Cher Public

That’s how they did it

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 TermineTo 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 »

Can’t buy me love


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 ManonRead more »

Wer ein solches Weib errungen

heeverAfter 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 »


Going Hollywood

The Hollywood Bowl is truly the preeminent musical venue in Los Angeles.

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Photo:  "The Illuminated Heart: Selections from Mozart’s Operas" 
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Netia Jones, director, designer, and illuminations (Mostly Mozart debut)

Christine Goerke, soprano

Dress Rehearsal Photographed: Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM at Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center; New York, NY. Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine 
PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

A very little night music

The unevenly-beating Heart unfortunately proved less than the sum of its deluxe parts.

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Iris 1

When the sun comes out

This year as part of Bard’s “Puccini and His World” festival audiences may witness the resurrection of Mascagni’s distinctly odd Iris.

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Old west side story

While composed within a European style, La Fanciulla del West is an opera that manages to present a distinctly American experience.

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Georgia Jarman

Opera Syria

“The music’s fun, but doesn’t Rossini repeat himself?”

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Fledermaus Prelude Orlovsky

Drunk in love

According to my taste, Die Fledermaus is an intoxicating opera

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prelude boheme revised

The singer’s art

Call me old fashioned, but when I go to the opera, I go to hear beautiful singing.

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