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2008-07-31 06:00:32

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. But did you know the French composer wrote seven other operas before his death at 36? Lyric Opera is staging one of those other operas, "The Pearl Fishers," this fall. But the prize for musical enterprise goes to the folks at the Chicago Cultural Center, who, beginning Sunday afternoon, are delving into the dusty...

2008-07-31 03:00:25

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. Undercroft Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme" in performances Friday through Sunday at Bethel Park High School and Aug. 8 through 10 at Synod Hall in Oakland. Woody Brown is the conductor and Sally Denmead...

2008-07-30 15:00:00

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. Behind row upon row of faux flowers on the stage of the Crosby Theatre, the open upstage gave a view of real purple mountains and streaks of clouds in a yellowish sunset. The best set painter couldn't have matched the magic. Santa Fe Opera's new production of Mozart's evergreen is certainly lively and...

2008-07-29 03:01:05

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. On the other hand, on the rehearsal stage of the Long Beach Opera Camp, that kind of instruction is pretty much par for the course as stage director SuzAnne Bradaric and her staff wrangle the 30 or so fourth- and fifth-grade students who comprise the cast and chorus of "Brundibar."...

2008-07-27 00:00:29

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. As delicately scored as a Mendelssohn symphony, and as sentimental as a fairytale's apple-cheeked granny in its...

2008-07-24 06:00:38

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. Three presentations are planned, of which Karol Szymanowski's "King Roger," the newest addition to the Maryinsky repertoire and a work long championed by a cult of admirers, will likely draw the greatest interest. It will be seen in a production shared with...

2008-07-22 15:00:45

By D.S. Crafts For the Journal It was the toughest ticket in London. Scalpers were charging ludicrously inflated prices. And if one could get in, the theater was so crowded that pushing and shoving led to several injuries. The Beatles? Rolling Stones? Sex Pistols? Pet Shop Boys? The year was 1720, and it was Handel's opera "Radamisto" that was the talk of the social season. A German composer, residing in England, writing Italian opera for the most sophisticated audience in Europe. What...

2008-07-22 15:00:45

By Sue Gyford THEY raised eyebrows when they opened up the doors of their church to take confessions from non-Catholic festival revellers. Now the priests at St Patrick's in the Cowgate are set to court controversy again - by staging a play which features the severed head of John the Baptist presented on a platter. Those behind the production of Oscar Wilde's Salome insist it will all be done in the best possible taste. The church's Father Michael Henesy said it followed the success...

2008-07-22 03:00:00

By Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--The only thing more outstanding than the ungainly nose on the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac is the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's impressive production itself. The festival's final offering this summer, Edmund Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, is gorgeous in many ways: its melodic translation by Anthony Burgess, the one used on Broadway last season in a production with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner; an inspired portrait of...

2008-07-21 12:00:51

By RHODA KOENIG Theatre STREET SCENE Young Vic LONDON **** Kurt Weill called Street Scene "a Broadway opera", but there aren't too many operas with a wild jitterbug that segues into a slutty blues or a children's chorus who chant, "My father's name is Rockefeller./He shovels diamonds in the cellar." Into his 1947 musical version of Elmer Rice's 1929 play, Weill emptied a cornucopia of influences - Wagner, Puccini, folk song, jazz, operetta, and his predecessors on the Great White Way...


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