Tag Archive | Opera

The Old Ball and Chain: “Fidelio” and Beethoven Lieder at Caramoor

The Old Ball and Chain: “Fidelio” and Beethoven Lieder at Caramoor

While this performance was cast to perfection from top to bottom, the success of Sunday’s presentation was due in no small part to the incredible Leonore of Elza van den Heever, her first performance of the part.

Butterfly, Fly Away: Mascagni’s “Iris” at Bard SummerScape

Butterfly, Fly Away: Mascagni’s “Iris” at Bard SummerScape

Pietro Mascagni’s grim opera about a stultifyingly naïve girl who is kidnapped from her blind father by a lecherous young man and then sold into prostitution in legendary Japan seems unnecessarily nauseating and indeed, it sometimes feels that way. But sordid stories often yield stunning operas, and Iris, now seeing the light of the sun (Ha!) in a rare revival as part of Bard College’s 2016 SummerScape festival, is everything verismo should be: Devastating, provocative, and direct.

Can Theatre Be Too Accessible?

Can Theatre Be Too Accessible?

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.

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 […]

In a Little Swiss Village called Verbier… : A Guest Post by Tyler Barton

Today, I have a guest post for your from my friend, Tyler Barton. Tyler is a student and fervent opera and classical music fan living in Oklahoma. He can be found on Twitter at @TylerBarton27 and at his own blog (Which resides in my sidebar), New Everything Opera. Like many opera fans, he is looking […]

Ten Easy Ways to get Kids into Opera

To start with, I know that this story is old news now, but it still gives me the happy giggles. It’s so refreshing to hear about a mother, father, or friend that takes a child to their first opera and a young fan is born. In case of this story, a mother took her nine […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUCCINI!

Today we celebrate great composer Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini’s 154th birthday. Puccini is probably my favorite composer and while he isn’t considered a “genius”, his music still has the power to touch everyone in every way. In the spirit of Christmas, I have included a video of the 2008 Live in HD […]