Michael Wade SimpsonSanta Fe,
“Die Fledermaus” is a waltzy, party of an oper(etta). “The Golden Cockerel,” less familiar, is based on a Russian fable, and features a Tsar in a fat suit and a vision of Donald Trump. Both productions, at Santa Fe Opera’s ...
Káťa Kabanová is a romantic tribute to Leoš Janáček’s young lover Kamila Stösslová. The Czech composer never failed to portray high emotions in his score writings, and his opera, Káťa Kabanová, is arguably the composer at the height of his ...
Brenda Rae and her male co-stars create a vocally stunning performance.
Michael Wade SimpsonSanta Fe,
Brenda Rae, Lucia
Zachary Nelson, Enrico Ashton
Mario Chang, Edgardo, Lord of Ravenswood,
Christian Van Horn, Raimondo Bidebent, a chaplain
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
Conductor Corrado Rovaris
Director Ron Daniels
Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design ...
Toba SingerSan Francisco,
Opera Paralèlle’s “Les Enfants Terribles” is a Jean Cocteau novel-inspired multimedia cocktail of nearly equal parts opera, filmed images, ballet, spoken word, and live piano accompaniment. Plot lines derivative of the 1972 Franco Zeffirelli film, “Sister Sun, Brother Moon,” and ...
A Hampstead Garden Opera production to mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth.
It's a bunch of firsts for the Hampstead Garden Opera and their new production of Claudio Monteverdi's marvellous opera L'incoronazione di Poppea. Hosted at the Jackson Lane Theatre, it is the first time they are performing with surtitles and ...
When I was growing up, I discovered new music the old-fashioned way: radio, MTV, and mixtapes from cooler friends.
Now, with the proliferation of streaming services, file sharing sites, digital downloads, Sirius XM, groovy cable TV ...
Michael McDonaghSan Francisco,
What do we expect when we go to hear a pianist play a famous dead composer's work? Do we want a radically "new " take on it, or do we want it served straight? And if that composer ...
Karen WeinsteinLos Angeles,
“Tosca” … it is Puccini … what’s not to like? True, and it is probably his best opera. But LAOpera’s current production is a “Tosca” to love, not simply like. With glorious voices that are every bit a match for ...
Bay Area premiere of Philip Glass' Symphony No. 11 (2016)
Michael McDonaghPalo Alto,
Virgil Thomson used to say that the French played Brahms better than the Germans, and maybe the Austrians play Americans better than Americans. This seemed to be the case when the brilliant American conductor Dennis Russell Davies, who has been ...
LiveConnections pairs a Cuban percussionist and a New York-based string quartet.
LiveConnections is a magnet music/arts collective that crosses musical boundaries and brings together artists from different genres for their concert series and continued community engagement. On February 25 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, they presented the stellar Harlem ...