Parsifal – Richard Wagner

Suggested reading: Guide to Parsifal with complete libretto and a parallel translation into English by Andrew Porter For his last opera, Wagner dug into German and Christian legends and, in his inimitable fashion, created  ...

La Forza del Destino – Giuseppe Verdi

La Forza del Destino announces its intended theme forcefully in its title, but it really doesn't deliver. The libretto is a mess, a poorly structured story in which unbelievable coincidences, dead characters returning to duel again (in this production,  ...

Tristan und Isolde – Richard Wagner

Seattle Opera took the kudos in 1998 for its production of Tristan und Isolde, gloriously cast with Ben Heppner and Jane Eaglen, who seem, by virtually unanimous worldwide critical acclaim, to be not only the ideal singers for these  ...

Luisa Miller – Giuseppe Verdi

All too often, theatrical works don't come alive on the stage or screen, due to a lack of dramatic tension. Dramatic tension requires conflict and conflict sets up an emotional need in the viewer for resolution. Verdi was adept  ...

Don Giovanni Houston Grand Opera

Is it interesting that what some consider the world most perfect opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, is about a consciousless cad? Mozart’s retelling of the Don Juan legend is a study in contrasts, light vs. dark and pure vs. evil. The  ...

Barber of Seville San Francisco

San Francisco Opera October 31-November 30, 2006 War Memorial Opera House San Francisco Nathan Gunn can give me a haircut any time. The hunky baritone is the best looking (and sounding) thing in San Francisco Opera’s “Barber  ...