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Concert-Theater Review: ‘L’Amfiparnaso,’ a Madrigal Comedy from 1594 by Orazio Vecchi Performed by The Western Wind

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Voices simulate the ringing of bells and the knocking-on of doors as effectively as they convey the desperation of foiled lovers, the comic scheming of the servant class, and the self-satisfied prancing of the smug. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): Handel’s ‘Semele’ Directed by Zhang Huan at BAM

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Some critics disdained this production when it settled in Canada in 2012. But while in some respects it may confound, it feels honest, both musically and theatrically. Plus: Sumo wrestlers! Read More »

Win Soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s New Paris-Inspired CD ‘Paris, Mon Amour’

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The brilliant lyric soprano's new CD highlights music by French composers of the Belle Époque along with Verdi and Puccini. Enter to win a copy from Blogcritics! Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Slow Dusk’ and ‘Markheim’ by Carlisle Floyd (the little OPERA theatre of ny)

Jeremy Milner and Scott Six in 'Markheim' (little OPERA theatre of ny). Photo by Tina Buckman

This spicy little production of two one-act operas provides a mini-survey of the the 'Susannah' composer's talents as he progressed from a gifted youngster to a mature artist with a sensibility very much his own. Read More »

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 »