Another Grand Opera Opening: LA's Trovatore, with Do-it-yourself Sets

September 24, 2021 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES – “Breathe easy” reads the Los Angeles Opera’s program book. The reference is to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s new air filtration system, which earned the first UL “healthy building” rating … » Read


New Music Aficionado Assesses
2021 Ojai Festival

September 23, 2021 | Mark Swed
In his review of the Ojai Music Festival, Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed sees very little lost in its move this year from June to September, necessitated by the pandemic and, as he puts it, “The damn Delta variant.” Otherwise, the … » Read


Carmen Is About Passion Between Two of any Sex

September 21, 2021 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—Opera is probably the most gender-fluid performing art. Yes, Sarah Bernhardt played Hamlet in 1899, and a few years ago Glenda Jackson tackled King Lear. Male swans fill the stage in choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake . … » Read


At the Lyric: Macbeth a Landmark Opening by any Measure

September 20, 2021 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—After 18 months of no live performances Friday night’s opening of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2021-22 season would have been a gala event in its own right. But Verdi’s Macbeth held even more resonance. It was the … » Read


At ROH: New Director of Opera Makes His House Debut with Rigoletto

September 20, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON -- Oliver Mears succeeded Kasper Holten as the Royal Opera’s director of opera in 2017, but advance scheduling and the pandemic has delayed his mainstage directorial debut with the company until now. With Covent Garden reopening to … » Read


Sun & Sea: The World Is Burning. So?

September 17, 2021 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Is it a day at the beach? A ship of fools? The end of the world? All such answers—and more—are appropriate to Sun & Sea , the category-defying installation (for lack of a better word) in which 13 singers lounge on … » Read


Il Paradiso di Dante Offers Enlightenment at Its Premiere

September 15, 2021 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN--Italy has organized an array of initiatives to mark the ongoing 700th anniversary year of Dante Alighieri’s death, but one stands out for its originality. In Padua’s lavishly frescoed Salone del Palazzo della Ragione, Il … » Read


At the Met Opera: A Stunning Night of Remembrance

September 13, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: I’ve spent the last several months editing reviews by critics who have been lucky enough to get back into the concert hall. One after another—London, Los Angeles, Paris--each reported the joy of the return, of being … » Read


Birds in the Moon: Traveling Opera in a Shipping Crate

September 7, 2021 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
SANTA MONICA – If you were an operagoer in Southern California last week, your fix of the irrational art form might have taken place in a Santa Monica parking lot at 5th St. and Arizona Ave. You would have been sitting in a row of … » Read


On a Night Off from the Festspielhaus

September 3, 2021 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
Conveniently timed on a night off for the Bayreuth Festspiele audience, the Internationale Siegfried Wagner Gesellschaft presented on August 21 a rare, staged performance of its namesake’s Der Friedensengel (The Angel of Peace) at the … » Read

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