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It’s Jest a Hunch: Caramoor’s “Rigoletto” in Review

After a hugely successful initial performance and an even more polished second performance of their first opera of the season, “Lucrezia Borgia”, Caramoor had big shoes to fill with their second and final opera of the 2014 Summer Festival season, “Rigoletto”. While the bar was set high, “Rigoletto” had trouble measuring up in a few […]

Parts of Their World: Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera in Review

The Met is frequently criticized as a repertory house, unadventurous and conservative in its programming and casting. There are definitely aspects of that which are true(And were particularly prevalent during Joseph Volpe’s management.), but during Volpe’s management, the Met championed a very select number of non-standard repertory operas. Among these are Zandonai’s “Francesca da Rimini”, Giordano’s […]

NYCO Says, “Ta-Ta”: New York City Opera’s Final Performance of Anna Nicole in Review

There were tears from the cast during the curtain calls after Saturday, September 28th, New York City Opera presentation of Anna Nicole. Not only because it was the final performance of the run, but mostly because this co-presentation with Brooklyn Academy is the final production that New York City Opera, a 70 year old institution, […]

OPENING NIGHT AT THE MET!: Everything You Need to Know

It’s finally here! After an inappropriately long time of waiting (The opera season in New York is substantially shorter than in most European houses.), Opening Night, one of my favorite days of the year, has arrived! This must-see production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” stars Anna Netrebko as Tatjana, Mariusz Kweicien as Eugene Onegin, Piotr Beczala […]

Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part 4: What to Expect from mid-March Through the End of the Season

Here is the final round (You can find rounds 1,2, &3 ) of Met predictions just in time for the Met Opening Night tomorrow! As per tradition, I’ll liveblog tomorrow’s performance. In the afternoon, I’ll put out a list of ways you can enjoy the Met Opening Night with some opinions in advance. I’ll post […]

Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part 2: What to Expect from November to mid-January

I had Part 1 earlier this week, and I’m back now with the second session of Met Season Predictions. Let’s pick up where we left off in mid-November. Rigoletto: The Met’s neon Rigoletto returns for another season since its first presentation last season. Dimiri Hvorostovsky sings Rigoletto opposite Aleksandra Kurzak’s Gilda. Kurzak recently announced her […]

The Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part One: What to Expect from September to November

With this blog, you get a lot of “opera”, and a moderate amount of “teen”. Tonight, you get a big helping of both, because it’s officially one week until opening night at the Met and this is only my first round of season predictions. Or those who don’t know, I chunk the Met season into […]

In a Little Swiss Village called Verbier… : A Guest Post by Tyler Barton

Today, I have a guest post for your from my friend, Tyler Barton. Tyler is a student and fervent opera and classical music fan living in Oklahoma. He can be found on Twitter at @TylerBarton27 and at his own blog (Which resides in my sidebar), New Everything Opera. Like many opera fans, he is looking […]

Bells are Ringing: Les vêpres siciliennes at Caramoor

Blood, sweat, and tears are essential to making opera happen. However, on Saturday, July 6th, it was the audience that contributed the sweat. On Saturday, Caramoor presented Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes as the first part of their 2013 Bel Canto at Caramoor series. At Caramoor, there has been a consistent tradition of high quality concert […]

Blanche is Not an Asset to the Abbey: Dialogues des Carmelites at the Metropolitan Opera in Review

For the first time in ten years, the Met revived its iconic production of Francis Poulenc’s opera, Dialogues des Carmelites- Dialogues of the Carmelites, which opened this afternoon. At the heart of the story is the eviction of a convent of Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution.  The nuns are from a wide spectrum of […]

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