Review: Glimmerglass Festival “Porgy and Bess”: Ngqungwana, Trevigne Lead Strong Cast for New Zambello Production – July 13, 2017

The Glimmerglass Festival presented a brilliantly sung production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”. The musical performance was presided over by the eminent Maestro John DeMain, a leading authority on the American musical and American opera. Director Francesca Zambello, Glimmerglass Festival’s Artistic and General Director, a tireless advocate for the work, who created its most significant … Read more

In Quest of Italian Opera Masterpieces, September-November, 2017

The following operatic masterpieces by Verdi and Puccini are being performed by the San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera and/or Houston Grand Opera between September and November, 2017: Turandot (Puccini), San Francisco Opera, September 8, 12, 15, 21, 24,┬áNovember 18, 25, 28, December 3, 6 and 9, 2017. The San Francisco Opera offers two “Turandot” … Read more

Review: Brenda Rae’s Stunning Lucia di Lammermoor – Santa Fe Opera, July 1, 2017

Wisconsin coloratura soprano Brenda Rae and composer Gaetano Donizetti were two of the winners in Santa Fe Opera’s production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”. The opera was impressively led by Maestro Corrado Rovaris, who himself is from Donizetti’s home town of Bergamo, Italy. Brenda Rae’s Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia di Lammermoor is an operatic role … Read more

Review: “Fledermaus” Opens 2017 Santa Fe Opera Festival – June 30, 2017

The Santa Fe Opera opened its 2017 season with a new production of Johann Strauss’ operetta “Die Fledermaus”. The iconic Viennese operetta returned to the Santa Fe Opera after a 25 year absence in a well-sung, at times frantic new production directed by Ned Canty. Kurt Streit’s Gabriel and Devon Guthrie’s Rosalinda In the leading role … Read more