Tag Archive | Verdi

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.

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 […]

It’s Award Season in the Opera World…

Last week, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced that its Richard Tucker Award winner would be mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard. Isabel Leonard is just about as charming and bubbly as it gets. I’ve never seen her live, but from all reports I hear, she’s animated and bouncy onstage and she has a great stage presence. […]


Hey there opera fans. Posting this in my queue via my IPhone. All safe here after hurricane Sandy, but no power. 😦 Enjoy soprano and Richard Tucker Award Winner, Ailyn Perez singing the ‘Ave Maria’ from Verdi’s Otello! Enjoy!!!


Happy Halloween opera fans!!! Still stuck here without power, so sending this from my Iphone. My favorite creepy piece of music is ‘Stride la Vampa’ from Il Trovatore. You can watch it here with Dolora Zajick. What piece sends shivers down your spine? Tell me in the comments below! Photo courtesy of Lindsey Feldmeth.

Honoring Verdi on his Birthday… With a Competition

HAPPY 199TH BIRTHDAY, MAESTRO GIUSEPPE VERDI!!!!! To celebrate the maestro’s birthday, I am holding a “‘Sempre Libera’ off”! Below, I have posted 10 different singer’s interpretations of the aria ‘Sempre Libera’ from La Traviata, you listen to them, and vote for your favorite! GO! Anna Netrebko from 2004. Anna Moffo in a 1968 film version […]

Review of Falstaff DVD on Parterre

Hello everyone! As the second part of my good news(The first was that I’m now a Huffington Post blogger as well!), I wrote a review of the 2011 Zurich production of Flastaff for the world famous opera blog, Parterre Box. This has been so exciting and you can read my review here. This is a […]