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Theater Review (Off Broadway): ‘The Velvet Oratorio’ by Edward Einhorn & Henry Akona

(L to R): Anna Marie Sell and Andrea Gallo in The Velvet Oratorio. Photo by the production team.

'The Velvet Oratorio' is a celebration of The Velvet Revolution that took place in Czechoslovakia brought to the world stage by Vaclav Havel, the Civic Forum, students and the Czech people. It is enjoyable and humorous reminder of Havel's playful wit incorporating the complex and haunting music of a time of revolution, hope and lasting change. There is nothing more revelatory for us at this time to inspire us. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): Aaron Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ at the Chelsea Opera

Leonarda Priore (Ma Moss) in Chelsea Opera's 'The Tender Land' by Aaron Copland, Photo Credit: Robert J. Saferstein

Copland Dust Bowl "folk opera" still feels fresh and interesting on its 60th anniversary in this impressive production from Chelsea Opera. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Werther’ Live in HD

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The Metropolitan Opera has yet again staged this piece, the latest in its series of Live in HD broadcasts of operas to theaters the world over. Read More »

The Inverse Opera Takes on Handel’s ‘Messiah’

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Seattle guerrilla theatre group takes on opera, cabaret, and now the most famous oratorio in the canon. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC Fringe): ‘Truth’

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A short new opera about abolitionist Sojourner Truth features fine voices and appealing music. Read More »

Opera Review: (Bard College, NY): ‘Oresteia’ by Sergey Taneyev

Orestes Pursued by the Furies by John Singer Sargent, 1921.

Despite inadequate staging and a too-small stage, this premiere American production of Tanayev's late 19th-century masterwork was a revelation. Read More »

Opera Review (LA): The Flying Dutchman at LA Opera

A last-minute cast switch added suspense to Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production, which raised questions of its own. Read More »

Opera Review (Singapore): Another Murder on the Orient Express by Bellepoque

This pastiche-operetta (Offenbach, Bizet, G&S) provided intimate, entertaining "comfort theatre" during the monsoon season. Read More »

Opera Review (LA): Don Giovanni at the L.A. Opera

The cast is quite strong in this up-close version of Mozart's opera. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Travelers: “The Wandering Scholar” and “Savitri”‘ by Gustav Holst

Michael Scarcelle, left, Rufus Müller, and Heather Johnson in "Savitri," presented with "The Wandering Scholar" at 59E59 Theaters.  Photo by Tina Buckman

A trickster theme and Holst's tricky music unite these two mini-operas, whose moods couldn't be more different. Read More »