libretto by Christopher Hampton San Francisco Opera October 5-24 http://www.sfopera.com/opera.asp?o=252 It is generally conceded that the Civil War was the defining event in this country’s short but eventful history, its bloody legacy reaching even  ...

Orfeo ed Euridice

Metropolitan Opera, New York City May 2-12, 2007 Directed and choreographed by Mark Morris Sets: Allen Moyer Costumes: Isaac Mizrahi Orfeo: David Daniels Euridice: Maija Kovalevska Amor: Heidi Grant Murphy Conducted by James Levine website The Met’s new production of  ...

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by Richard Strauss Opera Ireland / Solvakian National Opera Bratislava and Czech National Opera Prague The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Conductor: Waler Kobéra Directed by Dieter Kaegi Featuring: Kinga Dobay (Composer), Mari Moriya (Zerbinetta), Alwyn Mellor (Prima Donna), Jan Durco (Music  ...

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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  ...

Satyagraha

My dear late best friend Danny Cariaga, classical music critic extraordinaire of the Los Angeles Times, once observed that people went to Wagner’s operas when they were new because they had more time. But now, with the onslaught of e-mails,  ...

A View from the Bridge

Opera by composer William Bolcom Libretto by Arnold Weinstein and Arthur Miller Washington National Opera November 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 2007 http://www.dcopera.org/ourseason/bridge.asp Photo by Karen Cooper A View from the Bridge with music  ...

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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  ...

culturevulture.net – review

The Rake’s Progress By Igor Stravinsky Libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman Directed by Robert Lepage Conducted by Donald Runnicles San Francisco Opera November 23-December 9, 2007 http://www.sfopera.com/opera.asp?o=257 James Norris (Nick Shadow) & Catherine Cook (Mother goose).  ...