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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 »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘You, My Mother’ at La Mama

Photo by Prudence Katze

This remarkable show will not appeal to everyone, but anyone with an adventuresome spirit should go. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): Opera Manhattan’s ‘Women on the Verge’

Short operatic works showcase beautiful singing amid the nightmares of Valentine's Day. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Miranda’


Drawing on rock, tango, movie-thriller music, Baroque opera, hip-hop, and more, the score of this "steampunk murder mystery" is consistently engaging and exciting. Read More »

Opera Review (LA): Moscow, Cherry Town by Shostakovich at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica

Rarely performed Shostakovich operetta, Moscow, Cherry Town performed by the Long Beach Opera. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Séance on a Wet Afternoon’ by Stephen Schwartz

Photo by David Bazemore

Based on a 1964 film, the tense new opera by the creator of 'Wicked' and 'Godspell' triumphs at New York City Opera. Read More »