Reviews

The Accommodating "Cool" of Spielberg’s West Side Story

The Accommodating "Cool" of Spielberg’s West Side Story

It would be unreasonable to expect these star-crossed lovers to create a more charmingly romantic balcony scene and "Tonight." They are literally heaven-sent when singing their vows in "One Hand, One Heart" amidst sunlight streaming through stained glass at the MET Museum’s Cloisters.

John Hohmann
Fresh avant-garde: The Happenstancers film Pierrot Lunaire

Fresh avant-garde: The Happenstancers film Pierrot Lunaire

Pierrot Lunaire translates eerily well to film, especially in the hands of this team. Shot in black and white and with moments of harsh chiarioscuro in Adam Harris' lighting design, we're brought into the delicate world of a chamber group set-up.

Jenna Simeonov
The MET Orchestra reigns and Goerke sings Sieglinde

The MET Orchestra reigns and Goerke sings Sieglinde

The blazing orchestra doesn't so much compensate for the lack of the sword and tree but more accurately supplants the need for such paraphernalia.

John Hohmann
A Torrent of Light: the future of opera

A Torrent of Light: the future of opera

Every part of the playing space could function as a projection screen. It was some of the most exciting tech I've ever seen in a show.

Greg Finney
The Queen in Me: yaassss kweeeeeeen

The Queen in Me: yaassss kweeeeeeen

The Queen in Me at the Canadian Opera Company is the culmination of years of work by Kasahara and their creative team to create this monolith of a one-person show. A true one-person show -- not a recital, not a cabaret or salon, but a dramatically driven show that would need to be seen to be believed.

Greg Finney
EDEN stuns and the astonishing Joyce DiDonato is out to save the world

EDEN stuns and the astonishing Joyce DiDonato is out to save the world

Joyce DiDonato has made a stunning recording. Since we've become accustomed to her perfect technique, rich characterizations and commitment to the message as well as the music, this is not unusual. But with Eden, her new recording on Erato, this masterful mezzo-soprano quite simply astonishes.

John Hohmann
Vaness directs electric Tosca in Kansas City

Vaness directs electric Tosca in Kansas City

I could see Ms. Vaness' artistry in every move of the performers. While there was no groundbreaking staging, I felt a special electricity from the cast, like there was a connection to the greats, which of course Ms. Vaness provides.

Jane Richardson
Review: the COC's "prima la musica" La traviata

Review: the COC's "prima la musica" La traviata

Legato in spades and a magnetic presence on the stage that was at times hypnotizing, her "Sempre libera" (an aria that holds a particularly special place in the hearts of Queers in my generation) brought the house down.

Greg Finney
Les Délices streams opera pastiche The White Cat

Les Délices streams opera pastiche The White Cat

Julie Andrijeski and Shelby Yamin (violins), Kathryn Montoya and Nagy (oboes and recorders), Rebecca Reed (viola da gamba) and Mark Edwards (harpsichord) all wear cat masks, a simple and delightfully conspiratorial gesture. These cats know how to work it.

John Hohmann
The ensemble from heaven sends Don Giovanni to hell

The ensemble from heaven sends Don Giovanni to hell

The standout of the evening was Justin Welsh as Leporello. With comedic timing second to none, Welsh’s Leporello was long-suffering, but wily, and every scene he was in was hilarious with so much physical comedy it brought the house down.

Melissa Ratcliff

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