Latest Operas Stories
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.
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.
By Sue Gyford THEY raised eyebrows when they opened up the doors of their church to take confessions from non-Catholic festival revellers.
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.
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...
- Emitting flashes of light; glittering.