Review: Wagner, Wadsworth and Lynch Team for Seattle’s Magical “Rheingold” Revival – August 9, 2009

Stage director Stephen Wadsworth returns to Seattle for the second revival of his now world famous Seattle Opera production of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”. Wadsworth’s conception of the work closely follows Wagner’s intentions and stage directions in an era in which the “Ring” is presented in ways its author-composer could not possibly have imagined. … Read more

Review: The Man Who Loved Women, Lucas Meachem’s Empathetic Don Giovanni – Santa Fe Opera, July 31, 2009

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” for 0ver 22 decades has provided opportunities for many different interpretations of how to portray the famous Spanish nobleman of uncommon appetites and his impact on the lives of seven people on the final day of his life on earth. Lucas Meachem, Santa Fe Opera’s latest Don, has developed his own take … Read more

Review: 21st Century Maugham: Moravec, Racette Reopen “The Letter” in Santa Fe – July 29, 2009

Santa Fe Opera is famously committed to sponsoring contemporary works, allocating one of its five operas each season to a recently composed opera. For 2009, the new work selected by now retired General Manager Richard Gaddis was one the Santa Fe Opera commissioned. Composer Paul Morevac, whose vibrant incidental music inspired by the Bard’s “The … Read more

Review: Christine Brewer, Paul Groves Lead Elegantly Sung “Alceste” – Santa Fe Opera, August 1, 2009

ALCESTE REVIEW Santa Fe Opera mounted Gluck’s “Alceste” as the occasion for the Santa Fe Opera debuts of Wagnerian soprano Christine Brewer and of lyric tenor Paul Groves. Conducted by Irish conductor Kenneth Montgomery, a familiar face on the Santa Fe podium, the opera, that Gluck had revised for Paris in 1776, was presented in … Read more