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A very little night music

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) Peter Mattei 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 TermineTo commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center commissioned British theater artist Netia Jones to create The Illuminated Heart, a willy-nilly, thoroughly conventional piece that careened through the composer’s best-known operatic hits. Briskly conducted by festival music director Louis Langrée and nicely performed by some of today’s finest singers, the unevenly-beating Heart unfortunately proved less than the sum of its deluxe parts.  Read more »

When the sun comes out

Iris 1Every summer since 2003 Bard SummerScape has mounted one or more rarely done operas in the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, and this year as part of its “Puccini and His World” festival audiences may witness the resurrection of Mascagni’s distinctly odd Iris, conducted as always by Bard president Leon BotsteinRead more »

Old west side story

FanciullaWhile composed within a European style, La Fanciulla del West is an opera that manages to present a distinctly American experience. And, as demonstrated in a recent, disappointing production by Apotheosis Opera, Puccini’s characters thrive within the open range of the American frontier, exploring the emotional dynamics located between arrival and departure, and the unexpected transformations one finds therein.  Read more »

Georgia Jarman

Opera Syria

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

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Drunk in love

According to my taste, Die Fledermaus is an intoxicating opera

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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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Mourning Wood

Sometimes when you find the club that will have you as a member, you do not easily give up your spot.

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Patience

Imagined possibilities

The opera Patience and Sarah is a fantastic example of radical creativity.

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Ezio

Ezio said than done

Ezio was an inspired choice for Boston’s feisty Odyssey Opera to open its “When In Rome” festival.

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No contest

Richard Wagner viewed dance as an essential element of art, though he used it sparingly in his operas.

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