Let’s be honest about what theatre is and reassess why we go. Let’s go to the theater to feel things, not simply because it’s a box to check on an itinerary of New York.
On July 25th, the Caramoor Festival presented the second and final of its Bel Canto at Caramoor operas for the 2015 season, Francis Poulenc’s 1956 opera and love letter to the Catholic Church, Dialogues des Carmelites. The opera, performed like a play set to music without formal arias or ensembles, tells the story of the […]
Tucked away in the heart of the Rappahannock Valley amidst rolling fields and bales of hay is what might objectively be the late Maestro Lorin Maazel’s greatest accomplishment: the Castleton Festival. Dedicated to developing, instructing, and providing exposure and performance opportunities for young artists, the Festival was officially founded by Maestro Maazel in 2009. With […]
As an audience member, it’s very easy to see an opera, especially one performed in concert, enjoy it, and think, “Why isn’t this piece done more?” Often, there are some clear reasons why. Sometimes it’s staging difficulties with what an opera calls for. Sometimes it’s a part that poses specific casting problems. Donizetti’s La Favorite, […]
When people ask me what opera is, my short, go-to answer is usually “a play where the dialogue is sung”. In Dialogues des Carmélites, Francis Poulenc’s 1956 opera about a convent of Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution, that definition holds true. Their story of faith and martyrdom comes to life at Caramoor on July […]
You can read my review of the Met’s new productions of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera here on the Huffington Post. Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci run through May 8th at the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are available here. Photo: Metropolitan Opera/ Cory Weaver
April 6, 2015- New York- OperaRox Presents, a new startup opera company headed by Kimberly Feltkamp and Jaimie Appleton, announces its launch and dates for an inaugural production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” on at the National Opera Center August Aug. 21 (7pm) & Aug. 23 (2pm), 2015. Kimberly Feltkamp and Jaimie Appleton, two […]