Harry Rose

Family values

An insecure leader hounded by hubris, his repressed, suppressed, and far-from-home younger wife, his tormented son whose own political life is hounded romance and tense alliances, a dangerously seductive third party set on bringing them all down, and a mysterious, threatening governing body that seems to be pulling the strings on the whole thing; a regular day in 2018 Washington, D.C., or Verdi’s Don CarloRead more »

Down in the depths

If opera as a genre in justified in its claim to one particular story, history confirms that the Orpheus myth would be that story. What’s more intrinsically operatic than a musician’s audio-visual dilemma and diegetic, musical externalizations and manipulations of the emotions that accompany it?  Read more »

Little house on the scary

Laura Ingalls, only wilder / Photo: Scott Suchman

There are no fruited plains here. Out of a literal perforation in the horizon of the Nebraskan prairie emerges Proving Up, the most convincing case I have ever seen for modern American opera; the medium has been fitted to our sensibilities, using our sonic mediums and poetically and musically evoking our soundscape, and telling a uniquely American story by two of the most persuasive voices in American new opera.  Read more »

Women seem wicked when you're unwanted

Stranger things

Vincenzo Bellini’s La Straniera was presented at George Washington University’s dreary Lisner Hall on Sunday.

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We love you, Ms. Hannigan

Could Barbara Hannigan be Joni Mitchell’s classical counterpart?

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Girl power

Washington National Opera’s lukewarm Alcina, unthreateningly misguided in both its musical and theatrical values, made little impact.

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White people problems

How on Earth will these fictitious luminaries of turn-of-the-century Swedish society keep their clothes clean?

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I see flags, I hear bells, There's a parade in Memphis. Photo: Scott Suchman

Celeste graffiti

Aida certainly has its longueurs.

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Conspicuous consumption

On Thursday evening, the Teatro alla Scala audience didn’t watch the familiar presentation of a “wayward woman” who overcomes moral inferiority only to be robbed of happiness when she finally deserved it.

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Written on the wind

Greetings from the Windy City, where I, Opera Teen (not pictured) am at the press conference eagerly awaiting the announcement of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2016-2017 season!

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