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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 […]

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.

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.

Met 2014-15 Season Predictions- Part 2

Part 2! The Merry Widow: I’m glad the Met has realized that cheerful operettas are the best choice for New Year’s Eve performances. Tony-winner Susan Stroman’s new production opens with Renee Fleming as Hanna and Broadway debutant and personal favorite Kelli O’Hara as Valencienne in a cast that also stars Nathan Gunn and Alek Shrader. […]

Met 2014-15 Season Predictions- Part 1

Opening night at the Met is one of my favorite days of the year. A new season connotes discovery, excitement, and a whole other slew of exciting performances to look forward to. Especially after the Met’s unusually long summer break, a new season brings back that sense of currency and anticipation to the opera community. […]

It’s Jest a Hunch: Caramoor’s “Rigoletto” in Review

After a hugely successful initial performance and an even more polished second performance of their first opera of the season, “Lucrezia Borgia”, Caramoor had big shoes to fill with their second and final opera of the 2014 Summer Festival season, “Rigoletto”. While the bar was set high, “Rigoletto” had trouble measuring up in a few […]

Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part 2: What to Expect from November to mid-January

I had Part 1 earlier this week, and I’m back now with the second session of Met Season Predictions. Let’s pick up where we left off in mid-November. Rigoletto: The Met’s neon Rigoletto returns for another season since its first presentation last season. Dimiri Hvorostovsky sings Rigoletto opposite Aleksandra Kurzak’s Gilda. Kurzak recently announced her […]

The Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part One: What to Expect from September to November

With this blog, you get a lot of “opera”, and a moderate amount of “teen”. Tonight, you get a big helping of both, because it’s officially one week until opening night at the Met and this is only my first round of season predictions. Or those who don’t know, I chunk the Met season into […]

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 […]