World Premiere Review: Poul Ruders’ “Thirteenth Child” – Santa Fe Opera, July 27, 2019

The Santa Fe Opera has announced three consecutive years of opera world premieres for the company’s 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons. 2019’s new opera, Poul Ruders’ “The Thirteenth Child”, is based on the Brother Grimm’s Fairy Tale “The Twelve Brothers”. David Leigh’s King Hjarne, Tamara Mumford’s Gertrude and Bradley Garvin’s Drokan In “The Thirteenth Child” … Read more

Review: “Cosi Fan Tutte” – World Class Singing, Deconstructed Staging – Santa Fe Opera, July 26, 2019

A stellar sextet of operatic artists presented a beautifully sung performance of Mozart’s “relationship” opera “Cosi fan Tutte”. Deconstructing “Cosi fan Tutte” New York stage director R.B. Schlather conceived a production intended to bypass what many regard as the inherent absurdities of Lorenzo da Ponte’s libretto to delve deep into the subconscious motivations of the … Read more

Review: Wilde, Racette, Lewis in Dramatically Intense, Melodic “Jenufa” – Santa Fe Opera, July 24, 2019

The Santa Fe Opera imported David Alden’s English National Opera production for the company’s first ever performances of Janacek’s “Jenufa”. Laura Wilde’s Jenufa South Dakota soprano Laura Wilde brought a voice of power and dramatic intensity to the opera’s title role, successfully negotiating the range of emotions expressed by the ill-fated character. Wilde clearly has … Read more

Review: Hopkins, Norman and Burdette in a Beauty of a “Billy Budd”- Central City Opera, July 21, 2019

The Central City Opera, located in a historic Colorado mining town whose elevation is 8,500 feet, performs in a 550 seat opera house. [ Below: the Central City Opera House; edited iimage of a publicity photograph, courtesy of the Central City Opera.] In the 21st century, the Central City Opera began a long-term relationship with … Read more

Review: “Show Boat” at the Glimmerglass Festival – July 16, 2019

Since Francesca Zambello assumed the directorship of New York’s Glimmerglass Festival in 2011, an American musical, performed by operatic voices has been one of each festival’s four MainStage offerings. This year, Zambello’s well-traveled “Show Boat” production, arrived at the Glimmerglass Festival to take its place as 2019’s musical. “Show Boat” (1927) is an historically important … Read more