Someone forgot to tell Central City Opera that it would be difficult to fit Puccini’s (usually) architecturally large Tosca on their small stage.
Month: July 2016
Die Walk¸re, Baden-Baden
A cast worthy of Bayreuth made for an unforgettable Wagnerian experience at
the Sommer Festspiele in Baden-Baden.
Des Moines’ Elusive Manon
Loving attention to the highest quality was everywhere evident in Des Moines Metro Opera’s Manon.
Falstaff in Iowa: A Big Fat Hit
Des Moines Metro Opera had (almost) all the laughs in the right places, and certainly had all the right singers in these meaty roles to make for an enjoyable outing with Verdi’s masterpiece
Die Fledermaus, Opera Holland Park
With the thermometers reaching boiling point, there’s no doubt that summer has finally arrived in London. But, the sun seems to have been shining over the large marquee in Holland Park all summer.
Nice, July 14, and then . . .
J.S. Bach’s cerebral Art of the Fugue in Aix, Verdi’s massive Requiem in Orange, Ibn al-Muqaffa’ ‘s fable of the camel, jackal, wolf and crow, Sophocles’ blind Oedipus Rex and the Bible’s triumphant Psalm No. 150 in Aix.
Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance
The champagne corks popped at the close of this year’s Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance at the Royal Opera House, with Prince Orlofsky’s celebratory toast forming a fitting conclusion to some superb singing.
Prom 2: Boris Godunov, ROH
Bryn Terfel is making a habit of performing Russian patriarchs at the Proms.
Des Moines’ Gluck Sets the Standard
What happens when just everything about an operatic performance goes joyously right?
Des Moines: Jewels in Perfect Settings
Two years ago, the well-established Des Moines Metro Opera experimented with a 2nd Stages program, with performances programmed outside of their home stage at Simpson College.