Review: “Il Trovatore”- Impressive debuts for Meade, Muehle, Mayes and Sourouzian – Seattle Opera, January 13, 2019

The Seattle Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” casts two artists for the principal roles, each singing four of the eight scheduled performances, while other cast members perform their role eight times. This report is of Sunday matinee, which was the Seattle Opera debut for each of the opera’s four principal artists – Angela Meade, … Read more

Review: Crocetto, Rawls, Lynch and Gabouri Lead Seattle Opera’s Vocally Solid, Rethought “Trovatore” – January 12, 2019

The Seattle Opera mounted an adventurous production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with two commanding casts. This review chronicles the production’s opening night, led by the Leonora of Leah Crocetto, the Manrico of Arnold Rawls, the Count di Luna of Lester Lynch and the Azucena of Elena Gabouri, scheduled to repeat January 16, 20 and 25, … Read more

In Quest of Varied Operatic Repertory – February-August 2019

Over the next six months, I will be reviewing performances at the San Diego Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival and the Central City Opera, each of which represents a quite distinct style of musical works. Rigoletto (Verdi), San Diego Opera, February 2, 5, 8 and 10(m), 2019. The San Diego Opera presents the Michael Cavanagh production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, conducted by Maestro Steven … Read more