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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.”

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.

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.

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.