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At Glyndebourne: The 'OMG What Are We Going to Do with This?' Approach to Directing

July 27, 2016 | Keith Clarke, MusicalAmerica.com
Awarded Best Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards, Laurent Pelly forever carries the burden of having created one of the all-time-great opera productions. His effervescent 2007 Fille du Regiment for the Royal Opera, which transferred … » Read
 

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Iris, Sex Slave, Precursor to Cio-Cio San in Many Ways

July 26, 2016 | George Loomis, MusicalAmerica.com
ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.—We’ll never know where Italian opera might have gone artistically after the supreme achievement of Verdi’s final operas. For the sentimental, theatrically savvy, frankly accessible operas of Puccini … » Read
 

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At Ravinia, Levine Competes with Mother Nature and Wins

July 25, 2016 | Wynne Delacoma, MusicalAmerica.com
CHICAGO—It wasn’t quite the picture-perfect homecoming Ravinia Festival officials doubtless hoped for Saturday night, when James Levine returned after an absence of 23 years to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s … » Read
 

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Irrelevant Choreography for Haydn's The Creation Takes Center Stage

July 21, 2016 | Keith Clarke, MusicalAmerica.com
STOCKENCHURCH, UK—Never let it be said that opera offers poor value for money. Garsington Opera, performing at the Wormsley estate at Stockenchurch, 30 miles west of London, is currently offering two shows for the price of one. The catch is … » Read
 

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A Familiar Overture to an Early, Obscure Opera Seria

July 19, 2016 | George Loomis, MusicalAmerica.com
KATONAH, NY—The opening music of Aureliano in Palmira , performed in concert at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts on Saturday, must have surprised many in the audience. Here was an early opera seria by Rossini, so obscure as to … » Read
 

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Paradise Interrupted: The Substance Is the Score

July 15, 2016 | Fred Cohn, MusicalAmerica.com
In 1998, Chinese authorities at the last minute canceled a tour of the 16th-century kunqu opera The Peony Pavilion , headed for the Lincoln Center Festival. The next year the festival, under the directorship of Nigel Redden, made up for the … » Read
 
 

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