Review: Los Angeles Opera’s Magic Potion – Nino Machaidze in “L’Elisir d’Amore”, September 12, 2009

An opera company often builds its “opening nights” of a season around the presence of major opera stars.  An opera is selected for them that will appeal to opening night audiences, which include a considerable representation of those patrons on whose support the company depends.  It is important that everything go well. Los Angeles Opera … Read more

Review: Lyrical Luisotti Leads Triumphant “Trovatore” – San Francisco Opera, September 11, 2009

Nicola Luisotti, the San Francisco Opera’s newly installed Music Director opened the company’s 87th season, conducting Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”.  By tradition in American opera houses, the season opener is preceded by the orchestra accompanying the audience in singing the Star-Spangled Banner. All were aware that this first official act of the new Music Director was … Read more