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Some Enchanted Evening: MasterVoices’ “Dido and Aeneas” with Kelli O’Hara

Some Enchanted Evening: MasterVoices’ “Dido and Aeneas” with Kelli O’Hara

You can imagine my initial reticence when it was announced that Broadway superstar Kelli O’Hara would be performing in Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas with MasterVoices. And you can also imagine my surprise when O’Hara’s cleanly-sung, introspective interpretation of the Carthaginian queen won the day at City Center last Friday.

Separated by a Sea: “Die Entfürung aus dem Serail” and a New Production of “Elektra” at the Met

Separated by a Sea: “Die Entfürung aus dem Serail” and a New Production of “Elektra” at the Met

They may make a mismatched pair, but both Die Entfürung aus dem Serail and Elektra (especially Elektra) are being executed with great care at the Met.

An Interview with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s General Director, Anthony Freud

An Interview with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s General Director, Anthony Freud

“If you distill opera down to its basics, its telling stories through words and music. Though many regard it as old art form and ask what relevance it could have to now, when you distill it down, it has utter universality. It transcends centuries, continents, and ethnicities. We produce a most-relevant cultural service.” Thoughts on opera and more from Anthony Freud, General Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Dogeball: “I Due Foscari” at Teatro Alla Scala

Dogeball: “I Due Foscari” at Teatro Alla Scala

Luca Salsi, Anna Pirozzi, Francesco Meli, and Michele Mariotti make a strong case for Verdi’s “I Due Foscari” at Teatro alla Scala.

The Sound and the Furies: Handel’s “Orlando” at Carnegie Hall

The Sound and the Furies: Handel’s “Orlando” at Carnegie Hall

The English Concert, in their annual Carnegie Hall operatic appearance, never fails to impress, and intelligent, confident music making at Sunday’s performance of Handel’s Orlando made a sterling case for Baroque opera as exciting theater.

Magic Virtues: “Don Pasquale” at the Metropolitan Opera

Magic Virtues: “Don Pasquale” at the Metropolitan Opera

Winning performances by Javier Camarena and Eleonora Buratto dominate this uneven-yet-enjoyable revival of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” at the Met.

The Producer: A Conversation with Broadway’s David Stone

The Producer: A Conversation with Broadway’s David Stone

Broadway producer David Stone discusses how he came to producing, his opinions on bootleg recordings, and the phenomenon of cross-pollination between the worlds of opera and Broadway.

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