Opera Review

It’s Tales of Hoffmann meets Edgar Allan Poe starring a strapping Swedish spinto tenor, a charismatic American lyric mezzo-soprano, a versatile, wide-ranging Romanian lyric soprano who can sing almost anything from coloratura soprano to lyric soprano to spinto soprano, a virile Italian bass-baritone, and a charming German light tenor. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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After five months of being on hiatus in my online reviewing, I am officially back. What better way to herald my return to vlog-style opera reviewing than with my review of the Met’s radio stream of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele starring the virile Christian van Horn, the charming Michael Fabiano, the mighty Angela Meade, and the fine Jennifer Check. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Ah, La Grande Madama Diana Damrau. Fresh from her role debut as Maria Stuarda in Zürich, she brought this iconic queen to Berlin accompanied by some equally wonderful singing actors. I know I should have mentioned this in the review, but I’ll say it anyway. I am anticipating the day she adds Anna Bolena and especially the Roberto Devereux Elisabetta I, as she will definitely knock these roles right out of the park. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.  

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Three years ago, I caught this production of this rare Puccini opera by the famous tenor, Rolando Villazon, which had such amazing performers like Aurelia Florian as Magda de Civry, Joseph Calleja as Ruggero Lastouc, Alexandra Hutton as Lisette, and Alvaro Zambrano as Prunier. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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