Pretty poison: Lucrezia Borgia at New Amsterdam Opera
Calls From Two WorldsReview
Both The Telephone and The Medium end with an unexpected turn and so the two operas result in a night of surprises.
A contemplative reflection on Dichterliebe in Love In The Time Of…Review
Najmi’s tender, sensitive reading of Dichterliebe is worth the price of admission all on its own: I dare say that his Dichterliebe might easily rival the performances of some of the great Lieder singers of the 20th century.
Everything For Dawn: EiO premieres new opera-serial on WNET Group’s All Arts streaming serviceReview
A confused concept: Pearl Fishers in VancouverReview
The projections describe how the librettists and composer themselves had never visited "Ceylon" (currently Sri Lanka) nor knew about the culture, and were writing from a place of ignorance. Then the curtain rises on the chorus, sets, costumes, and the opening in the tropical setting full of palm trees.
“Electric and exciting”: Edmonton Opera launches 2022-23 season with Puccini’s ToscaReview
On October 22, Edmonton Opera launched what it describes as an “electric and exciting” 2022-23 season with one of Giacomo Puccini’s well-known dramas: Tosca.
Show stealers in Enigma Chamber Opera's Prodigal SonReview
The attention to detail in the characterizations extended to everyone else afterwards, as well. Matthew DiBattista brought a certain hesitancy to the Younger Son that made him endearing, even when he sang more confidently.
Sproule sings a rich, effortless Carmen in VictoriaReview
Pacific Opera Victoria’s season opener for 2022 is Carmen, taking a traditional look at a very traditional opera, but with a few excellent updates.
Carmen doesn't quite commit at Lyric Opera of Kansas CityReview
I wasn't sure where Jackson's interpretation lands on the scale of "bad girl", which was the main tag the company used in advertisements. On one hand, there was an impressively choreographed fight in the beginning between Carmen and another factory girl, where we saw Carmen's aggression.
"A very original genius": playing Frida Kahlo at San Diego OperaInterview
"Frida is very well portrayed in this music, which is fabulous," says Paz. "The music reflects the pain that she was suffering. It reflects the great courage that she had in life. She was a kind of mischievous, rebel woman. That's very clear in the score and musically."
La bohème reliable as ever, even in reverseReview
It is surprising how little effectiveness Puccini's score loses when performed in reverse order, and the score still lands each emotional beat even when the context feels radically different.