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

Review: Jamie Barton, a Phenomenon in “La Favorite” – Houston Grand Opera, January 24, 2020

The Houston Grand Opera presented “La Favorite” in its original French, as a vehicle for Georgia mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Donizetti’s 1840 masterpiece “La Favorite” was one of the mid-19th century vehicles for operatic superstars to display their vocal prowess. Jamie Barton’s Léonor The opera proved a triumph for Jamie Barton, singing the role of Léonor … Read more

Review: Seattle Opera’s Compelling “Eugene Onegin” Led by Michael Adams, Marina Costa-Jackson – January 12, 2020

For the Seattle Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” two pairs of artists sing the lead roles of Eugene Onegin and Tatyana, alternating performances. This review of the second performance supplements my remarks contained in Review: Seattle Opera’s Melodious “Eugene Onegin” led by John Moore and Marjukka Tepponen, January 11, 2020. Michael Adams’ Eugene Onegin … Read more

Review: Seattle Opera’s Melodious “Eugene Onegin” led by John Moore and Marjukka Tepponen, January 11, 2020

The Seattle Opera presented Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” in an attractive production by Tomer Zvulun. For the eight scheduled performances, the two principal roles, Onegin and Tatyana, alternate between two pairs of artists, with the remaining roles to be performed by the same artists throughout the run. I attended both the first and second performances, for … Read more

Review: A Youthful Cast Excels in Los Angeles Opera “Magic Flute” – December 1, 2019

Six years ago I reviewed the Los Angeles Opera’s first performance of Barrie Kosky’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” [Outrageously Inventive, Unceasingly Entertaining – Kosky/Andrade /Barritt’s Silent Movie “Magic Flute” Wows L. A. – Los Angeles Opera, November 23, 2013]. As before, the spoken dialogue is cut and the arias and recitativo accompagnato passages … Read more