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Of The Sea: a beautiful, overdue story that lingers

Of The Sea: a beautiful, overdue story that lingers

There are some shows that never leave you whether performing in them or experiencing them. Of The Sea is one of those. Not just musically and visually. This piece made an impact.

Greg Finney
The Elton John Act

The Elton John Act

You won't be bashing out the chords of "Bennie and The Jets" while singing along to your heart's content. Your task will be to play some of the most difficult ensemble moments in the entire opera repertoire, singing every part and every ensemble.

David Todd
Bluebeard’s music shines, with Alma’s highlights

Bluebeard’s music shines, with Alma’s highlights

The last of the four songs is actually quite dark in a way that fits the quizzically gothic ending of Bluebeard's Castle pretty perfectly, so it ended up forming an arc that actually did somehow add to one of opera's most perfect endings.

Arturo Fernandez
A Triumph for Tosca at the Adrienne Arsht Center

A Triumph for Tosca at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Toni Marie Palmertree, who portrayed Floria Tosca, delivered a truly remarkable performance. Her voice was powerful, clear, and expressive, capturing the complex emotions of the character with ease. Palmertree's acting was equally impressive, embodying Tosca's fiery temperament and vulnerabilities masterfully.

Samuel Loetscher
Il trittico: slices of Puccini

Il trittico: slices of Puccini

To this reviewer, Il Tabarro most certainly sounds like a Puccini opera – right from the opening chords which become a recurring motif – and there are several stand-alone solos that aren’t as famous as those from his other operas, but in the hands (or throat) of the right performer they can stop the show.

Loren Lester
Expect the Spanish Inquisition at Heroic Opera's Don Carlo

Expect the Spanish Inquisition at Heroic Opera's Don Carlo

"The characters are flawed, but some take those flaws and make their world better, and others use it to the detriment of others. Power doesn't have to be evil, but the intersection of power, greed, and relentless injustice is terrifying."

Melissa Ratcliff Jenna Simeonov
A Midsummer’s Night in Mid-winter Vancouver

A Midsummer’s Night in Mid-winter Vancouver

An absolute show-stealer, and it was obvious the performers were having as much fun with the scene as the audience was.

Melissa Ratcliff
Fantasy is for The Birds

Fantasy is for The Birds

De Sévigné’s performance was ethereal and lovely. With a fuller, more mature sound that has maintained all of its agility and height, she soared effortlessly in lengthy, dazzling coloratura over ensembles, duets, and choruses with incredible skill.

Melissa Ratcliff
David Lang: high art in lowercase

David Lang: high art in lowercase

"When I started giving my pieces silly titles and putting them all in lowercase, it took the pressure off me to be a genius, and then I could concentrate on just writing my music."

Loren Lester
SongStudio: Lied-ing the way

SongStudio: Lied-ing the way

If opera can be seen as a circle struggling to widen the circumference of its audience, concerts consisting of song alone are a much smaller and much more esoteric circle. Ms. Fleming is trying to change that and is currently devoting her life to ensuring that there will be at least one more generation of song artists.

Loren Lester

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