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Opera Review: ‘Glory Denied’ by Tom Cipullo at the Chelsea Opera (NYC)

Glory Denied Chelsea Opera Tom Cipullo

The story of Jim Thompson, the Vietnam War soldier whose nine-year captivity made him the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, perhaps in retrospect seemed tailor-made for opera. New York City’s Chelsea Opera has now mounted Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied for the second time. It’s a fine work that deserves further exposure. As Jim’s ordeal dragged on, his wife Alyce ... Read More »

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

Jane Archibald Canadian Opera Company Semele Handel BAM

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’

Sonya Yoncheva Paris Mon Amour

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 »

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


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 »

Music Review: Mario Lanza – ‘The Toast of Hollywood’


This two-disc set from Sony reissues some of the best of the late, great tenor. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC Fringe): ‘Truth’


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 »

Music Review: Lou Caimano and Eric Olsen – ‘Dyad Plays Puccini’

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Dyad's disc of jazz reinterpretations of Giacomo Puccini's classic melodies is a winner. Read More »