Reviews

Pountney's oversimplified War and Peace

Pountney's oversimplified War and Peace

Writing an opera of this scale is not a simple charge and the task of producing it faces even more challenges; it is an immense work to attempt to pay homage to. There were a few magical, sparkling moments on stage that were completely true to the book, perfectly capturing the essence of Tolstoy's words.

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Opera on the Lake makes charismatic debut with Die Fledermaus

Opera on the Lake makes charismatic debut with Die Fledermaus

Characters would regularly go and stand at the bar to the right of the stage and "hang out" while the action was happening. This made for a very relaxed, fun and interactive atmosphere. In the Prince's aria during the party scene, Falke brought up a random audience member to take part in the festivities.

Callie Cooper
Unique venue makes for a fresh Così fan tutte

Unique venue makes for a fresh Così fan tutte

I really liked Ms. Manich's bold choice at the end of having the sisters have suitcases in hand ready to leave. Just as the music ends the women make eye contact with their former fiancés, and they freeze.

Callie Cooper
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.

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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.

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