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‘Spring’ is here

Most musical theater fans date the storied partnership of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe as beginning with Brigadoon in 1947. That was certainly their first hit, but the team had two prior shows on Broadway: What’s Up in 1943 and The Day Before Spring in 1945.  Read more »

A view to a kill

Reviewing Michael Mayer‘s “Rat Pack Rigoletto” for the Times back in 2013, Anthony Tommasini pondered who, exactly, this Vegas retelling was for.  Read more »

Wintertime, and the living is easy

Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward’s 1935 “folk” opera, graced the stage of Dutch National Opera for the first time last month, and it was resounding success from start to finish. Read more »

Sex and Vivaldi

The “Red Priest” of Venice once made reference to his “94 operas” in a letter to his patron. 

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Dream a little ‘Dream’

It may have taken 28 years to see Robert Carsen’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the U. S., but it was worth waiting for.

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Close ‘Call’

Director Casey Hushion attempts to spice up Call Me Madam in ways that make it feel more than ever like an out-of-touch relic.

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Lost in Thrace

Handel’s Radamisto returned to New York when Opera Lafayette movingly performed this early masterpiece.

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Mage of all work

Utopia Opera is fond of the less well known branches of the Savoy repertory (as the company name suggests), and is currently (through next weekend) doing a job on an early and rare bird of the flock, The Sorcerer.

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