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


At the Proms: George Benjamin Conducts Mahler Chamber O in His Own

September 2, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--With the 2021 BBC Proms season drawing to a close, this August 30 concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall was a reminder of the rewardingly thoughtful programming that has typified this year’s festival. Not only was there a … » Read


Bayreuth: Savoring Wagner in the Hands of Andris Nelsons

September 1, 2021 | James L. Paulk, Musical America
In 2016, Andris Nelsons was engaged to conduct a new staging by Eric Laufenberg of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival, but he cancelled three weeks before it opened , reputedly over differences with Christian Thielemann, then the festival’s … » Read

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