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BWW Review: RUSSELL THOMAS LIVING ROOM RECITAL Photo BWW Review: RUSSELL THOMAS LIVING ROOM RECITAL
by Maria Nockin - August 13, 2020

On Monday, August 10, 2020, I listened to tenor Russell Thomas and collaborative pianist Kyung-mi Kima??s a?oeLiving Room Recitala?? for Los Angeles Opera. He opened with Franz Schuberta??s a??An die Musik' ('To Musica??) Thomas and Kim gloried in the songa??s sweeping melody as the pianoa??s stron...
BWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER'S BEETHOVEN LIVE STREAM at Florence, Italy Photo BWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER'S BEETHOVEN LIVE STREAM at Florence, Italy
by Peter Danish - July 16, 2020

BWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER'S BEETHOVEN LIVE STREAM at Florence, Italy...
BWW Review: “SONGS OF SUMMER” WITH SHELLY TRAVERSE at McCaw Hall Photo BWW Review: “SONGS OF SUMMER” WITH SHELLY TRAVERSE at McCaw Hall
by Erica Miner - July 15, 2020

Seattle Opera's innovative 'Songs of Summer' recital series has been bringing some of the company's most valued singers to an electronic stage...
BWW Review: RUSALKA at Des Moines Metro Opera and Iowa PBS: A Journey to the Depths o Photo BWW Review: RUSALKA at Des Moines Metro Opera and Iowa PBS: A Journey to the Depths of the Sea and Back.
by DC Felton - July 06, 2020

Last week Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) and Iowa Public Broadcasting Service started the 2020 Virtual Opera season with a stunning airing of 'Manon.' The decision to go virtual this season was due to the continuing COVID crisis. They continue their summer season this week with their 2018 production ...
BWW Review: Des Moines' MANON Is a Welcome Journey Taken From Your Own Couch Photo BWW Review: Des Moines' MANON Is a Welcome Journey Taken From Your Own Couch
by DC Felton - June 30, 2020

Opera companies worldwide have found themselves canceling their seasons, including Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO).  The difference with DMMO is that they have had an Emmy winning partnership with Iowa Public Television, now called Iowa Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), coming together to give you th...
BWW Review: ASPECT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS A MAGICAL EVENING at Bohemian Nation Photo BWW Review: ASPECT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS A MAGICAL EVENING at Bohemian National Hall
by Joanna Barouch - March 15, 2020

With the world in growing turmoil, what we need is Music, Tales and Magic, which is just what the ASPECT Chamber Music presented on March 11, 2020....
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY HONORS BRITISH COMPOSERS At The Jacobs Music Cente Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY HONORS BRITISH COMPOSERS At The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - March 10, 2020

British guest conductor Bramwell Tovey led the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in authoritative performances of William Walton's Crown Imperial (Coronation March), Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto and the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar. Britannia indeed ruled on this night! In 1936 Walton was a...
BWW Review: LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at Winter Opera St. Louis Photo BWW Review: LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at Winter Opera St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - March 09, 2020

St. Louis's wonderful Winter Opera closes it's thirteenth season with a fine production of a rarely-seen work by Puccini--La fanciulla del West, or The Girl of the Golden West. Now Puccini was fond of choosing exotic settings for his operas--look at Madama Butterfly and Turandot. Well, to a European...
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS SIBELIUS at The Jacobs Music Center Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS SIBELIUS at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - March 04, 2020

Conductor Eun Sun Kim is the recently named musical director of the San Francisco Opera. In her debut with the San Diego Symphony she opened her program with Korean composer Texu Kim's playful Spin-Flip. Two hyperromantic works followed, the Sibelius violin concerto and Rachmaninoff's third symphony...
BWW Review: Washington National Opera's SAMSON AND DELILAH at the Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: Washington National Opera's SAMSON AND DELILAH at the Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - March 04, 2020

Bad haircuts can be tragic, but none more so than for Samson, the Biblical figure whose strength was sapped the moment his mullet was gone. The treacherous shearing by a revenge-seeking Delilah launched centuries of retelling, including Camille Saint-Saëns' opera 'Samson and Delilah' which the Washi...
BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at Washington National Opera Photo BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at Washington National Opera
by James McQuillen - March 02, 2020

Some unclear choices keep a beautifully-designed and often well-sung GIOVANNI from making the impact it intends to....
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS BEETHOVEN & SHOSTAKOVICH at Symphony Hall Photo BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY PRESENTS BEETHOVEN & SHOSTAKOVICH at Symphony Hall in the Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - February 28, 2020

Beethoven was born 250 years ago. The San Diego Symphony's most recent birthday present in its celebration of the anniversary was an engaging performance of his violin concerto by violinist Stefan Jackiw. Conductor Rafael Payare, as though beginning one of Beethoven's powerful symphonies, put some h...
BWW Review: 'FRENCH IMPRESSIONS' WITH THE CALIDORE STRING QUARTET and the ASPECT CHAM Photo BWW Review: 'FRENCH IMPRESSIONS' WITH THE CALIDORE STRING QUARTET and the ASPECT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES at Bohemian National Hall
by Joanna Barouch - February 28, 2020

