Opera News

In Review: Paris
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 45-46

[...]the chorus of conspirators, well sung by a men's chorus in top form, did not benefit from a point number that would not have looked out of place in a musical comedy. Baritone Quinn Kelsey's commitment in the title role ...

In Review: Fort Worth
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 41-42

Imagine if "Camelot" opened with Arthur and Guinevere half-naked and high, and you'll have a sense of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek's ravishing grand opera, "JFK," whose world premiere opened Fort Worth's seventieth anniversary season on April 23 at ...

Lyrical Colors
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 22-27

In the Paris Rigoletto, Gilda makes her entrance as a skipping, hopscotching girl. Since her international breakthrough in 2009 in Robert Lepage's now-legendary (and well-traveled) production of Stravinsky's "Rossignol," Peretyatko's rise has been nothing short of meteoric. At the encouragement ...

Artistic Import
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 6

When the Electors of Saxony moved their court to Warsaw in the 1750s, the brilliant musical life of Dresden had a profound impact on opera in Poland: composer Johann Adolph Hasse, who enjoyed the patronage of the Saxon royal family, ...

Santa Fe Opera
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 16

"Santa Fe Opera is undergoing a major facelift of the backstage and front-of-house areas, and we've been displaced to a rehearsal hall since last September," he says. There are about ten full-time scenery staff members, but as the schedule intensifies, ...

Reviews--Recordings: Deutsche Oper Berlin - "Carl Orff: 'Gisei--Das Opfer'"
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 50

The belated premiere of "Gisei--Das Opfer" ("Gisei--The Sacrificial Victim"), at Darmstadt in 2010, caused little stir in the opera world, which ignores Orff's stage works despite their stylistic kinship with his popular "Carmina Burana." (Orff attended Munich performances of "Madama ...

Reviews--Recordings: "Anna Moffo: The Complete RCA Recital Albums"
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 53-54

A year later, she was pushed in the opposite direction, recording "The Dream Duet," operetta excerpts with tenor Sergio Franchi performed in a stylistic no-man's land somewhere between bad Broadway, bad Vienna and bad Hollywood. The soprano has better luck ...

In Review: Berlin
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 46-47

Steffani, an eclectic figure who was a diplomat and cleric as well as a composer, has experienced new popularity since Cecilia Bartoli's bestselling 2012 CD, "Mission," which featured two dozen of his arias, including several world-premiere recordings.

Reviews--Recordings: Hallé Orchestra/Opera Rara Chorus - "Donizetti: 'Le Duc d'Albe'"
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 51-52

Even here, though, the company has had to fill out the composer's work with a handful of interpolations and orchestrations by conductor Martin Fitzpatrick, presumably better informed historically than Salvi's long-ago efforts. The work of the Hallé Orchestra and the ...

Obituaries: Peter Maxwell Davies
Opera News (2016) Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 55