While Russell Thomas admirably goes toe to toe with Otello (and Otello) in a thoughtful and self-aware way, the assumption feels like a work in progress if not an outright mismatch with his vocal gifts.
Like most directors of this opera this century, David Alden is keen to outline the helplessness of women in the face of 19th century patriarchy.
So I just got out of the Lohengrin prima at the ROH and I’m itching to share my thoughts.
One startling upset catches the eye among the many winners (if that is the word) of the 2013 Parterre Box Awards.
“Alden Drops the Ballo: His Milquetoast Take on Verdi’s Classic Fizzles at the Met”
Last week’s freak nor’easter set the tone for Thursday’s chilly new production of Un Ballo in Maschera at the Met.
The realization of the opera Un ballo in maschera by Verdi and the librettist Antonio Somma is almost as famous as the opera itself.
Recently your doyenne engaged in an email-based interview with David Alden, director of the Met’s new production of Un ballo in maschera, opening on Thursday.
And in this dream, WQXR’s Operavore was hosting an exclusive season preview for the Met at the charming downtown Greene Space.
“Considering one of the season’s star singers is a plus-size female impersonator, opera this fall is anything but a drag.”
I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”
Our most recent Regie quiz yielded lots of guesses from the cher public, many of them very clever indeed.