In Quest of Handel Operas – June 2019-July 2020

During the next year and a half, I am scheduled to review performances of contemporary productions of four operas composed by the great baroque composer, George Frideric Handel. Orlando (Handel), San Francisco Opera, June 9(m), 15, 18, 21 and 27, 2019 Handel’s “Orlando”, based on Ariosto’s fanciful 16th century tale inspired by of the characters of the medieval epic “The Song of Roland” has been time-shifted … Read more

In Quest of Varied Operatic Repertory – February-August 2019

Over the next six months, I will be reviewing performances at the San Diego Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival and the Central City Opera, each of which represents a quite distinct style of musical works. Rigoletto (Verdi), San Diego Opera, February 2, 5, 8 and 10(m), 2019. The San Diego Opera presents the Michael Cavanagh production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, conducted by Maestro Steven … Read more

In Quest of 21st Century American Operas – November, 2018 – August, 2019

I am scheduled to review the following operas, which include two world premieres and the revival of a work on whose world premiere I reported previously. These operas are to be presented by the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera or the Glimmerglass Festival between November 2018 and August 2019: It’s a Wonderful Life (Heggie), … Read more

In Quest of Operas Based on Myths and Fairy Tales – November 2018 – August 2019

I am scheduled to review the following operas, to be presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera, the San Francisco Opera or the Santa Fe Opera between November 2018 and August 2019: Siegfried (Wagner), Lyric Opera of Chicago, November 3, 7, 11(m) and 16, 2018. Buckhard Fritz and Matthias Klink make … Read more

In Quest of Less Often Performed Repertory Operas – October 2018 – August 2019

All four of the operas below are part of the core opera repertory, but are performed much less often than the most popular operas. Arabella (Richard Strauss), San Francisco Opera, October 16, 19, 24, 28(m) and November 3, 2018. Ellie Dehn is Arabella, Brian Mulligan is Mandryka, Daniel Johansson is Matteo and Heidi Stober is … Read more