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Bel Canto Barbie & other gems: Opera Omaha's Elixir of Love

Bel Canto Barbie & other gems: Opera Omaha's Elixir of Love

While The Elixir of Love is a comedic masterpiece, Donizetti's music ranges from brilliant and bubbly to languid and lush. The orchestra, led by David Agler, showcased this mercurial ambiance with clarity and nuance.

Meghan Klinkenborg
Tweaking the Brothers Grimm in Oper Frankfurt's Hänsel und Gretel

Tweaking the Brothers Grimm in Oper Frankfurt's Hänsel und Gretel

The schtick tightened up during the second half and the story leavened. The actors seemed to relax into their characters' inner lives once their outer circumstances had a discernible logic. Liberated from conceptual mumbo jumbo, the score and libretto timed better with the on-stage action. Finally, things made sense.

Jeremy Hirsch
Chemistry sizzles onstage in Paride ed Elena

Chemistry sizzles onstage in Paride ed Elena

Their voices pulled and pushed at Gluck’s music and Calzabigi's text, stretching and pulling and coloring every last note that made practically their entire run through the opera feel important.

Arturo Fernandez
Don't miss: The Monstrous Child

Don't miss: The Monstrous Child

Though still young, Higgins is a seasoned composer; and though there are learning curves to writing for the voice, he wisely keeps his eyes on the final product: an opera for families.

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with conductors: Michael Christie

Talking with conductors: Michael Christie

"You know, thank goodness that we're beginning to deal more and more with questions and issues of diversity. But Young Artist Programs can't deal with the diversity questions if there isn't a pipeline beforehand."

Michael Pecak
A moving spectacle: Akhnaten

A moving spectacle: Akhnaten

Every bit of this production was beautifully and intricately crafted; from the dazzling, elaborate costumes, to the evocative colour palette, it was a fully immersive experience that was moving in the most unexpected ways.

Alessia Naccarato
Uncluttered magic in Carsen's Midsummer

Uncluttered magic in Carsen's Midsummer

For those looking to escape into a Shakespearean fantasy world filled with fairies, comical misunderstandings, and top-notch singing, this production of Midsummer is not to be missed.

Erik Flaten
Talking with singers: Nina Stemme

Talking with singers: Nina Stemme

She cautions that even in a prestigious YAP or ensemble studio, the opera directors are juggling many priorities and they simply want "to get the most out of your voice right now."

Hannah De Priest
Talking with singers: Pumeza Matshikiza

Talking with singers: Pumeza Matshikiza

When the legendary Jessye Norman receives the prestigious Glenn Gould Prize - Canada's most significant award for artistic achievement - soprano Pumeza Matshikiza will be among the impressive line-up of singers set to pay homage.

Jenna Simeonov
Majeski makes sensitive, subtle ROH debut in Kát'a Kabanova

Majeski makes sensitive, subtle ROH debut in Kát'a Kabanova

It is a piece that is so clearly a microcosm of a very specific place and time. Director Richard Jones has chosen to set it in the mid-60s in a repressive, religious Russian community where a life of domesticity, is a woman's only option.

Alessia Naccarato

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