Superlative: Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nadine Sierra, Ensemble Dancers Superb in Jessica Lang’s Visualization of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater – Glimmerglass Festival, July 20, 2013

In one of the most extraordinary experiences an operagoer is likely to see, the Glimmerglass Festival mounted Jessica Lang’s production of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s 1736 “Stabat Mater (There Stands the Mother)” based on a 13th century Latin poem of uncertain authorship. The vocal music, written for two high voices, was sung by Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo … Read more

Superlative: Original 1951 “Billy Budd” Catches the Santa Fe Wind – August 14, 2008

Santa Fe Opera, now well into its second half-century, finally has chosen to include Britten’s 57 year old opera, “Billy Budd”, into its repertoire. Although it is hardly appropriate to say it was worth the wait for the first presentation of an opera that many other opera companies have presented several times, there are features about … Read more

Superlative: 1998 Gold Medal “Turandot” in Beijing’s Forbidden City

Note from William – With this posting, we have created a new Category of articles on this website.  This will be called “Superlatives” and we will invite various persons to add their own.  My website colleague Tom, conceived the idea of the “Superlatives” and has already alerted us to the most spectacular stage show – Webber’s “Phantom … Read more