review / performance

Puppets and cherry blossoms Puppets and cherry blossoms

I find it difficult to experience Madama Butterfly without also experiencing an odd fracturing of the self.

on October 18, 2019 at 1:52 PM
Quicksilver messenger Quicksilver messenger

At the Park Avenue Armory, Barbara Hannigan chose to sing works that tested her metal in odd corners of vocalism.

on October 18, 2019 at 12:18 PM
A life for the zarzuela A life for the zarzuela

In El Barbero de Sevilla, as given through the weekend by the New Camerata Opera, there is far too much comic dialogue, all of it in English and none of it sparkling.

on October 18, 2019 at 10:05 AM
Over the garden wall Over the garden wall

Hannah Lash’s latest opera, which premiered at the Miller Theater on Wednesday night, was a musical and dramatic misfire.

on October 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM
You better shop around You better shop around

Little Shop of Horrors loses its necessary edge when it’s wrested from the gritty world of its creation.

on October 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM
Storm of the century Storm of the century

A sense of celebration was definitely in the air last Thursday at the Vienna State Opera.

on October 16, 2019 at 12:24 PM
Ray of ‘Light’ Ray of ‘Light’

An opera company presenting a Broadway musical that centers around a woman of a certain age travelling to Italy with her young daughter might seem more a vehicle for a great diva of a certain age.

on October 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The Wurm turns The Wurm turns

Luisa Miller snowballs toward disaster and death.

on October 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Suddenly spinto Suddenly spinto

When soprano Yihan Duan started to sing her aria, you could feel an almost electric charge that something special was happening.

on October 11, 2019 at 11:05 AM
A whole new world A whole new world

The Paris Opera assembled an all-French cast to stage arguably the most well-known example of opéra-ballet, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes.

on October 10, 2019 at 11:08 AM
Orientation Orientation

There were plenty of Turan-do’s and only a few Turandon’ts at the Met’s Turandot Sunday afternoon.

on October 07, 2019 at 4:29 PM
The other woman The other woman

I can’t think of an opera this year that I’ve enjoyed as much as Tuesday’s Met Macbeth, thanks especially to the smashing house debut of Italian soprano Anna Pirozzi as its blazing Madame M.

on October 02, 2019 at 9:54 AM
From a distance From a distance

The opening night of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2019-20 season was all about the Wilsons.

on September 30, 2019 at 4:18 PM
Sparkle, Lyric, sparkle! Sparkle, Lyric, sparkle!

It’s an old chestnut of a joke that applies even more to opera than to the theatre: A veteran actor is on his deathbed.

on September 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM