Review: Zambello’s Production of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” at the Kennedy Center – March 8, 2015

Reviving a production she created for the Opera National de Paris (now listed as a Washington National Opera production), Francesca Zambello assembled a major cast for Poulenc’s mid-20th century opera. The opera explores the final days of the lives of several members of a small convent of Carmelite nuns in a Parisian suburb who are trapped in … Read more

Review: Fair Weather and a Well-Sung “Flying Dutchman” at Washington National Opera – March 7, 2015

Washington D.C., two days before the opening of Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman”, had been battered by snowstorms so fierce that they required cancellation of a Washington National Opera Thursday night performance of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites”, But on Saturday evening, fair weather prevailed and it proved smooth sailing for Wagner’s inherently stormy opera. Assuring a propitious opening night was the … Read more

In Quest of American “Opera Repertory-Expanding” Musical Works, March-September, 2015

Below is a list of American musical works that have entered or are scheduled to enter the performance repertory of major opera companies, which I will be reviewing between March and September, 2015.  Although each work is quite different from operas of the traditional repertory, each work benefits from operatic voices and the orchestral and production resources of major … Read more

Review: Rossini Royalty Present Brilliant “Barber of Seville” – Los Angeles Opera, February 28, 2015

Los Angeles Opera Music Director and Chief Conductor James Conlon is the champion of his opera company’s “Figaro Trilogy” of Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”, Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and Corigliano’s “Ghosts of Versailles” performed over a two month period that began in early February [See Review: Los Angeles Opera Launches Ambitious New Production of “Ghosts of … Read more