Review: Zambello’s Intriguing “Traviata” – Glimmerglass Festival, July 15, 2019

Francesca Zambello, General Director of the Glimmerglass Festival, brought her imaginative production of “La Traviata” to the Festival’s Alice Busch Theater. Zambello conceives the party at the opera’s beginning as Violetta reliving of her first meeting with Alfredo while she, on her death bed, awaits Alfredo’s promised arrival. [Below: the final quintet from Verdi’s “La … Read more

World Premiere Review: Tesori and Thompson’s Sobering “Blue”: Lushly Melodic, Dramatically Persuasive – Glimmerglass Festival, July 14, 2019

The Glimmerglass Festival presented the world premiere of an important new opera, with a libretto by Tazewell Thompson, by Broadway musical composer Jeanine Tesori (who won a 2015 Tony for Fun Home), . The opera is concerned with the impact on a Harlem policeman, his wife and their community when the policeman’s son is shot … Read more

Review: An Elegant New Production of “Ghosts of Versailles”, Glimmerglass Festival, July 13, 2019

The 2019 Glimmerglass Festival includes a new production of John Corigliano’s opera “The Ghosts of Versailles”. It is a sprawling work whose complexity has limited the venues that have performed it. The Glimmerglass Festival has taken on the challenge of presenting the work in a co-production with France’s Château de Versailles Spectacles. The Glimmerglass Festival’s … Read more

In Quest of Intriguing Opera Productions – September, 2019-August, 2020

Here is a list of another foursome of operas I am scheduled to review in 2019 and 2020, including productions that I have not previously seen, by British director Michael Grandage, South African director Alessandro Talevi, Israeli-born director Tomer Zvulun and New York director Francesca Zambello. Billy Budd (Britten), San Francisco Opera, September 7, 12, … Read more