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Opera Rara Brings The Exile Out of Exile

July 1, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--Given the high quality and stylistic daring of much of the music in Saverio Mercadante’s Il Proscritto ( The Exile ), it seems remarkable that this June 28 concert performance at London’s Barbican Centre was the opera’s … »Read


Violet: High Expectations Quashed, with a Glimmer of Promise

June 30, 2022 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON--The UK’s opera grandees have invested a great deal of faith in Violet . After languishing for two years in Covid limbo, the debut opera by young English composer Tom Coult was unleashed on the UK this summer in a flurry of … »Read


SFO Gives Red Chamber a Rare Second Chance

June 29, 2022 | Thomas May, Musical America
Like its  new production of Don Giovanni , San Francisco Opera’s other offering this summer—before returning to the customary three in 2023—begins with striking images of a once-great estate that has collapsed. The world … »Read


CSO Closes Season with Its Matchless Duo: Verdi and Muti

June 28, 2022 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—In June 2011 Riccardo Muti closed his first season as Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director with a riveting concert version of Verdi’s Otello . I still remember cowering in my seat during the opening storm scene, fearful … »Read


SFO's Don Giovanni: A Convincing Case for a World Beyond Repair

June 24, 2022 | Thomas May, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO—The flames are already flickering as the overture begins in the new production of Don Giovanni directed by Michael Cavanagh at San Francisco Opera. Set and projection designer Erhard Rom’s accompanying visuals establish … »Read


Rusalka: Another Winner from Garsington

June 23, 2022 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON--Ten years have passed since the current boss of Garsington Opera took over and transformed it from a middling country house festival into a plausible pretender to the Glyndebourne throne. During his tenure, the charismatic Scottish … »Read




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