Deep Verdi

Houston Grand Opera October 21, 2006 Giuseppe Verdi’s troubled opera, Simon Boccanegra, had a rough start out of the gate when it premiered back in 1857. Apparently the critics offered the dreaded “lukewarm” response. Verdi revised the  ...

Madame Butterfly – Giacomo Puccini

Suggested reading: Giacomo Puccini (1997), Conrad Wilson Puccini (1996), Peter Southwell-Sander Nineteenth Century Italian Opera from Rossini to Puccini (1995), Daniele Pistone Operas of Puccini (1985), William Ashbrookan Online references  ...

Rinaldo – Handel

Handel wrote Rinaldo to knock ’em dead. It was 1710, and he had just arrived in London with a reputation as a keyboard virtuoso, mostly won in Italy. He had hung around princely courts in Germany. He was 25,  ...

Elixir of Love, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Felice Romani San Francisco Opera October 29-November 26, 2008 Conducted by Bruno Campanella Directed by James Robinson http://sfopera.com/ Ramon Vargas (Nemorino) and Inva Mula (Adina). Photo: Terrence McCarthy. San Francisco Opera’s new  ...

Sophie’s Choice

www.dc-opera.org/ British composer Nicholas Maw's impressive full-length opera Sophie's Choice, based on William Styron's well-known novel by the same title, made its fourth production and North American debut appearance by Washington National Opera during the period known as  ...

The First Emperor

Elizabeth Futral plays the role of Princess Yueyang in "The First Emperor" during the final dress rehearsal Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, in New York. The new opera by composer-conductor Tan Dun, is set in the ancient court of Qin Shi  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar 1: L-R: Orla Boylan (sings Blanche BuBois) & Sam McElroy (sings Stanley Kowalski) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 19-25 November, 2006 A rancid night in Dublin city: snarling rain tearing through  ...