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Patience rewarded in Oper Frankfurt's Tamerlano

Patience rewarded in Oper Frankfurt's Tamerlano

The characters begin as caricatures. Tamerlano (Lawrence Zazzo), a sadistic Southwestern oil baron who's a cross between Yosemite Sam and Daniel Day Lewis's tics in There Will Be Blood, has a grin (and mustache) glued to his face.

Jeremy Hirsch
A Don Giovanni with style in Chicago

A Don Giovanni with style in Chicago

For generations of (male) musicologists, the character Don Giovanni has been something of an egalitarian sex god. These academics propped up their vision of Don-G-as-political-progressive with weak evidence, citing his willingness (compulsion?) to sleep with any woman, even fat, poor, and old ones.

Hannah De Priest
A family-friendly fan favourite: Minnesota Opera's Barber

A family-friendly fan favourite: Minnesota Opera's Barber

Props must be given to Minnesota Opera for scheduling this family-friendly fan favorite, the seats were certainly filled. Hopefully the next generation of opera goers were hooked during this brief run!

Callie Cooper
Grand opera & cloudy politics in Il Postino

Grand opera & cloudy politics in Il Postino

It's a sour and tragic ending for an otherwise delightful love story. Moreover, the political subplot of the opera has a vagueness to it that leaves you wondering what its point of view is.

Molly Simoneau
Fellow Travelers a cathartic, necessary affair

Fellow Travelers a cathartic, necessary affair

As Thomas Mallon said in the TalkBack after the performance, the suffering of LGBT+ people brought on by witch-hunting politicians in the 50s was unspeakable, and it is a place he hopes we never return to.

Arturo Fernandez
Khalil "pristine," Barrett "exquisite" in whimsical production of La bohème

Khalil "pristine," Barrett "exquisite" in whimsical production of La bohème

Calgary-born director Brenna Corner should be celebrated for her vision in making this production so memorable. Her sense of whimsy permeated everything, from the character relationships to the set design, resulting in an experience where one can sit back and let the drama unfold.

Oliver Munar
Talking with singers: Rachel Willis-Sørensen

Talking with singers: Rachel Willis-Sørensen

"I used to think that you can be exactly yourself, but what I have learned is that not everyone deserves to see you that way. Your family and close friends and some trusted colleagues can see you how you are, but it is ok to present more a guarded version of yourself until you find who is trustworthy."

Jenna Simeonov
The evil banality of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Oper Frankfurt

The evil banality of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Oper Frankfurt

Both Kampe and Golovnin are extraordinary in terms of vocal technique and stamina. Neither voice diminished noticeably by the end of what is an enormously challenging sing. But neither voice translates the overwhelming circumstances of the opera into music that matches its stakes. Points for consistency, but where was the drama?

Jeremy Hirsch
Room & Board hosts hilarious triple-bill

Room & Board hosts hilarious triple-bill

And yet, something about the confines of the store were perfect for producing the triple-bill of short operas by Jonathan Bailey Holland that graced Room & Board, courtesy of Boston Opera Collaborative, and it led to a very entertaining, and frequently hilarious, night at the opera.

Arturo Fernandez
A fab kick-off to the FireWorks Festival: Belle Darling Klondike Queen

A fab kick-off to the FireWorks Festival: Belle Darling Klondike Queen

It's not just a historical vaudeville hoot, but it's as different as it could be from the other two on the line-up - the social-media tragedy of Crystal Wood's Grief Circus, and the feminist-Cinderella of If the Shoe Fits.

Jenna Simeonov

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