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Harry Rose

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 »

Stranger things

Women seem wicked when you're unwanted

Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted

I can’t lie: when I saw that Washington Concert Opera announced an all-Bel Canto 2017-2018 season, I felt a little stalked by the spectre of Will Crutchfield’s Bel Canto at Caramoor presentations, to which I’ve enjoyed a close proximity.  Read more »

We love you, Ms. Hannigan

Last week, Joni Mitchell celebrated her 74th birthday amidst a surprising amount of media coverage for a “milestone” so arbitrary. Could Barbara Hannigan be Mitchell’s classical counterpart?  Read more »

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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Katerina’s insomnia

Throw in a trio of murders and a healthy splash of vodka and you have, more or less, the plot of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

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Dwarf star

Verdi’s Macbeth poses a challenge to any company with the audacity to mount it.

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