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  • Porgy Amor: From a distance, it would be an easy mistake to make even for someone who does know what Bieito looks like. They’re... 6:08 PM
  • Krunoslav: “playing her as a stony sociopath ” Q: Do you like Ewing? A: I don’t know, I’ve never ewed. 5:51 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=kSuM PY34KfE 5:43 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Yeah, it’s mostly not too outrageous, though a couple of gestures did seem a little epater-la-bourgeoi sie-y. I’m... 5:39 PM
  • Greg.Freed: For a counterpoint, my friend the actual critic in the Chronicle disagreed with me on I think every single point! 5:21 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Oof, embarrassing. I don’t know what Bieito looks like and just assumed. The reviewer regrets the error. 5:19 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I have missed you here! So perhaps Carmen is Bieito on best behavior. That has long been its rep. If someone who would get all... 4:44 PM
  • grimoaldo: I saw LE Gray do all sorts of roles with ENO way,way back in the day, including Micaela in Carmen, in a production that had... 4:40 PM

Incomplete mountain pass

Carmen 1It’s been a surprising season in San Francisco: lots of comings and goings, often serendipitous, and what looked on paper to be in the mid-range of “good enough” has instead been, on the whole, deeply satisfying. While next season’s slate of operas and stars prompted one local critic to pen the headline “San Francisco Opera announces end of reviewer’s interest in art form,” the summer season still promises some thrills.  Read more »

Trauermarsch

LevineI can scarcely remember a performance where so many conflicting thoughts raced through my mind as happened Thursday night during the Met Orchestra’s “bleeding chunks” of Wagner’s Ring at Carnegie Hall. On one hand, superb Wagnerians Christine Goerke and Stefan Vinke soared through duets and solos from Siegfried and Götterdammerung magnificently supported by the sterling orchestra, but the complicated subtext prevented me from entirely enjoying the evening.  Read more »

Cross purposes

forza_amazon“Has anyone ever seen a truly great production of this opera?” asked Parterre’s Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin last November, in the course of sharing audio from an excellent 1974 Vienna Forza del destino. Marianne received few nominations in follow-up comments. When we talk of great Traviatas and great Falstaffs, it is likely we mean the direction and design teams contributed to the greatness. When we talk of great Forzas, we usually mean they did not get in the way. There was great singing, perhaps great conducting, and what was framing the musical performance was not ruinously bad.  Read more »

Gott

A choice, not an ecosystem

Washington National Opera’s first Ring Cycle came to a bittersweet conclusion this past Sunday, closing the door on an extraordinary three weeks in the opera house and a remarkable musical and theatrical achievement for the company.

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Fleming

At sunset

Sunday afternoon’s all-Richard Strauss concert served as a de facto commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the debut of Renée Fleming, long one of the house’s biggest stars.

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Amleto 1

“This is the very ecstasy of love”

The grand illusion is that we know it all. From four hundred years of opera, we’ve distilled the worthy survivors.

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boheme

Snow business

Los Angeles saw the first U.S. performance of Giacomo Puccini’s snow-dusted weeper in 1897 just a year after the young Toscanini led the prima in Turin.

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Regina

Community service

Regina Opera almost completely fulfilled its mission Saturday afternoon with their production of Manon Lescaut.

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Freischeutz

Shooting in low light

What we really need, some seem to believe, is fuller representation of the 19th century.

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FFJ

Orchids, tiaras, minks, ermines and top hats

A biopic entitled Florence Foster Jenkins, marvelously directed by Stephen Frears of Philomena and The Queen fame, stars the actress that never ceases to amaze us all, Meryl Streep, as Mme. Jenkins.

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