Review: Seattle Opera’s Brilliant “Beatrice and Benedict” – February 25, 2018

I attended the first two performances of the Seattle Opera’s new production of Berlioz’ “Beatrice and Benedict”. Each performance had a different pair of artists in the title roles. My review of the February 24, 2018 performance [Review: “Beatrice and Benedict”, Seattle Opera Reinvents Berlioz’ Opera – February 24, 2018]  discussed the Beatrice and Benedict … Read more

Review: “Beatrice and Benedict”, Seattle Opera Reinvents Berlioz’ Opera – February 24, 2018

The Seattle Opera chose to participate in a multi-institutional initiative, “Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare”, in which 25 cultural organizations came together to present Shakespeare’s plays or other artistic endeavors based upon his plays. For its part in the Shakespeare festivities, the Seattle Opera selected “Beatrice and Benedict”, which Berlioz loosely adapted from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About … Read more

Sex and Opera in Seattle: A Conversation with Basso Kevin Burdette

The following conversation with Kevin Burdette was conducted with the cooperation of the Seattle Opera, whose facilitation of the conversation is deeply appreciated.   [Below: Kevin Burdette as Don Alfonso in the Seattle Opera production of Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte”; edited image, based on a Philip Newton photograph, courtesy of the Seattle Opera.] Wm: Hi … Read more