When Maestro Carlo Rizzi lifted his baton and began leading the Lyric Opera Orchestra in a stirring, detailed account of the overture to Nabucco, the electrified audience knew we were in for an exciting evening of music making. And indeed we were. Verdi’s third opera and his first big success requires a cast of powerful, full throated singers with a wide range and great stamina. On Saturday night at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, we certainly had them. Read more »
The revival Thursday of last season’s puzzling, uneven David McVicar production of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci should have been most memorable for the full-throated if unsubtle performances of its leading tenors, Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna. But the most indelible moment for me occurred when during the surprisingly warm applause at her solo bow a “lone voice in the wilderness” booed Barbara Frittoli’s calamitous Nedda. Never before at the Met had I been so tempted to join in. Read more »
New York City Opera has officially launched its “renaissance” at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater last night with a production of Puccini’s Tosca that should please a lot of older, conservative audiences, if not the adventurous operagoers that City Opera courted in the past. Read more »
The Canadian Robert Carsen would appear to love the theater to the point of fixation.
Is Manon Lescaut a cold, clinical tale of the splendors and pitfalls of transactional sex, or is it a romantic Italian opera at its most lush and melodic?
Maria Agresta‘s delicately-acted, sumptuously-sung seamstress transformed what might have been just an average Wednesday night revival into something finer.
Returning after 99 years for the Met’s annual New Year’s Eve gala, Bizet’s youthful exercise in Orientalia Les Pêcheurs de Perles proved a real crowd-pleaser.
It would be generous to say that history comes alive on the operatic stage.
Fans of divas who sing 19th and 20th century opera may find themselves searching in vain for CDs to buy with this season’s gift cards, since their idols so rarely put out solo recitals these days.
Enthusiasm is contagious–you have to cover up carefully lest it make you sick.