Akhnaten Offers L A Operagoers Both Ear and Eye Candy

Akhnaten is the third in composer Philip Glass’s trilogy of operas about people who have made important contributions to society: Albert Einstein in science, Mahatma Gandhi in politics, and Akhnaten…

Shakespeare in the Late Baroque – Bampton Classical Opera

Shakespeare re-imagined for the very Late Baroque, with Bampton Classical Opera at St John’s Smith Square. “Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare….the God of Our Idolatory”. So wrote David Garrick in his Ode…

Soldier Songs in San Diego

David Little composed his one-man opera, Soldier Songs, ten years ago and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas of New Haven, Connecticut, premiered it in 2011. At San Diego…

Barber of Seville [Hollywood Style] in Los Angeles

On Saturday evening November 12, 2016, Pacific Opera Project presented Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville in an updated version that placed the action in Hollywood. It was…

Madama Butterfly in San Francisco

A Butterfly for the ages in a Butterfly marred by casting ineptness and lugubrious conducting.

Kiss Me, Kate: Welsh National Opera at the Birmingham Hippodrome

In 1964, 400 years after the birth of the Bard, the writer Anthony Burgess saw Cole Porter’s musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, a romping variation on The Taming of the…

Beat Furrer FAMA – Hˆrtheater reaches London

Beat Furrer’s FAMA came to London at last, with the London Sinfonietta. The piece was hailed as “a miracle” at its premiere at Donaueschingen in 2005 by Die Zeit: State…

Franz Schreker : Die Gezeichneten (Les StigmatizÈs). Lyon

Franz Schreker Die Gezeichneten from the OpÈra de Lyon last year, now on arte.tv and Opera Platform. The translation, “The stigmatized”, doesn’t convey the impact of the original title, which…

The Anatomy of Melancholy

Semper Dowland, semper dolens (Always Dowland, always doleful) was the title chosen by John Dowland’s for one of his consort pieces and the motto that he took for himself. Twice…

Aida in San Francisco

An exquisite pit, a Busby Berkeley stage, ingenue performers. Populist opera in San Francisco — in November eleven performances of Aida (alternating with ten of Madama Butterfly).