Harry Rose

Harry Rose, based in Providence, Rhode Island, is currently pursuing a PhD in Italian Studies at Brown University. Starting out blogging independently as Opera Teen in 2013, he holds the auspicious distinction of being the youngest writer to ever contribute to parterre box (at age 14) and has had the pleasure and challenge of writing for the rigorously discerning cher public since 2012. Increasingly niche hobbies and interests include opera, ballet, theatrical goings-on of the fin-de-siècle, and gatekeeping Camp.


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
Conspicuous consumption Conspicuous consumption

On Thursday evening, the Teatro alla Scala audience didn’t watch the familiar presentation of a “wayward woman” who overcomes moral inferiority only to be robbed of happiness when she finally deserved it.

on March 11, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Written on the wind Written on the wind

Greetings from the Windy City, where I, Opera Teen (not pictured) am at the press conference eagerly awaiting the announcement of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2016-2017 season!

on January 14, 2016 at 12:22 PM
Katerina’s insomnia Katerina’s insomnia

Throw in a trio of murders and a healthy splash of vodka and you have, more or less, the plot of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

on November 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Dwarf star Dwarf star

Verdi’s Macbeth poses a challenge to any company with the audacity to mount it.

on February 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM
All Sills final All Sills final

You can tell a lot about someone from their garage sale.

on February 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM
First steps First steps

There’s something charming and almost irresistible about early Verdi opera. I always equate it to seeing a grade school test from Albert Einstein.

on December 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM
The little people The little people

As an opera, La Traviata is defined by its characters.

on October 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Questions and antlers Questions and antlers

Verdi’s only successful comic opera, Falstaff, is notably hard to produce.

on August 01, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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