Ten Years of Celebrating Song: Oxford Lieder Festival 2011

In just ten years, the Oxford Lieder Festival has become Britain’s most important Lieder festival, with an international following.

CosÏ fan tutte, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Opera Company’s charmingly understated new production
of CosÏ fan tutte will please your eyes and delight your ears, but its story might grieve your romantic soul.

Carmen, Philadelphia

There are two ways to sing the role of Carmen: as a “grand opera” heroine and as a character from opÈra-comique.

English National Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro – video


Menotti in German

As long as one keeps in mind that historical value is not the same as aesthetic quality, this DVD of early 1960’s live German TV performances of two short Gian Carlo Menotti operas makes for fascinating viewing.

Wes Blomster 1929-2011

It is with great sadness to report that Wes Blomster has passed on.

The Inaugural Cambridge Handel Festival: a rosy dawn?

The haughty beauties that are the ancient colleges of Cambridge were definitely feeling the heat this past weekend, and not even the cooling streams of the Cam and its tributaries could assuage the heat of an Indian summer in the Fens of Eastern England.

Controversy over Duluth Festival Opera’s “Pocahontas” overflows to tears and curses in Burnsville


Eugene Onegin, Los Angeles

Kudos to the Los Angeles Opera Company for expanding its heretofore limited
Russian repertoire and opening its 26th season with Tchaikovsky’s
Eugene Onegin. The romantic work based on the novel in verse of the
same name by Alexander Pushkin, is likely everyone’s favorite
Tchaikovsky opera.