Latest Operas Stories
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.
By John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune Jul. 31--The catchy tunes and high tragedy of "Carmen" have made Georges Bizet's final stage work one of the most popular operas of all time.
By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--In one respect, Undercroft Opera is the boldest company in Pittsburgh. It presents great operas using volunteer singers and instrumentalists. Whatever the level of talent and training, none earns his living as a performer.
By Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 30--SANTA FE, N.M. -- One of those only-in-Santa Fe vistas greeted the audience for Monday's performance of The Marriage of Figaro.
By John Farrell "If you have got gum in your mouth you have to get rid of it! No gum, especially if you are a dog or a cat!" Guaranteed, you'll never hear that on a rehearsal stage at the Metropolitan Opera.
By Anna Picard Grimm's fairytale lacks psychological fibre but there is some rather tasty singing and the London Philharmonic plays sweetly Classical Hansel und Gretel Glyndebourne EAST SUSSEX Street Scene The Young Vic LONDON Twice sanitised by the Brothers Grimm, the bloody tale of Hnsel und Gretel was wrapped in musical tinsel by Wagner's lapdog, Engelbert Humperdinck.
By George Loomis The Maryinsky Opera Company will supply the bulk of the opera offerings at the Edinburgh International Festival next month, the company's first engagement in Britain since Wagner's "Ring" cycle in Wales two years ago.
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