Reviews

Treat yourself to WNO's Magic Flute

Treat yourself to WNO's Magic Flute

A cast of charismatic singing actors with impeccable comic timing to go with their across-the-board excellent Mozartean singing are the whipped cream and cherry on top of this operatic ice cream sundae.

Molly Simoneau
Karah Son a "true jewel" of Opera Omaha's Madama Butterfly

Karah Son a "true jewel" of Opera Omaha's Madama Butterfly

"Son's entire demeanor shifted in this scene from distraught mess to calm intensity. The effect was quite jarring, ending the opera with a truly tragic shock."

Meghan Klinkenborg
Revived Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra A Crowd-Pleasing Guilty Pleasure

Revived Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra A Crowd-Pleasing Guilty Pleasure

"I absolutely believe the program's assertion that Pacini was Rossini's main rival for the bel canto crown during the peak of his career."

Arturo Fernandez
Moral dilemmas & an excellent quartet: HGO's Rigoletto

Moral dilemmas & an excellent quartet: HGO's Rigoletto

As Rigoletto leaves the party, we see the true depth of his character. As Mayes interprets him, the jester is very fidgety, his routines a compulsive series of tics that he feels compelled to practice even when nobody else is around, very much the modern laborer trapped in his work.

Andrew Schneider
This Medium packs a punch

This Medium packs a punch

The amount of emotion and energy she put into her character's maniacal laughter, fear, abusive pummellings and Jekyll-and Hyde remonstrations of poor pitiful Toby were awful to observe – and I mean that as a compliment.

Neil Weisensel
"Incredibly clever" Trittico onstage in Victoria

"Incredibly clever" Trittico onstage in Victoria

Aviva Fortunata as Giorgetta is a standout in Tabarro, with a warm full soprano, and barely-contained frustration and anger at being made to stay on the boat. Her desperation when she tries to leave her estranged husband is palpable as she nearly betrays her plan to escape.

Melissa Ratcliff
The Most Happy Fella: a lesson in unconditional love

The Most Happy Fella: a lesson in unconditional love

Written by Guys and Dolls' Frank Loesser, I expected it to be simple and toe-tapping (don't get me wrong - I love Guys and Dolls!). The two grand pianos that served as Skylark's fearless orchestra, music direction by Carson Schneider, provided a sound not of the fun loving Runyon musical, but a mixture of Rodgers and Hammerstein with a dash of Leoncavello.

Callie Cooper
A Parisian Traviata Spectacle

A Parisian Traviata Spectacle

This production is feast for the eyes and ears. So much to see and listen to, full of emotional highs and lows, and a stage full of amazing talent.

Melissa Ratcliff
Joynt angelic in Canadian debut as Gilda in Edmonton Opera's Rigoletto

Joynt angelic in Canadian debut as Gilda in Edmonton Opera's Rigoletto

With Rigoletto, Edmonton Opera connects with a wide spectrum of themes that most people will identify: the danger of power that goes unchecked, the fear when those closest to you are threatened, and the purity of love and being loved. If you've never seen an opera before, this is a production that will definitely get you hooked.

Oliver Munar
The Bohos come home: AtG's Bohème is back at the (dive) bar

The Bohos come home: AtG's Bohème is back at the (dive) bar

For those paying attention, Ivany's libretto only updates details, the kind that are in place to connect character with audience. If we were to strip away the hipster scarves and references to manscaping and BMV, we're still left with the original personalities from the libretto by Illica and Giacosa.

Jenna Simeonov

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