Reviews

Decadence at DMMO: Bon Appetit!

Decadence at DMMO: Bon Appetit!

At the end of the performance, the audience was served the very chocolate cake depicted in the opera, bringing the experience full circle. A decadent finish to a decadent evening.

Meghan Klinkenborg
Solid & subtle direction in WTO's Ariadne auf Naxos

Solid & subtle direction in WTO's Ariadne auf Naxos

On Friday, July 19, Wolf Trap Opera opened their second opera of their summer season with Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos. An opera within an opera is always a difficult feat in my opinion, and the creative team made it an entertaining and comical evening.

Callie Cooper
Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters versatile & imaginative

Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters versatile & imaginative

The staging and direction of this song cycle by Cara Gabriel was versatile and imaginative. The singers moved seamlessly between songs. I had absolutely no idea what the music would sound like, and I was pleasantly surprised. There were some minimalist crunchy 20th-century moments, but overall the melodies were beautiful and catchy. Some sounded very operatic, and some had a flower child, Simon and Garfunkel vibe.

Callie Cooper
An ambiguous Turn of the Screw at Garsington Opera

An ambiguous Turn of the Screw at Garsington Opera

This beautiful period production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw, directed by Louisa Muller, is no exception. The newly and rather cleverly built Opera Pavilion borrows from Japanese architecture, creating a space which ambiguously walks the line between the indoor and the outdoor.

Alessia Naccarato
Raw & exposed: Wozzeck

Raw & exposed: Wozzeck

Certain characters and scenes were exaggerated and grotesque, accentuating Wozzeck's unreliable interpretation of reality. Other moments, however, were unsettling precisely because they felt so realistic. The omnipresent menacing atmosphere was palpable throughout the opera, and McIntyre did not pull any punches when it came to the pivotal murder scene.

Meghan Klinkenborg
Talent & polish in Heroic Opera's Macbeth

Talent & polish in Heroic Opera's Macbeth

The music throughout was also brilliant. Perri Lo did a masterful job as the music director, especially with the ensemble scenes. Congratulations to everyone involved. Macbeth was a highly memorable top-notch production overflowing with talent and polish.

Kathryn Nickford
Simple joys in Noye's Fludde

Simple joys in Noye's Fludde

There was a palpable feeling of euphoria when the storm finally clears and Noah and his family realise, they have been spared. Their surprise, relief, and gratitude was genuine and infectious.

Alessia Naccarato
The ever-relevant classic: ROH's Marriage of Figaro

The ever-relevant classic: ROH's Marriage of Figaro

Somehow, though now over two hundred years old, it maintains a certain freshness. Even a standard production like this 2006 David McVicar classic which this season sees its sixth revival run at the Royal Opera, still feels relevant.

Alessia Naccarato
Bring your tissues to DMMO's La bohème

Bring your tissues to DMMO's La bohème

The main factor that makes or breaks a production of La bohème is the cast. The six lead characters must have comedic timing, dramatic chops, and believable chemistry. This opera is so popular precisely because all the characters are realistic and likeable.

Meghan Klinkenborg
Don't let the upbeat tunes deceive you: DMMO's Candide

Don't let the upbeat tunes deceive you: DMMO's Candide

If you're looking for a theatrical farce that will leave you with a lot of questions about the human condition, then look no further than Des Moines Metro Opera's charming production of Candide.

Meghan Klinkenborg

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