Review: San Diego Opera’s Solo Celebration of Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier” Centennial – April 3, 2011

New productions of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” are being mounted in observance of the opera’s centennial of its first performance in several cities on the European Continent. The opera is being feted with a new Willi Decker production in Amsterdam and the revival of the modernistic Herbert Wernicke production at Milan’s La Scala. A revival of … Read more

Review: World Treasure – a Stunning Dallas Opera Revival of Tarkovsky’s Classic, Insightful “Boris Godunov” – April 1, 2011

In 1983,  the Royal Opera House Covent Garden mounted a brilliant production of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” conceived by the Russian cinema director, Andrei Tarkovsky, with sets by French-born painter Nicolas Dvigubsky and extraordinary innovations in lighting by British lighting designer Robert Bryan. Tarkovsky, devoutly Christian, and deeply disaffected by the Soviet state which discouraged much of … Read more

Review: Power Verdi – Gavanelli Leads Distinguished, World Class “Rigoletto” Cast – Dallas Opera, March 30, 2011

Over the past few years, I have attended live performances of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, with particular interest in how those performances compare with those of what some appear to regard as a recent “Golden Age”, in which significant numbers of top rank Verdi singers were available to the world’s opera companies. Fortunately, having … Read more