Let’s get this double bill Verismo opera review marathon on the row. First, let us see how this gorgeous dramatic mezzo will rise up to the challenge to take on the tragic, anguished young will-to-be mother, Santuzza, backed up by a great cavalcade of singing superstars. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well. Roberto Alagna and George Gagnidze strike again and this time they are joined by a young lyric soprano, Danielle Pastin, who sang the role of Nedda, after taking over an indisposed Aleksandra Kurzak. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This was yet another historical piece of work from Meyerbeer to add to my accomplishments of operas I have been longing to review for the longest time. The question remains, how well does this illustrious cast headed by Gregory Kunde, Clementine Margaine, Elena Tsallagova, Derek Welton, Noel Bouley, Andrew Dickinson, and Seth Carico stack up? Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Ah, Kabale und Liebe, known in English as Intrigue and Love, by Friedrich von Schiller. When this piece of German theater is put into opera by one of Italy’s most influential composers of the mid-19th century, then high-caliber singing is to be expected to serve the drama well, especially when there is a solid cast consisting of Marina Rebeka, Ivan Magrì, George Petean, Marko Mimica, Ante Jerkunica, and Judit Kutasi. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Now, meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren, to further celebrate the arrival of 2018, we have a very famous operetta starring two exciting couples played by Madame Susan Graham as Hanna Glawari, Herr Paul Groves as Danilo, Mademoiselle Andriana Chuchman as Valencienne, and Herr Taylor Stayton as Camille. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
We’re ringing in the new year with two pairs of lovers, a musician, and a philosopher, who in turn are the main characters of this über-popular Puccini opera. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Ah, La Grande Madame Anna-Kristiina Kaappola. Once upon a time, she was one of the most famous Queens of the Night not only throughout Europe but the world. Nowadays that she bade farewell to the coloratura soprano repertoire, the question remains, how well does she fare in the lyric soprano role of the First Lady to the Queen of the Night? Enjoy, find out in this review, and let me know your opinions as well.
This was an evening of fabulous singing accomplished by a gorgeous lyric soprano, a fine young lyric tenor with a bright future ahead of him, and a veteran lyric-dramatic baritone whose tall and exciting presence left me with chills down my spine in the most positive way ever. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Last night’s performance of Die Zauberflöte, or in Finnish Taikahuilu, was greeted by a veritable constellation of the finest singing actors the Finnish National Opera had to offer. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
It is the night before I leave for Helsinki for my Christmas and New Year’s break. So, what better way to greet my holiday than with a soprano I read a lot about online, yet have not seen nor heard her live, the fine, young lirico-spinto soprano, Signorina Elena Guseva. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This holiday season let Tara Erraught’s rambunctiously lovable Hansel and Lisette Oropesa’s daintily sparky Gretel take you on a journey from their cottage all the way to the woods and then to the iconic Gingerbread House. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.