In Quest of Donizetti and Early Verdi (January-July, 2020)

Several times I have been invited to write articles for the programs that accompany live performances of operas. Three of these articles relate to the operas composed by Gaetano Donizetti and his younger contemporary, Giuseppe Verdi. These articles are: 21st Century Love for Donizetti’s “Elixir”, and, From the “Barber of Seville” to “Don Pasquale”, and … 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

In Quest of Immersion into Mozart Operas: July-December, 2019

Over a 13 month period, I have reviewed or am scheduled to review all seven of Mozart’s major operas. The reviews included the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” [see Review: Matthew Polenzani Stars in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle “World Treasure” Production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” – Lyric Opera, Chicago, November 2, 2018] and the Los … Read more