Is that how they do it? Is that how they do it?

Così fan tutte presents a considerable challenge to the modern director.

on November 17, 2019 at 12:07 PM
Strangers when we meet Strangers when we meet

The San Francisco Opera, perhaps incidentally, continued their exploration of operas based on literary works by mounting the revival of Giacomo Puccini’s first success, Manon Lescaut.

on November 17, 2019 at 11:50 AM
The opposite of sex The opposite of sex

Since 1934, Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts has been preparing emerging artists for operatic careers.

on November 14, 2019 at 3:21 PM
Los Aztecas Galantes Los Aztecas Galantes

What is opera for if not to commemorate a national epic tragedy and triumph?

on November 14, 2019 at 3:03 PM
“Haven’t we all suffered enough?” “Haven’t we all suffered enough?”

Sunday’s matinee at Lyric Opera of Chicago was my first experience of Heggie and McNally’s 2000 opera Dead Man Walking. It certainly won’t be my last.

on November 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM
General, not specific General, not specific

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.

on November 07, 2019 at 12:39 PM
More things sacred More things sacred

In recent weeks local and visiting groups performed refreshing rarities by Zelenka, Domenico Scarlatti and Telemann so engagingly that one didn’t miss the old standbys at all.

on November 05, 2019 at 9:40 AM
Bloody Mary, Hold the Pepper Bloody Mary, Hold the Pepper

Come ye addicts of melody! After long eclipse, Bel Canto shines again!

on November 05, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Close encounters Close encounters

Zauberland: An Encounter with Schumann’s Dichterliebe touched on themes of forced migration, loss, exile, and dehumanization.

on October 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM
The Coronation of Lisette The Coronation of Lisette

Sunday’s Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall was unusually satisfying despite a less than usually superstarry line-up.

on October 28, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Tony One-Note Tony One-Note

“Tony could only sing one note and the note he sang was this…”

on October 27, 2019 at 3:53 PM
Nearly there Nearly there

On Site Opera’s Turn of the Screw, an immersive production set in the Bronx’s Wave Hill Gardens, featured mostly good singing and a few directorial and technological missteps.

on October 26, 2019 at 5:18 PM
We’ll always have Paris We’ll always have Paris

At Friday night’s performance of La Bohème at the Met, the cast seemed to lean into (and gamble upon) the production’s enduring popularity.

on October 26, 2019 at 12:19 PM
Pink flamingos Pink flamingos

Like any good gay theatergoers, we seek out Tennessee Williams revivals with the fervor of truffle-sniffing pigs.

on October 24, 2019 at 3:05 PM
The lion king The lion king

Opéra Royal revives Grétry’s Richard Cœur-de-lion, one of the finest examples of the opéra comique genre.

on October 24, 2019 at 9:40 AM
I believe in unicorns I believe in unicorns

Sunday evening Los Angeles Opera presented tenor Javier Camarena in recital to a wildly enthusiastic audience from the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

on October 24, 2019 at 8:48 AM
Take care of this house Take care of this house

How does one make a performance of standard opera repertoire like Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro feel “fresh?”

on October 22, 2019 at 12:50 PM
Drag me to hell Drag me to hell

My first-ever Met Sunday opera brought the welcome return of Gluck’s sublime Orfeo ed Euridice in an enchanting afternoon that combined elegant conducting, joyous dancing and Jamie Barton’s extraordinary hero.

on October 21, 2019 at 11:02 AM
Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck’s sublime Orfeo ed Euridice makes a welcome return to the Met.

on October 20, 2019 at 6:39 PM
Immersed in eternal light Immersed in eternal light

Christian Gerhaher delivers a Kindertotenlieder of such conciliatory tact that it erases all others.

on October 20, 2019 at 12:14 PM
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