Reviews

Everything For Dawn: EiO premieres new opera-serial on WNET Group’s All Arts streaming service

Everything For Dawn: EiO premieres new opera-serial on WNET Group’s All Arts streaming service

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John Hohmann
A confused concept: Pearl Fishers in Vancouver

A confused concept: Pearl Fishers in Vancouver

The projections describe how the librettists and composer themselves had never visited "Ceylon" (currently Sri Lanka) nor knew about the culture, and were writing from a place of ignorance. Then the curtain rises on the chorus, sets, costumes, and the opening in the tropical setting full of palm trees.

Melissa Ratcliff
“Electric and exciting”: Edmonton Opera launches 2022-23 season with Puccini’s Tosca

“Electric and exciting”: Edmonton Opera launches 2022-23 season with Puccini’s Tosca

On October 22, Edmonton Opera launched what it describes as an “electric and exciting” 2022-23 season with one of Giacomo Puccini’s well-known dramas: Tosca.

Oliver Munar
Show stealers in Enigma Chamber Opera's Prodigal Son

Show stealers in Enigma Chamber Opera's Prodigal Son

The attention to detail in the characterizations extended to everyone else afterwards, as well. Matthew DiBattista brought a certain hesitancy to the Younger Son that made him endearing, even when he sang more confidently.

Arturo Fernandez
Sproule sings a rich, effortless Carmen in Victoria

Sproule sings a rich, effortless Carmen in Victoria

Pacific Opera Victoria’s season opener for 2022 is Carmen, taking a traditional look at a very traditional opera, but with a few excellent updates.

Melissa Ratcliff
Carmen doesn't quite commit at Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Carmen doesn't quite commit at Lyric Opera of Kansas City

I wasn't sure where Jackson's interpretation lands on the scale of "bad girl", which was the main tag the company used in advertisements. On one hand, there was an impressively choreographed fight in the beginning between Carmen and another factory girl, where we saw Carmen's aggression.

Jane Richardson
La bohème reliable as ever, even in reverse

La bohème reliable as ever, even in reverse

It is surprising how little effectiveness Puccini's score loses when performed in reverse order, and the score still lands each emotional beat even when the context feels radically different.

Arturo Fernandez
Cosmic Cowboy a strong premiere, despite a cursed opening night

Cosmic Cowboy a strong premiere, despite a cursed opening night

The score's harmonic language is relatively simple, but it is also quite full of little treasures like this, and I found myself enamoured by it by the end.

Arturo Fernandez
Michael Spyres at the Park Avenue Armory: big voice in an intimate room

Michael Spyres at the Park Avenue Armory: big voice in an intimate room

Spyres was at home, in his element and began the downsizing process to serenade us with exquisite high notes that seemed to come out of nowhere only to blossom as the poet found his with love and the universe.

John Hohmann
A queer-friendly Figaro out of Manitoba Underground Opera

A queer-friendly Figaro out of Manitoba Underground Opera

As a singer transitioning out of a performing role and into the role of an audience member, board member, and now reviewer, it is surreal to watch this company grow as a spectator on the outside.

Andrea Lett

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