Latest Operas Stories
By George Loomis What a pleasure it would be to encounter a great production of "Don Giovanni" at the Salzburg Festival again, but a jinx seems to dog the venerable event's recent treatment of Mozart's core operas, this one in particular.
By Erica Hansen Deseret News "PIRATED!" Rodgers Memorial Theatre, through Sept. 6, (801-298- 1302); running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (one intermission) Romp: n. A high-spirited, carefree and boisterous play.
ARCADIA - The music of Bernstein's most popular works, "Candide" and "West Side Story," will be featured at the California Philharmonic's "Beethoven, Bernstein and Bolero," which takes place at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the The Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave.
By Kenneth Walton WHEN Scottish Opera performed Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny back in the 1980s, director David Alden placed the opening scene in Margaret Thatcher's 10 Downing Street kitchen.
By Chitra Ramaswamy Jane Irwin and Kate Valentine tell Chitra Ramaswamy why playing The Two Widows in Scottish Opera's new show fills their hearts with joy THERE can't be many who have sung the leads in Czech composer Bedrich Smetana's The Two Widows who have a relationship as significant as soprano Kate Valentine and mezzo Jane Irwin.
By Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News Aug. 3--SANTA FE, N.M.--No soap opera could outdo the plot of Handel's Radamisto. Radamisto, prince of Thrace, and his wife, Zenobia, are lovingly devoted to one another.
By Donna Doherty, New Haven Register, Conn. Aug.
By Tanner, Michael La Gioconda; Pulcinella; Iolants Opera Holland Park On a hot fine evening in London there can't be anywhere more delightful for an opera-lover than Opera Holland Park, which is now so comfortable, and has such high standards of performance, that to see a rarely performed work there is in all respects at least as enjoyable as it would be anywhere.
By Anna Picard It was an afterthought for Tchaikovsky, but his 'Iolanta' has been reworked as a gripping sexual psychodrama Classical Iolanta Opera Holland Park LONDON La Gioconda Opera Holland Park LONDON BBC Proms (1,6 &14) Royal Albert Hall/ Cadogan Hall LONDON Commissioned as a companion piece to The Nutcracker and saddled with a lopsided libretto, Tchaikovsky's Iolanta was premiered in the same year as Maeterlinck's Pelleas et Melisande.
By KEITH POWERS Opera preview It's maybe the one place in the world where it's safe to smoke a cigarette. Make-believe cigarettes, that is. We're talking about Bizet's popular opera "Carmen," with its sexy, supercharged plot, set in a cigarette factory.
- A woman chauffeur.
- A woman who operates an automobile.