Harry Rose


“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up” “To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up”

Tosca, as it exists now, can’t be real, spontaneous drama-it’s just Camp.

on June 03, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Turning over an old leaf Turning over an old leaf

Is there any opera that can take more of a beating while still making an impact than Eugene Onegin

on March 12, 2019 at 9:36 AM
Alzare le spalle Alzare le spalle

“Non mi dispiace” seemed to be the general consensus in the loggione December 7 when Verdi’s Attila came roaring into La Scala to open the 2018-19 season.

on December 16, 2018 at 2:09 PM
Sondheim sensibility: postmodernism Sondheim sensibility: postmodernism

In crafting his musicals, Sondheim’s focus, regardless of genre, tends towards the processive.

on December 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Sondheim sensibility: camp Sondheim sensibility: camp

The singularity of Stephen Sondheim contributes to the conception of him as a camp figure.

on December 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Dancer in the dark Dancer in the dark

Patrice Chéreau‘s Elektra brims with ideas beyond its eschewing of the opera’s standard, hysterical trappings.

on November 20, 2018 at 8:20 AM
Rock out with your Tracht out Rock out with your Tracht out

Lohengrin descended upon the Wiener Staatsoper this month like American college students to Oktoberfest: loudly, spastically, not especially coherent, and in full lederhosen and dirndls.

on November 14, 2018 at 7:48 AM
Santuzza in a kimono Santuzza in a kimono

The whole performance reminded me of what Butterfly as I have never known it, but often herad about it, can be.

on November 08, 2018 at 10:47 AM
Paris was burning Paris was burning

Logistically, a large-scale revival of the operas of Giacomo Meyerbeer is an unreasonable request, much less an expectation.

on November 06, 2018 at 10:10 AM
Dishonored in the breach Dishonored in the breach

Uneven operas, like Verdi’s Ernani, which just recently finished its Scala run, more often work as theatre on the micro level than the macro.

on October 27, 2018 at 11:48 AM
Original sin Original sin

This new production of the 1847 original version of Verdi’s first stab at Shakespeare features the extraordinary performances of Luca Salsi and Anna Pirozzi as the Thane of Cawdor and his merry wife.

on October 15, 2018 at 3:03 PM
Another Hun bites the dust Another Hun bites the dust

Verdi’s Attila is hardly a rarity in Italy the way it is in the United States.

on October 08, 2018 at 12:46 PM
Ceci n’est pas un ‘Trovatore’ Ceci n’est pas un ‘Trovatore’

America’s longest-standing theatrical lightning rod, Robert Wilson premiered his ethereal, time-collapsing production of Le trouvère.

on October 02, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Something lies beyond the Scene Something lies beyond the Scene

I was overjoyed by the coincidence that Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival would be presenting Façade.

on August 10, 2018 at 12:01 PM
Home run Home run

The Barber of Seville turned out to be the most overall solid production of the year and even a bit of old-fashioned fun.

on May 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Give ’em Hellman Give ’em Hellman

I mean, how often does one get to hear Bernstein’s gorgeous, rollicking, and varied score nursed by a full orchestra and the artistic resources of an opera company?

on May 21, 2018 at 9:21 AM
Family values Family values

A regular day in 2018 Washington, D.C., or Verdi’s Don Carlo?

on March 25, 2018 at 12:10 PM
Down in the depths Down in the depths

If opera as a genre in justified in its claim to one particular story, history confirms that the Orpheus myth would be that story.

on March 19, 2018 at 8:20 AM
Little house on the scary Little house on the scary

Out of a literal perforation in the horizon of the Nebraskan prairie emerges Proving Up, the most convincing case I have ever seen for modern American opera.

on January 22, 2018 at 12:21 PM
Stranger things Stranger things

Vincenzo Bellini’s La Straniera was presented at George Washington University’s dreary Lisner Hall on Sunday.

on November 22, 2017 at 7:45 AM
We love you, Ms. Hannigan We love you, Ms. Hannigan

Could Barbara Hannigan be Joni Mitchell’s classical counterpart?

on November 15, 2017 at 2:29 PM
Girl power Girl power

Washington National Opera’s lukewarm Alcina, unthreateningly misguided in both its musical and theatrical values, made little impact.

on November 06, 2017 at 9:26 AM
White people problems White people problems

How on Earth will these fictitious luminaries of turn-of-the-century Swedish society keep their clothes clean?

on October 16, 2017 at 7:45 AM
Celeste graffiti Celeste graffiti

Aida certainly has its longueurs.

on September 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM
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