SongStudio: Lied-ing the way

SongStudio: Lied-ing the way

If opera can be seen as a circle struggling to widen the circumference of its audience, concerts consisting of song alone are a much smaller and much more esoteric circle. Ms. Fleming is trying to change that and is currently devoting her life to ensuring that there will be at least one more generation of song artists.

Loren Lester - Feb 8, 2023
Justice is served in the COC's Salome

Justice is served in the COC's Salome

What's always drawn me to Braid on stage is her innate dramaticism. She understands character, nuance, backstory, and everything that an actor's actor loves to see another actor exercise on the stage.

Greg Finney - Feb 7, 2023
The women rule in COC's Nozze di Figaro

The women rule in COC's Nozze di Figaro

Like, I can handle some dramatic symbolism, some commentary on a piece that has enormous wisdom in it; I suppose it's because all the neat little ideas -- Cherubim rides a unicycle! Susanna is obsessed with the Countess' fur coat! Figaro keeps leaping into an open pit in the floor! -- don't ever add up to something that's more profound than what Mozart and Da Ponte gave us.

Jenna Simeonov - Feb 6, 2023
Marina Costa-Jackson: "You just have to do it, a lot."

Marina Costa-Jackson: "You just have to do it, a lot."

"Puccini really captured the raw emotionality of a mother. He always wrote his ladies so well but specifically, with Suor Angelica, there's a deep sorrow there that makes it very interesting to portray. Being a mother now, it gives me a new perspective on it. It connects on a deeper level. Frankly it's a very hard aria to get through with dry eyes."

Eva Cahen - Feb 1, 2023
The Cleveland Orchestra brings radical refinement to Carnegie Hall

The Cleveland Orchestra brings radical refinement to Carnegie Hall

With the first Berg-to-Schubert transition, virtually seamless though that was hardly the primary intent, Welser-Möst made clear that these works, written just over a century apart, were part of a musical continuum.

John Hohmann - Feb 1, 2023
In Our Daughter's Eyes: musical miscarriage

In Our Daughter's Eyes: musical miscarriage

Gunn portrays a man expecting his first child, and he expresses his excitement and his fears as he takes us through all the stages of the pregnancy – the first ultrasound, the second ultrasound, naming the child, etc.

Loren Lester - Jan 18, 2023
Trade/Mary Motorhead: music in the background

Trade/Mary Motorhead: music in the background

Their interaction is so believable that we feel as if we are peering through the keyhole of the motel room where they've met for their illicit encounter. We forget we're watching something on a stage.

Loren Lester - Jan 18, 2023
note to a friend: MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

note to a friend: MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

Suicide has been a frequent topic in opera over the centuries, and usually takes place in the passionate throes of a tragic event. Lang, however, explores the ‘act of taking one’s life’ not as a momentary impulse, but as a personal choice made after a great deal of contemplation.

Loren Lester - Jan 13, 2023
Angel's Bone: Disturbing the comfortable

Angel's Bone: Disturbing the comfortable

One audience member commented “If you enjoyed this opera, you weren’t paying attention” and I think that’s bang on. This piece is difficult. From the music, to the staging, to the subject matter, this production is disturbing, unsettling and extremely raw.

Melissa Ratcliff - Nov 26, 2022
Running Time

Running Time

There is an unfortunate trend currently in live theater. It’s not clear if the demand is coming from audiences or from theater companies who are either listening to their audiences or to the bottom line of their budgets.

Loren Lester - Nov 21, 2022

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