Reviews

Slapstick overload: The Italian Straw Hat

Slapstick overload: The Italian Straw Hat

At times the stage was so overcrowded with schtick it was overwhelming. Banana jokes, chamber pot humor and smoke machines did not add to the talents of the cast or the beauty of the music.

Callie Cooper
The women rule in FGO's Figaro

The women rule in FGO's Figaro

Florida Grand Opera's Le nozze di Figaro, which opened on January 26 at the Adrienne Arsht Centre in Miami, took an uncharacteristically introspective look at this iconic comedic favourite, in a production that asked all the right questions, but sacrificed some laughs along the way.

Carly Gordon
A staggering team effort: Star Wars in concert

A staggering team effort: Star Wars in concert

The crowd, full of fans of all ages, shared a level of love and nostalgia for the work of John Williams and George Lucas that rivals opera fans' loyalty to Verdi and Wagner.

Jenna Simeonov
Florencia en el Amazonas takes on a life of its own at HGO

Florencia en el Amazonas takes on a life of its own at HGO

Martínez's inimitable dulcet vibrato tones had a way of embodying the butterflies into which her character eventually transforms. Anybody wanting an avenue to approach this opera would do well to begin with her music, which offers this opera's most audible links with the traditional Puccinian repertoire which is her specialty.

Andrew Schneider
Constructive frustration from ROH's Queen of Spades

Constructive frustration from ROH's Queen of Spades

I think it is a good thing to have my sensibilities questioned. An opera score does not always need to be taken at face value and can be up to individual interpretation.

Alessia Naccarato
Haroun and the Sea of Stories a surreal, timely treat

Haroun and the Sea of Stories a surreal, timely treat

It is always tricky to adapt a book about storytelling to any medium outside of the written word, and it is even more difficult when you deal with a work which wears its political overtones like a badge of pride.

Arturo Fernandez
Uneven Scarlet Ibis Meditative To A Fault

Uneven Scarlet Ibis Meditative To A Fault

Unfortunately, Weisman's score does not always meet the standard that Cote sets. The issue is that Weisman's music is often relatively one-note if something of little dramatic import is going on.

Arturo Fernandez
A long-standing tradition: La traviata at ROH

A long-standing tradition: La traviata at ROH

Sitting in the audience, I had the feeling I was part of a long standing tradition, one that dates back to 1858 when the opera was first performed at Covent Garden.

Alessia Naccarato
Counter/Culture

Counter/Culture

There was literally something for everyone who enjoys culture. Though many elements tied together, in the end it had the same effect as a large, complex mosaic - no surprise since it was the result of a collaboration between many: Mr. Costanzo conceived the project in conjunction with the artistic directors of Visionaire and National Sawdust, which is known for its interdisciplinary productions.

Loren Lester
"Pop-Up Opera"

"Pop-Up Opera"

Menotti holds an unusual niche in musical history – he's one of the rare post-Puccini composers who continued in the romantic or verismo style while the opera world became mostly atonal and minimalist. He is also one of only a handful of composers – like Wagner – who wrote his own libretti.

Loren Lester

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