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  ...

La Fille du Régiment

By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Sant-George, Jean-Francois-Alfred Bayard. Washington National Opera, Plácido Domingo, General Director March 31-April 15, 2007 Sung in French with English supertitles website If what you seek in  ...

Die Walküre

For Washington National Opera, director Francesca Zambello has developed an “American Ring” based on Richard Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nebelungen. In the 2006-2007 season, Die Walküre, the second opera in this suite of four, premiered with outstanding internationally known singers,  ...

Aïda

By Giuseppe Verdi Houston Grand Opera April 18, 2007 Aïda: Zvetelina Vassileva Amneris: Dolora Zajick Radames: Marco Berti Carlo Rizzi Conductor Jo Davies: Stage Director Zandra Rhodes: Set and Costume Designer http://www.houstongrandopera.org/ Verdi’s Aïda premiered in Cairo in 1871. It  ...

Faust

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 in the role, the devil makes some fine company in the Houston Grand Opera’s dazzling  ...

Faust – Charles Gounod

Inspired by Michel Carre’s 1850 stageplay Faust et Marguerite, Charles Gounod’s Faust was first staged in Paris in 1859, a time and place of political unease and outright war. A key character in the libretto is Marguerite’s brother Valentin,  ...