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New waves

breaking-1Missy Mazzoli, a 36-year-old composer from Brooklyn, has created the most startling and moving new American opera in memory. This astonishing achievement—in collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek—was part of the opening week at Opera Philadelphia, which had commissioned the work and staged its world premiere.  Read more »

Crazy stupid love

figaroWell, that didn’t last long. Just four months after closing out a triumphant Ring cycle that briefly made DC the envy of opera-goers across the country, Washington National Opera has launched its new season with an exceedingly safe, borrowed production of a repertoire chestnut.  Read more »

Comeback thane

macbeth-1Macbeth has always been my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays. One of the many reasons for this is that it is his most succinct (read: shortest) of all his works. The characters get right down to work immediately with their foul deeds.  Read more »


The upper depths

The Teatro di San Carlo in Naples is a pearl itself and this presentation proffers some of the best that company has to offer.

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Guilt and pleasure

Ambivalent is how I feel about Cosí fan tutte.

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One finger exercise

David Lang is, per The New Yorker, a “postminimalist enfant terrible.”

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Cuts like a knife

You may wonder what Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci have in common.

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Bella come un tramonto

With the performance of Dessì we move onto a different plane than the other singers.

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Mighty real

Anna Netrebko‘s artistry is both subtle and thrilling.

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Photo:  Mostly Mozart Festival presents
Mozart's "Così fan tutte"
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Lenneke Ruiten, Fiordiligi (Mostly Mozart debut)
Kate Lindsey, Dorabella
Sandrine Piau, Despina
Joel Prieto, Ferrando (Mostly Mozart debut)
Nahuel di Pierro, Guglielmo (Mostly Mozart debut)
Rod Gilfry, Don Alfonso (Mostly Mozart debut)
Musica Sacra (Mostly Mozart debut)
Kent Tritle, chorus director
concert photographed: 7:30 PM; Monday, August 15, 2016 at AliceTully Hall; Lincoln Center, NYC; Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine 
PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

That’s how they did it

Idomeneo proved enormously moving while a much more complicated Così fan Tutte went for shallow romantic hijinks stripping that work of its darkly ambiguous disturbing view of love.

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