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Opera Review

Dead Man Walking at Madison Opera

David Browning | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts
David Browning

Visually, the show was stark and beautiful. Harry Frehner's sets and Marcus Dilliard's lighting effectively suggested the actual settings while also reminding one of the constant prison theme.

Met Opera: Olga Peretyatko Shines in Bellini's "I Puritani"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera returned its vintage production of Bellini's I Puritani to the stage last night and the fast-rising Russian soprano Olga Perety...

Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman' Review: Why This Opera Is Like A Chevy ImpalaWhy This Opera Is Like A Chevy Impala

David Kiley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
David Kiley

How is an opera like the Chevy Impala? In both cases, the Michigan Opera Theater and Chevy can do everything right, offer their customers a wonderful product. And, still, people do not come to buy.

Met Opera: Levine Returns in Triumph in "Cosi Fan Tutte"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The most thrilling moment in an evening full of thrills at the Metropolitan Opera's first performance of Cosi Fan Tutte last night came before a single note was played.

Siegfried in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

Certain sensations are deemed irrational. One of them is wanting to hear a performance of Siegfried all over again. Irrational to be sure, but in the case of its recent performance, at the Seattle Opera, very real.

'La Traviata' 160 Years Later

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Met Opera returned its minimalist and modernistic production of La Traviata to the stage Thursday night with a thrilling Diana Damrau singing Viol...

A Doomed Love Straight From Hell

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Francesca da Rimini returned to the Met Opera stage Monday night after nearly 30 years in limbo, and if ever an opera seemed made for the movies, Ricc...

MET OPERA: A 'Rigoletto' In Las Vegas

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If the fleshpots of Las Vegas remind you of the ducal palace in Mantua, or vice versa, then the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rigoletto was m...

Marco Vratogna Is Sensational as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.

Carnegia Hall Triumph

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 07.25.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — Someone forgot to tell Nina Stemme that the opera season here is supposed to be over. Thank goodness! The Swedish soprano brought a ...

Review: Così Fan Tutte at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 11.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

The current L.A. Opera production of Così Fan Tutte, Mozart's exquisitely problematic farce, is a special joy, and should be added it to the opera lover's not-to-be-missed list for the fall season.