Three sisters who are not sisters Three sisters who are not sisters

Dell’ Arte Opera Ensemble’s “Scenes from the Tower” evening is devoted to three operas composed by women, and the metaphorical tower is women’s sequestration from the opera stage.

Hamstrung by Maeterlinck Hamstrung by Maeterlinck

Whitney George’s music falls pleasingly upon the ear and is wittily scored for a small ensemble conducted by herself.

The Isle is full of noises The Isle is full of noises

Dell’ Arte Opera Ensemble theme this summer is women composers, which is timely, and the more to be applauded as likely to turn up unusual works.

Cipher space Cipher space

Salieri’s La Cifra (“The Cipher”) played all over Europe for 20 years, in several translations (German, Spanish). Then, like many a worthy work, it was forgotten.

Bridging the gap Bridging the gap

On Saturday night, dell’ arte Opera Ensemble presented a lean performance of La Traviata.

Cherubino jumps the shark Cherubino jumps the shark

Homer, inspired by many a muse, sang not of sequels to his Iliad.

Shave and a haircut Shave and a haircut

It’s fun to wonder what might have happened if Rossini had never composed Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Would Giovanni Paisiello’s earlier adaptation of the work be a repertory favorite? Or would it have faded into obscurity with an occasional revival here and there? 

Great shakes Great shakes

The little opera companies of New York are like chanterelles.

One charming afternoon One charming afternoon

In recent years the enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has brightened the usually arid weeks of August in New York City with some worthy operatic showcases for young singers.

All the world loves a crown All the world loves a crown

Seventeenth century opera remains the true connoisseur’s delight partly because it’s so rarely done.