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BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert
by Richard Sasanow - March 26, 2015

Long before there was “American Idol” or “The Voice,” there were the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. A 62-year tradition in the opera world, it comes to a head at the National Council Auditions Finals Concert, which took place this year on Sunday afternoon. It was the culmination of... (more...)
BWW Reviews: In LUCIA at the Met, Tenor Calleja Has the Last Word BWW Reviews: In LUCIA at the Met, Tenor Calleja Has the Last Word
by Richard Sasanow - March 23, 2015

The title role of Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR was so important to star sopranos during the last half of the 20th century, that it's hard to recall that in Caruso's day, the tenor was the main attraction. I thought of that during the current performance of the opera at the met, with Russian sopra... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Missed Opportunities Abound in SEMELE from Canadian Opera at BAM BWW Reviews: Missed Opportunities Abound in SEMELE from Canadian Opera at BAM
by Richard Sasanow - March 20, 2015

The Canadian Opera Company's production of Handel's SEMELE came to BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House complete with a marvelous 17-ton Ming Dynasty temple, transported from the town of Quhou, China. It was central to the production concept by Zhang Huan, a visual and performance artist who admits to ig... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Daredevil Damrau and Glorious Grigolo Make MANON Sizzle at the Met BWW Reviews: Daredevil Damrau and Glorious Grigolo Make MANON Sizzle at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - March 13, 2015

Soprano Diana Damrau did another of her high-wire acts at the Met this week, with her third role debut here in under two years. After last year's spectacular Amina in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, she's taken on the title role in Massenet's MANON and proven once again that she is one of the company's gre... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SEMELE at BAM, Handel in a Temple BWW Reviews: SEMELE at BAM, Handel in a Temple
by Wesley Doucette - March 10, 2015

Zang Huan's imaginative retelling of the baroque Opera at BAM as performed by the Canadian Opera Company.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LA DONNA DEL LAGO is Far from Pitch-Perfect at the Met BWW Reviews: LA DONNA DEL LAGO is Far from Pitch-Perfect at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - March 02, 2015

Maria Callas got the world used to hearing singing that was not always pitch-perfect yet still essential listening. I kept thinking about this at the Met the other night during the new production of Rossini's LA DONNA DEL LAGO with a cast headed by a couple of stars, mezzo Joyce DiDonato and tenor J... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie Hall BWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - December 20, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Handel's MESSIAH: That would be Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN, transformed from the film by Eric Idle (the jokes) and John Du Prez (the music) into NOT THE MESSIAH (HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY). This comic oratorio resulted in a very jolly evening, which The Collegiat... (more...)
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence's 67th Season to Feature World Premieres, French Premieres & More Festival d'Aix-en-Provence's 67th Season to Feature World Premieres, French Premieres & More
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2014

The 67th season of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, under the leadership of General Manager Bernard Foccroulle, will present the world premiere productions of operas by Handel and Mozart; the French premiere of Jonathan Dove's children's opera The Monster in the Maze led by Sir Simon Rattle with the ... (more...)
Canadian Opera Company Features DON GIOVANNI, DIE WALKURE, Free Concerts and More! Canadian Opera Company Features DON GIOVANNI, DIE WALKURE, Free Concerts and More!
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company presents its winter listings, including Don Giovanni and Die Walküre, as well as highlights of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.... (more...)
The Canadian Opera Company Presents Richard Wagner's DIE WALKÜRE Featuring Christine Goerke, 1/31-2/22 The Canadian Opera Company Presents Richard Wagner's DIE WALKÜRE Featuring Christine Goerke, 1/31-2/22
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2014

Richard Wagner's Die Walküre is opera at its most epic with incredible vocal demands, a 110-piece orchestra and a story about gods and mortals, all played out to one of opera's most powerful and iconic scores. This immense work returns to the Canadian Opera Company this winter with a critically accl... (more...)
COC to Present DIE WALKURE with Christine Goerke in 2015 COC to Present DIE WALKURE with Christine Goerke in 2015
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2014

Richard Wagner's Die Walküre is opera at its most epic with incredible vocal demands, a 110-piece orchestra and a story about gods and mortals, all played out to one of opera's most powerful and iconic scores. This immense work returns to the Canadian Opera Company this winter with a critically accl... (more...)
BWW Reviews: No Gods but Plenty of Masters in DIE MEISTERSINGER at the Met BWW Reviews: No Gods but Plenty of Masters in DIE MEISTERSINGER at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - December 12, 2014

I never ran a marathon, but I sure sat through one the other night at the Met. Richard Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER clocked in at six hours--a quarter of a day--without a god or flying horse in sight. And while the composer referred to this as a comedy, it's not exactly “I Love Lucy” (nor, for that ma... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEME BWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEME
by Richard Sasanow - December 05, 2014

Puccini's LA BOHEME has that magical ability to change its shape depending on the cast. When Pavarotti sang, it became his opera, with a Mimi hard pressed to take the spotlight, even in her death scene. When Stratas, Carreras and Scotto (as Musetta) led the cast, it became a glittery ensemble of sho... (more...)
IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE Receives Opening Night Accolades; Read the Reviews! IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE Receives Opening Night Accolades; Read the Reviews!
by BWW News Desk - December 05, 2014

What a night! A portentous storm raged across Sydney, matching the intensity of the opening storm scene that sets the mood of Iphigénie en Tauride. Inside Angel Place, from the very first note, we were riveted to the drama, the extraordinary singing, and the stunning set and costume design.... (more...)





BWW Reviews: Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour's AIDA Combines The Timeless Story of Love and War With The Sydney SkylineBWW Reviews: Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour's AIDA Combines The Timeless Story of Love and War With The Sydney Skyline

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BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals ConcertBWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert
by Richard Sasanow