Tom’s Review: Intimate Opera’s “Amahl” Presented at Venerable Pasadena Playhouse’s Christmastide – December 16, 2010

In past years, Tom’s Tips have featured such diverse holiday fare as the Bracebridge Dinner during Christmas Week at Yosemite National Park and “Phantom of the Opera” performances in Las Vegas. This year, he will highlight a production of Menotti’s Christmas opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, performed by the newly formed Intimate Opera Company … Read more

Review: Domingo’s Domain – The Incredible Maestro Conducts Los Angeles Opera “Nozze di Figaro”, October 6, 2010

Earlier this year, William, your website host reported on Placido Domingo’s feat of conducting a series of performances of Thomas’ “Hamlet” at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (see Michael Chioldi, Micaela Oeste Enrich Washington National Opera’s Theatrically Absorbing “Hamlet” – May 22, 2010, while preparing and singing Siegmund in Wagner’s “Die Walkuere” in Los … Read more

Tom’s Review: Superlative – Britten’s “Albert Herring” Brings Big Time Laugh-in to Santa Fe Opera – August 25, 2010

Santa Fe Opera audiences have been treated in recent years to two of England’s great composer Benjamin Britten’s most gritty – and greatest – works, most recently his “Billy Budd” in the 2008 season reviewed by your website host William (who noted it as one of his most superlative productions ever), a hard-edged, gut-wrenching maritime … Read more

Tom’s Review: Mozart’s “Flute” Is a Magical End to Santa Fe Opera’s Summer 2010 Season – August 23, 2010

Wolfgang Amadeus (note about film Amadeus below) Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece, “Die Zauberfloete” (The Magic Flute) once again enchants Santa Fe Opera audiences. The summer 2010 season is the 54th for The Santa Fe Opera in beautiful olde Santa Fe  – now celebrating its 400th anniversary. The “Magic Flute” has been a very frequent show-stopper of the all-time operatic wunderkind … Read more

Tom’s Review: Mega-opulent “Traviata” a Spectacular Finish to San Diego Opera’s Season, April 23, 2010

We are three years from the worldwide bicentennial celebration of the birth of the great Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. In the countdown to the bicentennial, San Diego Opera’s 2010 Season presented two of Verdi’s great successes  – an utterly smashing production of the 29 year old Verdi’s first big hit, “Nabucco” (championed and conducted … Read more