Tag Archive | Review

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 […]

Straussathon 2013: Die Frau Ohne Schatten and Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera

First, I’d like to apologize for the extended absence. I don’t think I’ve ever taken this long to update, and I’m sorry about that. School is intense this year, and I’ll try to keep a more regular pace. With 2013 being the bicentennials of both Verdi and Wagner, you’d expect Wagner to get top billing […]

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, […]

Kings and Queens of Cooperstown: “Camelot” & “King for a Day” at Glimmerglass in Review

Since 1975, the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown (Known for its baseball as well as its opera.) has been presenting operas during the summer months in the gorgeous pastoral setting of rural New York. Since 1987, they have presented operas in the Alice Busch Opera Theater, an intimate, 914 seat venue with retractable walls, which blends […]

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 […]

Sing for Your Supper: La Périchole at New York City Opera

As the fourth and final presentation of the nomadic New York City Opera, the company produced Jacques Offenbach’s “sort-of-semi-heard” operetta, La Perichole, at New York City Center (It’s original home at its inception in 1944.) The operetta  is about an impoverished duo of street singers. The girl, Perichole, becomes the mistress of the Viceroy through […]

Family Ties: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera in Review

On January 4, 2013, the Operarox Liveshow regulars and other impassioned, young opera fans from different cities all over the country and of all different ages descended upon Lincoln Center, New York to hear Joyce DiDonato-their “high priestess”, in a way- tackle the bel-canto role of Maria Stuarda in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera of the same […]

Opera Teen Returns to Parterre

Hello again, opera lovers! As an added National Opera Week feature, here is a link to read my review of the 2012 Opera Australia production of La Traviata on Sydney Harbor on world renown opera blog, Parterre! See what I said and then give me your thoughts in the comments! Enjoy! You can purchase the […]

Interview with Melody Moore, Singing Prima Donna at the NYC Opera

The New York City Opera has faced countless ups and down recently, including its move from Lincoln Center, negotiating contracts with musicians, and regaining its footing as one of the great American opera companies. For those who have feared that such a special company would have trouble making its comeback should rest assured. This company […]

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