The ASPECT Chamber Music Series presents concerts in an unusual format, one which transforms (according to their literature) “the traditional recital into an intimate, engaging and thought-provoking blend of performance, speech and image.” ...
BWW Review: BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA IN A MAHLER GROOVE at David Geffen Hall At Li Photo BWW Review: BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA IN A MAHLER GROOVE at David Geffen Hall At Lincoln Center
by Joanna Barouch - February 27, 2020

Mahler's audiences have ridden tsunamis of emotions and the musicians who play his music experience tsunamis of notes. This concert did not disappoint....
BWW Review: UC San Diego Honors The Music And Influence Of Chou Wen-chung at the Conr Photo BWW Review: UC San Diego Honors The Music And Influence Of Chou Wen-chung at the Conrad Prebys Music Center
by Ron Bierman - February 24, 2020

Composer Chou Wen-chung, who died recently at the age of 96, was honored at the most recent 'red fish blue fish' percussion concert. Chou's works have been performed by major orchestras throughout the world, and he mentored many who have gone on to successful careers of their own. Tan Dun and Chen Y...
BWW Review: CLASSICAL (RE)VISION at San Francisco Ballet Offers a Sparkling Program o Photo BWW Review: CLASSICAL (RE)VISION at San Francisco Ballet Offers a Sparkling Program of Contemporary Dance
by Jim Munson - February 13, 2020

How lucky we are to be living in the age of Mark Morris! My first thought watching San Francisco Ballet's opening night performance of their a?oeClassical (Re)Visiona?? program was a?oeGod, they're good!a?? SF Ballet presents a sparking and varied program of contemporary ballet that will leave you s...
BWW Review: ORCHESTRA OF ST LUKE'S at Carnegie Hall Feb 6 Photo BWW Review: ORCHESTRA OF ST LUKE'S at Carnegie Hall Feb 6
by George Weinhouse - February 10, 2020

Bernard Labadie led the Orchestra of St Luke's in a well-curated program of magnificent Baroque music Thursday night.  The evening also served to expose New Yorkers to the rich contralto voice of Marie-Nicole Lemieux, a singer who has been garnering praise and awards for the last twenty years....
BWW Review: THE PAJAMA GAME at Opéra De Rennes Photo BWW Review: THE PAJAMA GAME at Opéra De Rennes
by Patrick Honoré - February 10, 2020

After the concert version of West Side Story and an extensive tour of the musical Bells Are Ringing, director Jean Lacornerie and musical director Gérard Lecointe have chosen to collaborate again, delivering to the French public a comparatively little known musical of the 50s, The Pajama Game, which...
BWW REVIEW: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: EDO DE WAART CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN at The Jacobs Music Photo BWW REVIEW: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY: EDO DE WAART CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - January 30, 2020

Beethoven was born 250 years ago, and the world has been honoring the anniversary with a deluge of the great composer's music. The San Diego Symphony's celebration continued with strong, well-played performances of Beethoven's Egmont Overture and sixth symphony. Principal Guest Conductor Edo de Waar...
BWW Review: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Winter Opera St. Louis Photo BWW Review: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT at Winter Opera St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - January 28, 2020

Winter Opera St. Louis continues its 13th season with a most charming production of Gaetano Donizetti's comic La fille du regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment)....
BWW Review: WHEN THERE ARE NINE at KC Lyric Opera Photo BWW Review: WHEN THERE ARE NINE at KC Lyric Opera
by Kelly Luck - January 20, 2020

'And Still We Dream' song cycle carries most of the weight of this rather thin production....
BWW Review: TŌN WITH TAN DUN! at Jazz At Lincoln Center Photo BWW Review: TŌN WITH TAN DUN! at Jazz At Lincoln Center
by Joanna Barouch - December 17, 2019

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) gave a stunning performance of works by Stravinsky, Debussy, Bartok, and Tan Dun on Sunday, December 15th 2019....
BWW Review: ANDREA BOCELLI at Capital One Arena Photo BWW Review: ANDREA BOCELLI at Capital One Arena
by Elliot Lanes - December 16, 2019

As a reviewer you hear lots of advance hype about a particular show or performer before having your own experience. Much of the time the hype doesn't live up to the end product. Selling over 90 million recordings opera singer Andrea Bocelli was definitely one of those performers who I had heard a lo...
BWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA'S AMAZING NIGHT at At The Balboa Theatre Photo BWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA'S AMAZING NIGHT at At The Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - December 16, 2019

The San Diego Opera's first Detour Series performance this season was 'One Amazing Night' with Soprano Ailyn Pérez, tenor Joshua Guerrero and accompanist Abdiel Vázquez. All are outstanding young award winners with impressive resumes. The first half featured operatic arias, enjoyable and worth the t...
BWW Review: Pacific Opera Project Presents A Cleverly Modern La bohème AKA “The Hipst Photo BWW Review: Pacific Opera Project Presents A Cleverly Modern La bohème AKA “The Hipsters”
by Shari Barrett - December 13, 2019

In the fifth incarnation of POP's trademark production, a new batch of hand-crafted, vegan, organically-sourced hipsters take the stage for what is quickly becoming an annual Los Angeles holiday tradition. In it, Puccini's 19th Century Parisian garret becomes a present-day Highland Park loft apartme...