review / performance

A star is porn A star is porn

Show business fables often involve an ambitious, if naïve, ingenue (male or female) desperate for fame.  This young wannabe finds fame and fortune: but it comes at a cost.

on November 25, 2022 at 12:17 PM
The sense of dramatic thrust The sense of dramatic thrust

Soprano Lydia Grindatto confirmed the fine impression she had made at Giargiari vocal competition with a charismatic, thoroughly inhabited performance that showed careful preparation in every aspect.

on November 25, 2022 at 11:27 AM
Unhappy ‘Hours’ Unhappy ‘Hours’

The film of The Hours failed to effectively weave together the novel’s trio of threads of interiority about suicide and secondarily literary creation. I wondered if an opera would stand a better chance at achieving that?  Based on Tuesday’s diva-encrusted stage premiere of Kevin Puts and Greg Pierce’s The Hours, its creators didn’t pull it off either.

on November 23, 2022 at 12:16 PM
Three dimensions Three dimensions

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Don Carlos was a real feast of good singing and orchestral grandeur.

on November 21, 2022 at 1:02 PM
Better off dead Better off dead

I have a horrible confession. I’ve always judged the quality of an opera largely on the number of dead characters at the finale.

on November 21, 2022 at 11:32 AM
Everything old is new again Everything old is new again

All things were, indeed, made new again, when Boston’s venerable Handel & Haydn Society brought Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro to the stage, their first time doing so in its entirety, as their 2,576th concert on Thursday.

on November 21, 2022 at 11:02 AM
Good grief Good grief

There are no words superlative enough to describe this celebration of Orpheus’ grief, and I truly applaud San Francisco Opera for presenting such food for thought that will definitely resonate long after with me.

on November 19, 2022 at 11:34 AM
Love, loss and what she wore Love, loss and what she wore

Sondra Radvanovsky eschewed the customary stuffiness of the recital format, often speaking directly to the audience and putting her selections in a highly personal context.

on November 17, 2022 at 8:11 AM
Color my world Color my world

San Francisco Opera has unveiled a brand-new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s warhorse classic La traviata, the first “to be built in San Francisco Opera’s scene and costume shops in 35 years.”

on November 16, 2022 at 10:06 AM
Down for the comte Down for the comte

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Le Comte Ory was a lovely cake with waaaay too much frosting.

on November 15, 2022 at 1:31 PM
Back to the future Back to the future

After putting a hiatus on their awards in 2020 and 2021 (for reasons that are all too well-known to all of us), the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala returned on Sunday evening November 13 honoring soprano Angel Blue the 2022 Award winner.

on November 15, 2022 at 12:03 PM
Romantic hero Romantic hero

The main reason to see this revival is Benjamin Bernheim’s Duca.

on November 12, 2022 at 8:31 AM
Remember in November Remember in November

Trouble was afoot from the first selection onward.

on November 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Clear, crackling, comprehensible Clear, crackling, comprehensible

Davóne Tines has sung with Early Music groups and avant-garde ones, and he has a taste for projects that cross artistic boundaries, which suits an innate showmanship.

on November 10, 2022 at 9:00 AM