To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival scored a coup when it secured one of the world’s finest ensembles, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, to play two operas in concert last week at Alice Tully Hall. Through simple, eloquent dramatic presentation, 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. Read more »
After last weekend’s performance of La Traviata, dell’ arte Opera Ensemble continued its exploration of love and money by mounting Massenet’s similarly themed Manon. Read more »
After a long, lackluster Aureliano in Palmira (friends and I left after the nearly two-hour first act), Opera at Caramoor rallied Sunday afternoon with an admirable if erratic performance of Fidelio which was especially memorable for South African soprano Elza van den Heever’s thrilling first-ever Leonore. Read more »
The Hollywood Bowl is truly the preeminent musical venue in Los Angeles.
The unevenly-beating Heart unfortunately proved less than the sum of its deluxe parts.
This year as part of Bard’s “Puccini and His World” festival audiences may witness the resurrection of Mascagni’s distinctly odd Iris.
While composed within a European style, La Fanciulla del West is an opera that manages to present a distinctly American experience.
Call me old fashioned, but when I go to the opera, I go to hear beautiful singing.