Guest Commentator Arthur Bloomfield: “A Great Time Machine Trip”

Here’s a guest article by our friend Arthur Bloomfield, whose new e-book on the styles of the great oldtime opera and symphony conductors has just been posted at www.morethanthenotes.com. Click on that link and you’ll find essays on 64 conductors (Furtwaengler, Knappertsbusch, Serafin, etc.), 36 illustrations, and four and a half hours of sound clips … Read more

Notes on the Santa Fe Opera’s 2010 Season Offerings

The Summer of 2010 The Santa Fe Opera’s 2o1o season includes four new productions, including three operas never before performed by the company. The season opener is a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”, starring Kelly Kaduce (Butterfly), Brandon Jovanovich (Pinkerton), Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki) and James Westman (Sharpless) with Conductor Antony Walker making his Santa … Read more

A Second Look Review: Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera, Champions of “Fanciulla del West” – June 27, 2010

Since my review of the first performance of the new San Francisco Opera production of Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West” was effusive in its praise of the singing, the conducting and the physical sets (see Voigt, Licitra Lead Sizzling San Francisco Centennial Celebration for “Girl of the Golden West” – June 9, 2010), one might … Read more