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Bright, frothy fun in BOC L'elisir d'amore

Bright, frothy fun in BOC L'elisir d'amore

Unmemorable tunes, a certain lack of dramatic forethought, and far too prolific for his own good, I can really only enjoy Donizetti in small bursts.

Arturo Fernandez
Quinn Kelsey's Macbeth: a haunted, manipulated husk of a man

Quinn Kelsey's Macbeth: a haunted, manipulated husk of a man

To say the singing was excellent is an understatement. The line was solid through the whole range and completely unfazed by whatever physicality Kelsey took on. He managed the dramatic journey with great finesse as well. Macbeth, although a noble, and later a King - he's somewhat content to be in his position.

Greg Finney
Roland Wood delivers terribly good Scarpia in COC's Tosca

Roland Wood delivers terribly good Scarpia in COC's Tosca

Your skin crawled when he spoke to Tosca. You wanted to cheer when his carcass hit the floor in his office. Yet, besides all of this, it has to be well-sung. Wood's handling of the Baron's music was excellent. His tone evenly matched throughout his range, and a fantastic use of his dynamic colour palette to really dig into the darkness of Scarpia.

Greg Finney
Soula Parassidis shines in Iphigénie en Tauride

Soula Parassidis shines in Iphigénie en Tauride

Parassidis gave what is perhaps one of the most electrifying performances I have ever seen at the opera house, and considering the amount of opera I have seen that is no small feat.

Arturo Fernandez
Baritone Stéphane Degout triumphs in the Park Avenue Armory's Board Of Officers Room

Baritone Stéphane Degout triumphs in the Park Avenue Armory's Board Of Officers Room

Puccini considered Suor Angelica his favorite work; it was also his most personal, inspired by his sister who was an actual nun. The music is all pleasingly lyrical but it's all a slow set-up for the eventual entrance of La Zia Principessa (as mentioned, portrayed here by the highly talented Ms. Lewis.)

John Hohmann
Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica: professional Puccini at Juilliard

Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica: professional Puccini at Juilliard

Puccini considered Suor Angelica his favorite work; it was also his most personal, inspired by his sister who was an actual nun. The music is all pleasingly lyrical but it's all a slow set-up for the eventual entrance of La Zia Principessa (as mentioned, portrayed here by the highly talented Ms. Lewis.)

Loren Lester
Heartbeat Opera: Dial Lady M for Murder

Heartbeat Opera: Dial Lady M for Murder

Even if you are producing the original Verdi version of Macbeth, you better have a great 'Lady M.' Here with the story focusing on that character, the singer must be equally unimpeachable. Enter Ms. Algozzini, a diminutive Italian soprano who blasts us backwards with her extraordinary vocal cannon.

Loren Lester
NYOANext!: The sound of (opera) music in the Bronx

NYOANext!: The sound of (opera) music in the Bronx

Seven opera companies from NYOA's fifty company membership, performed arias and duets from familiar operas and from some upcoming productions which are part of the NYOANext! Festival.

Loren Lester
Tosca at Heartbeat Opera: art to the point of distraction

Tosca at Heartbeat Opera: art to the point of distraction

Shadi G can only get to her concept by imposing an element which proves to be downright distracting. She has added to the cast two non-singing members of "the secret police" who are ominously watching the proceedings and who even try, on several occasions, to arrest members of the cast.

Loren Lester
The Elton John Act VII: Don't stop playing & never look back! The dreaded sight-reading

The Elton John Act VII: Don't stop playing & never look back! The dreaded sight-reading

The good news is that sight-reading can be worked upon and improved, though sadly too many people get bogged down in thorny nests of notes, and are unable to clear them away in order to find the music that lies beyond.

David Todd

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