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September Review Roundup

September Review Roundup

After a very busy couple of months, I’m excited to be back with some links to reviews I wrote of performances from the month of September. Both casts in Washington National Opera’s Aïda on Parterre Box The National Gallery’s concert presentation of Letters from Ruth on Washington Classical Review Signature Theatre’s production of A Little […]

Life Alert: Anna Netrebko Returns to “La Traviata” at La Scala

Life Alert: Anna Netrebko Returns to “La Traviata” at La Scala

Please head over to Parterre Box to read my thoughts on Anna Netrebko’s magnificent return to the role of Violetta in La Traviata at Teatro alla Scala in Milan last week.

Mass Appeal: Gianandrea Noseda Leads London Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem

Mass Appeal: Gianandrea Noseda Leads London Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem

Working with an ensemble that obviously had deep feeling for the music, Noseda drew thoughtful, balanced playing from the utterly responsive LSO. All throughout, his controlled-yet-fluid conducting reflected the grandiose scale of the piece, a monumental expression of mourning and human confrontation with death.

Rock-a-bye, Baby: “Jenůfa” at the Metropolitan Opera

Rock-a-bye, Baby: “Jenůfa” at the Metropolitan Opera

With the white-knuckled Karita Mattila playing the upright, deeply conflicted Kostelnicka, it simply isn’t possible to look away.

Borrowed & Blue: “The Marriage of Figaro” at Washington National Opera

Borrowed & Blue: “The Marriage of Figaro” at Washington National Opera

Washington National Opera opened its 2016-17 season last week with an uneven, unjaded, if not unenjoyable, performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro that just couldn’t turn separate “jinx” from the desired “hijinks.”

Summer School: “Così fan tutte” at the Mostly Mozart Festival

Summer School: “Così fan tutte” at the Mostly Mozart Festival

This was Così, straightforward and unaltered. While it would have been great to see Christophe Honoré’s provocative production, what arrived at Lincoln Center was a musical presentation of the highest quality.

Red Scare: “Sweeney Todd” and “The Crucible” at Glimmerglass

Red Scare: “Sweeney Todd” and “The Crucible” at Glimmerglass

A misguided “Sweeney Todd” and an adaptation of “The Crucible” round out a weekend at the Glimmerglass Festival.