Opera Teen

The Yellow Rose: La Favorite at Caramoor

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, […]

Sister Act: Dialogues des Carmélites arrives at the Caramoor Festival

Sister Act: Dialogues des Carmélites arrives at the Caramoor Festival

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 […]

The Light in the Piazza: New Productions of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci at the Met

The Light in the Piazza: New Productions of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci at the Met

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

“OperaRox Presents” Announces Launch and Performance Dates

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 […]

Flambé: Massenet’s “Manon” at the Metropolitan Opera

Flambé: Massenet’s “Manon” at the Metropolitan Opera

Remarking about how his impending Manon Lescaut would compare to his contemporary Jules Massenet’s Manon, a successful setting of Abbé Prévost’s 1731 novel of the same name, Giacomo Puccini said, “Massenet feels it as a Frenchman, with powder and minuets. I shall feel it as an Italian, with a desperate passion.” Saturday night’s thrilling performance […]

Sight but no Vision:”Iolanta” and “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Met

Double bills are a common phenomenon in the opera world. The most famous two are the pairing of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and the best pairings of operas offer either a stark contrast between the pieces-highlighting what makes each piece different and worthy of viewing in a new light- or complement each other, showing that two works […]

Desperate Housewife: Lady Macbeth of Mtensk at the Metropolitan Opera

Desperate Housewife: Lady Macbeth of Mtensk at the Metropolitan Opera

Last night, the Metropolitan Opera brought back its 1994 production of Lady Macbeth of Mtensk for the first time in nearly 15 years. You can read my review about it here, on Parterre. Enjoy! Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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