Review: A New Force of Destiny – Adina Aaron, Monsalve, Delavan Shine in Zambello’s Remake of Verdi’s “Forza” – Washington National Opera, October 12, 2013

In another display of her seemingly unbounded creative energy Francesca Zambello revealed her new production of “The Force of Destiny [La Forza del Destino]”, yet another contribution to the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. [Below: Stage director Francesca Zambello, here in the first staging of Wagner’s “Die Walkuere” as part of the Zambello “Ring of … Read more

Review: Bryn Terfel Triumphs in an Authoritative “Falstaff” – San Francisco Opera, October 9, 2013

After more than a decade’s absence Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel returned to the San Francisco Opera stage in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff”. Unlike all other Verdi operas, and all others operas in the comic genre, “Falstaff” is dominated by a central, rather tragicomic figure, who interplays with nine other principals. [Below: Sir … Read more

A Second Look Review: Abdrazakov, Racette, Vargas, Luisotti Delight in Boito’s “Mephistopheles” – San Francisco Opera, September 29, 2013

I previously reported on the performance of Boito’s “Mefistofele” that opened San Francisco Opera’s 2013-14 season [see World Treasure: Carsen’s Magnificent “Mefistofele” Returns to San Francisco Opera – September 6, 2013.] Three weeks later I returned to the War Memorial Opera House to experience a performance of the production once again. Mephistopheles as Main Attraction The … Read more