Review: Domingo, Martínez, Chacón-Cruz Excel in “El Gato Montés” – Los Angeles Opera, May 5, 2019

The Spanish opera, “El Gato Montés”, composed by Manuel Penella in 1916, was mounted by the Los Angeles Opera for the second time in a quarter century. The opera is most famous for its immediately recognizable second act pasodoble, an orchestral interlude that has become the music most heard in association with bullfight ceremonies. Penella … Read more

Review: World Class Performances and Rollicking Fun in The Dallas Opera’s “Falstaff” – April 28, 2019

The Dallas Opera mounted the late Lee Blakeley’s attractive production of Verdi’s final masterpiece, “Falstaff”, based on Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. The cast assembled for the ten principal roles was an extraordinary array of operatic talent, as fine a cast as one can imagine for the work. Mark Delavan’s Falstaff Much of Arizona … Read more

Review: Outstanding Cast for “Don Giovanni” in Kasper Holten’s Vibrantly Visual Production – Houston Grand Opera, April 27, 2019

The Houston Grand Opera mounted Danish director Kasper Holten’s production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. Holten’s concept departs from traditional ways of presenting Mozart’s operatic masterpiece – where the Don is dragged to Hell by a ghostly stone statue. Kasper Holten’s Production, Es Devlin’s Sets and Luke Halls’ Video Design All of the opera’s scenes take … Read more