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ENO Gets Sorely Needed Boost from New Otello

September 18, 2014 | Keith Clarke, MusicalAmerica.com
LONDON--At a time when London audiences tend to giggle at every opportunity–even Euripides’s stark Medea at the National Theater was not immune–it must be that bit more difficult to bring off something as over-the-top as … »Read
 

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Susannah & Norma Open San Francisco Opera Season

September 17, 2014 | Jeffery S. McMillan, MusicalAmerica.com
SAN FRANCISCO--After several months of despair-inducing headlines about failing companies, contentious labor negotiations, and declining box-office receipts, it is a relief to report that in San Francisco, at least, the outlook for opera is not … »Read
 

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Salzburg III: Some Bad News Amid the Good

September 16, 2014 | Larry L. Lash, MusicalAmerica.com
S ALZBURG -- Onto every festival some rain must fall, and in the misty 2014 Salzburger Festspiele, I witnessed two outright deluges. It’s not stretching matters when I opine that Franz Schubert didn’t know how to write an opera. … »Read
 

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A Chilling Macbeth at Chicago Opera Theater

September 15, 2014 | Wynne Delacoma, MusicalAmerica.com
CHICAGO—This city’s opera fans have had their choice of spectacular versions of Macbeth in recent years. In fall 2010 Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its season with Verdi’s Macbeth , a mesmerizing, austerely architectural vision … »Read
 

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Salzburg II: Strauss Role Debuts Cause for Celebration

September 12, 2014 | Larry L. Lash, MusicalAmerica.com
SALZBURG -- For the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the composer with the greatest personal association with the Salzburger Festspiele as one of its five founders, you’d expect some kind of celebration. Maybe not on the … »Read
 

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Salzburg I: Garanca and Flórez Soar, Netrebko Naps

September 10, 2014 | Larry L. Lash, MusicalAmerica.com
SALZBURG-- Bel canto isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Salzburger Festspiele, but this year it nearly drowned out Mozart, Strauss, and Bruckner. The toughest tickets for the festival were for two concert … »Read
 
 

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