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The wedding singers

Sherezade Panthaki, a “lush” Atalanta at Caramoor.

After twenty productive seasons Will Crutchfield and the Caramoor Festival parted ways with Crutchfield and bel canto decamping to elsewhere in Westchester—the campus of SUNY Purchase–under the new rubric Teatro Nuovo  which opens its first season this Saturday. Wanting to keep opera part of its programming, Caramoor went in an interesting direction importing the venerable West-Coast period orchestra Philharmonia Baroque to perform Atalanta, an obscure pastoral work by Handel, which made for a pleasant if slight diversion on a cool but humid Sunday afternoon.  Read more »

Imogenary beings

Will Crutchfield’s Bel Canto at Caramoor program of concert operas concluded with a bang on Saturday with Bellini’s first success, Il Pirata, capping 20 years of concert opera on lazy summer evenings after afternoons of musical hors d’oeuvres, songs, scenes, lectures and so forth.  Read more »

Wer ein solches Weib errungen

heeverAfter a long, lackluster Aureliano in Palmira (friends and I left after the nearly two-hour first act), Opera at Caramoor rallied Sunday afternoon with an admirable if erratic performance of Fidelio which was especially memorable for South African soprano Elza van den Heever’s thrilling first-ever Leonore.  Read more »

Opera Syria

Georgia JarmanAt the Caramoor Bel Canto Festival’s performance of Aureliano in Palmira (a North American premiere, I believe), a friend who doesn’t go to quite so much opera said, “The music’s fun, but doesn’t Rossini repeat himself?”  Read more »

Another nun bites the dust

A leap forward of more than a century to present the Francis Poulenc opera Dialogues des Carmélites sounded ominous.

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Something extramarital

Saturday evening conductor Will Crutchfield revived Donizetti’s La Favorite—unheard in New York for fifteen years.

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Play your hunch

Bel Canto at Caramoor is something that I’ve always wanted to attend but never have because … well because frankly I’m just too lazy during the summers, and I’m also a big baby about outdoor performances.

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The curse of drink

Two operas both alike in dignity, set in dimly lit Renaissance towns ruled by seething, conspiratorial courts.

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