Review: Los Angeles Opera – Angela Meade Joins Vargas, Kelsey and Dixon in Impressive “Roberto Devereux”, February 22, 2020

The Los Angeles Opera mounted Donizetti’s operatic masterpiece “Roberto Devereux” about the aging Queen Elizabeth I’s romantic entanglement with the dangerously impetuous Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux. A few days before the first performance, Canary Islands soprano Davinia Rodriguez, who was to sing the role of Elizabeth I, became ill and withdrew from the performance … Read more

In Quest of Sir David Pountney’s Production of the “Ring of the Nibelungs”- Lyric Opera of Chicago, April 2020

Update: The Lyric Opera announced on March 12, 2020 that all scheduled performances of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelungs” were canceled, in response the declaration of a national emergency related to the Covid-19 pandemic. In Aptil 2020, the Lyric Opera of Chicago debuts the complete production of Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelungs”, with sets … Read more

World Premiere Review: Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice” at the Los Angeles Opera, February 1, 2020

The Los Angeles Opera joined the New York Metropolitan Opera in commissioning a new opera, “Eurydice”, based on a play by poet-dramatist Sarah Ruhl. The opera’s music was composed by the Los Angeles Opera’s resident artist, Maestro Matthew Aucoin. Danielle De Niese as Eurydice Australian mezzo-soprano Danielle De Niese led a stellar group of artists … Read more