“World-class” is an encomium often used indiscriminately by promoters and publicists but in light of Glimmerglass Festival’s triumphant Der Fliegende Holl‰nder the press office has my full encouragement to use the phrase loud and often.
A massive antique Roman theater where stadium opera is always grand opera and often good opera as well.
Conductor Leo Hussein, like many of the artists in the production, was making his debut. His take on the story was immediately ascertainable when he played parts of the overture with an earthy tone. This was Violetta’s world, where otherwise refined men wined, dined, and cavorted with the most expensive Parisian courtesans.
With celebrations of the Verdi Bicentennial in full swing, there have been
many grumblings about the precarious state of Verdi singing in the world’s
major opera houses today.
The Song of Hiawatha, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at Gloucester Cathedral, highlight of this year’s Three Choirs Festival.
In the thirty-five years immediately following its American premiËre at the Metropolitan Opera in 1914, Italo Montemezzi’s ‘Tragic Poem in Three Acts’ L’amore dei tre re was performed in New York on sixty-six occasions.†
Few operas inspire the kind of competing affection and controversy that have surrounded Mozart’s CosÏ fan tutte almost since its first performance in Vienna in 1790.†
The double-bill program of sacred vocal works uses choreography, sets and costumes to heighten the drama within the music