The Marriage of Figaro, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Song for the shoppers

Lyric Opera tackles tragic ‘Norma’

A Quiet Place, New York City Opera, New York

Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, Preludes and Overtures

A great vintage Mercury album of Antal Dorati conducting Wagner overtures and preludes featured as a cover a close-up of a medieval chalice, undoubtedly meant to reference the Parsifal excerpt on the enclosed disc.

New York Festival of Song

“Don’t I have the coolest job in the world?” said Steven Blier.

The Met’s Boris Godunov: RenÈ Pape sizzles, Mussorgsky’s scoring fizzles

Kafka at the Opera: Bartlett Sher’s Production of Hoffmann at the Met

We all come to the opera for different things. To escape, to elevate, to laugh, to cry, or perhaps because someone else bought the tickets.

Ladies first: Muhly’s “Dark Sisters” precedes “Two Boys” as US opera debut

Piotr Beczala: RomÈo et Juliette, Royal Opera

Charles Gounod’s RomÈo et Juliette is almost more musical than opera. Everyone knows the story, and it would be hard to compete with Shakespeare. Gounod wisely focused on music, rather than drama.