Missy 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 »
Well, 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 »
Macbeth 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 Teatro di San Carlo in Naples is a pearl itself and this presentation proffers some of the best that company has to offer.
David Lang is, per The New Yorker, a “postminimalist enfant terrible.”
You may wonder what Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci have in common.
With the performance of Dessì we move onto a different plane than the other singers.
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.