Review: Minnesota Opera’s Splendidly Exotic, Erotic “Thaïs” – May 12, 2018

The Minnesota Opera presented Italian director Andrea Cigni’s beautifully conceived production of Massenet’s opera “Thaïs”. The event took place at Minnesota Opera’s home in the Saint Paul (Minnesota) Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Kelly Kaduce’s Thaïs Soprano Kelly Kaduce brought vocal beauty and dramatic intensity to the role of Thaïs, a famous, wealthy courtesan … Read more

Rising Stars: An Interview with Russell Thomas

The following interview took place in Russell Thomas’ Kennedy-Center dressing room with the much-appreciated facilitation of the Washington National Opera. [Below: Tenor Russell Thomas; edited image, based on a Fay Fox photograph, courtesy of Russell Thomas.] Wm:  What are your earliest memories of music? RT: Gospel music! I grew up in a community in Miami in … Read more

Review: Beautifully Sung “Norma” at HGO Resilience Theater – Houston Grand Opera, April 29, 2018

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas. Severe damage to the Wortham Center, the home of the Houston Grand Opera [HGO], was among the hurricane’s effects. Rather than cancel its 2017-18 opera season, HGO, working with Houston civic authorities, was able to obtain space in the mammoth George R. Brown Convention Center in which … Read more

Review: Francesca Zambello’s Spirited Mounting of Bernstein’s “West Side Story” – Houston Grand Opera, April 28, 2018

The Houston Grand Opera (HGO)’s Resilience Theater, created for HGO opera performances in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, was the scene of the premiere run of Francesca Zambello’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s 1957 musical “West Side Story”. HGO (the first major American opera company ever to perform “West Side Story”) combined the talents of … Read more