World Premiere Review: Superb Performances from Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni in O’Regan and Caird’s “The Phoenix” – Houston Grand Opera, April 26, 2019

American baritone Thomas Hampson and his real life son-in-law Italian-born bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni melded their personas in a beautifully sung and impressively acted operatic biopic of Mozart’s illustrious librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. The opera, whose music was by Irish-born American composer Tarik O’Regan, and its libretto, by British director John Caird, proved to be an … Read more

In Quest of Immersion into Mozart Operas: July-December, 2019

Over a 13 month period, I have reviewed or am scheduled to review all seven of Mozart’s major operas. The reviews included the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” [see Review: Matthew Polenzani Stars in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle “World Treasure” Production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” – Lyric Opera, Chicago, November 2, 2018] and the Los … Read more