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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.

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.

Spread Your Wings and Fly: Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera

Spread Your Wings and Fly: Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera

Despite smart and sensitive phrasing choices throughout and a thorough, unique characterization, Ana Maria Martinez couldn’t quite bring herself to the climactic high notes at the heart of Butterfly’s arias.

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

The triptych of Gaetano Donizetti’s Tudor Queens is a famously challenging cycle for any diva. Most notably sung by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera, the three queens at the centerpieces of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn), Maria Stuarda (Queen Elizabeth OR Mary Stuart, depending on what angle you come from), and Roberto Devereux […]

To Rome With Love: Tosca at New York City Opera Renaissance

To Rome With Love: Tosca at New York City Opera Renaissance

Despite the initial curiosity of recreating the same production that was seen at the opera’s premiere in 1900, the Tosca that arrived at the Rose Theater this week seemed an odd successor to a company that prided itself on artistic innovation on every level.

Roman Holiday: Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera

Roman Holiday: Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera

The problem that lies in many Met performances of Tosca is that they have made the extraordinary painfully ordinary.

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