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An Art Form That Just Keeps Evolving

George Heymont | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I'm often amused by the random juxtaposition of shows I attend from one night to the next. One could hardly position two American musicals that differ quite as much in their performance history, style, and appeal than the two I saw in back-to-back performances a few months ago.

"Show Boat" - Jerome Kern's Masterpiece at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's an opera - where the ideal performer with the optimal voice is a capital match for the intentions of the composer and his lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II.

Seattle Opera's The Consul

Ivan Katz | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Ivan Katz

The Consul is a relentlessly dark opera, filled with gloom and ambiguity. It is a slander in three acts on bureaucrats everywhere. I was frankly surprised that the opening night performance was not picketed by Functionaires sans Frontiers (Bureaucrats Without Borders).

First Nighter: Britten's "Midsummer Night's Dream" Dreamy at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Looking over the relatively lighter crowd coursing into the first revival of Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Metropolitan Opera Hous...