Review: Licitra, Radvanovsky Gleam in Lyric Opera’s Glorious New “Ernani” – Chicago, November 5, 2009

Lyric Opera has done immeasurable service to the cause of Early Verdi by creating a stylish new production of the Maestro’s megahit of 1844, “Ernani”. In consonance with the beautiful sets was a matching musical performance led by the conducting of Renato Palumbo, with a lustrous cast of principals, whose performances further confirm my belief that … Read more

Review: Lyric Opera Revives Inventive Corsaro-Perdziola “Faust” – Chicago, November 3, 2009

Observances of the sesquicentennial of Gounod’s “Faust” begin this year – the 150th anniversary of the first version of what proved to be a revolutionary opera. To this day more popular than any French opera that preceded it, its influence on both later French and Italian opera was profound. The only French opera that exceeds … Read more