Nabucco, Royal Opera House, London

“Gli arredi festivi gi˘ cadano infranti, Il popol di Giuda di lutto s’ammanti!”. Verdi’s Nabucco at the Royal Opera House respected the spirit of the opera.

Flying Dutchman at LA Opera

The Los Angeles Opera company opened its spring season in celebration of Richard Wagner’s bicentennial with the composer’s The Flying Dutchman, written in 1843.

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) has been performed in Houston and Paris.

I Lombardi, UC Opera London

Don’t miss UC Opera’s I Lombardi at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Francesca da Rimini at the Met

Sets and costumes are gorgeous and the singing is good, but the libretto’s slow and continuously interrupted dramatic action grows tiresome

Gˆtterd‰mmerung at the Staatsoper Berlin

In the final of scene of Gˆtterd‰mmerung in a new production at the Staatsoper Berlin, Br¸nnhilde appears in a flowing pink gown just as the music has modulated and penetrates…

Robert Carsen’s Falstaff, Paris

With Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff almost inescapably making the rounds of the world’s operatic stages, it is well worth it to take in another production altogether.

Cenerentola at Paris OpÈra

Rossini’s “other” comic masterpiece of 1817 came into the world only a few weeks after the much better known The Barber of Seville. But it has had a place in…

Wagner’s Die Meistersinger in Chicago

Productions of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von N¸rnberg are ambitious undertakings, if only for the number of performers involved and the duration of orchestral and vocal commitment.

The Verdi Requiem in Naples

San Francisco and Naples have much in common these days — streets with potholes, ever more gourmet pizzerias, homeless, etc., and, yes, Nicola Luisotti.