Reviews

Installation Handmaid's Tale a dramatic, chilling staging

Installation Handmaid's Tale a dramatic, chilling staging

There is so much to like musically because Ruders stays true to Atwood's novel while finding time to let the music tell the drama on its own that it is indeed a good thing that it has finally found its cultural moment.

Arturo Fernandez
Sanitized tragedy: La traviata in Minnesota

Sanitized tragedy: La traviata in Minnesota

Violetta's most vulnerable moments were during the overtures behind a scrim. In the initial overture Violetta was seen revving herself up for the party between coughing fits, and before the final act Violetta dreams that Alfredo is still with her.

Callie Cooper
Pomakov a dominating devil in Vancouver Opera's Faust

Pomakov a dominating devil in Vancouver Opera's Faust

The austere, dark sets and costuming were paired with relatively austere stage direction from François Racine. While the intention may have been to let the music speak for itself, in this case it seemed to slow the pace of the show, and gave the performers little to do on stage.

Melissa Ratcliff
Vancouver Opera's Storybook Perfect Cenerentola

Vancouver Opera's Storybook Perfect Cenerentola

Rossini is incredibly unforgiving in his lighting-fast patter, overlapping harmonies, and blistering tempi in the ensembles, and every single one was perfectly precise, executed flawlessly, and were still all funny, evocative, and playful.

Melissa Ratcliff
A dismal opera: Werther

A dismal opera: Werther

The effect was darkly whimsical and visually captivating, allowing the drama to unravel within a framework of fiction – well-suited to the opera's poetic exaggerations and high-flying emotions.

Carly Gordon
The Mikado in the White House

The Mikado in the White House

Although meant to generate laughs at the expense of privileged white people, it's extremely difficult today to present this show, even as gently written as it is, without entering dangerous racist waters.

Loren Lester
Multifaceted success: HGO's The Phoenix

Multifaceted success: HGO's The Phoenix

In short, if this opera causes such a heady discussion about how best to fertilize our soil with culture, philosophy, and the pursuit of authentic enlightenment, it certainly deserves not only the reviews that will surely come up about it, but a whole book of Platonic dialogues as well!

Andrew Schneider
Transcendent & ambitious: Billy Budd at ROH

Transcendent & ambitious: Billy Budd at ROH

This production co-produced with Teatro Real, Madrid and Rome Opera is the first return of the opera to the Royal Opera stage in nearly 20 years and welcomes back the incomparable Deborah Warner, who has made a career staging Britten.

Alessia Naccarato
Mahler's Resurrection Symphony: so hopeful it'll make you cry

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony: so hopeful it'll make you cry

So confident was I that I almost took it for granted; so, when Mahler's music began, it was as though it dragged me by the nape of my neck through an emotional rollercoaster I didn't know I needed.

Jenna Simeonov
The rapture and troubles of Egyptian Helena

The rapture and troubles of Egyptian Helena

The plot is rather fantastical even compared to some of Strauss' prior works, to the point that I would almost be tempted to call it hallucinogenic: Helen and Menelaus find themselves washed up on an island where a sorceress enchants Menelaus to fall in love with Helen all over again.

Arturo Fernandez

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