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Review: FALSTAFF at Union Avenue Opera Photo Review: FALSTAFF at Union Avenue Opera
by Steve Callahan - August 01, 2022

Verdi's Falstaff is another glittering gem in the train of Union Avenue Opera. I'm not a big fan of 're-purposing' classic plays. Poor Shakespeare! He's been subjected to such vandalism over the years with modern 'concept' versions of his works. No, I do not want to go to see a trendy lesbian-Hamlet...
Review: DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/THE MERRY WIDOW at Opera On The Lake Photo Review: DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/THE MERRY WIDOW at Opera On The Lake
by Jared Fessler - July 27, 2022

What did our critic think of THE MERRY WIDDOW at Opera On The Lake? Opera On the Lake is thrilled to be bringing Franz Lehar's operetta masterpiece to life at the Como Lakeside Pavilion on July 26, 27, and 29, 2022!...
Review: SUOR ANGELICA at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church Photo Review: SUOR ANGELICA at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church
by Barry Lenny - July 24, 2022

An intimate and sensitive performance....
Review: MANON at Opera Wroclaw Photo Review: MANON at Opera Wroclaw
by Natalia Jarczynska - July 21, 2022

What did our critic think of MANON at Opera Wroclaw? Manon has it all. Great duets, splendor, fantastic music, great scenography, perfect choir, and harmonious choreographies. This opera comique from the 19th century has a big come back after 40 years of absence on polish scenes, last production in ...
Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Des Moines Metro Opera Photo Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Des Moines Metro Opera
by DC Felton - July 13, 2022

Starting a theatre company is no easy feat, but for a theatre to be around for 50 years is something worth celebrating. You can celebrate 50 years with Des Moines Metro Opera this summer, which just opened up its 50th season with two spectacular productions. The season opened up a sold-out run of Th...
BWW Review: OTELLO, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: OTELLO, Royal Opera House
by Gary Naylor - July 13, 2022

Russell Thomas, Christopher Maltman and Hrachuhi Bassénz excel in an emotional and relevant production of Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's masterful study of jealousy, ruthlessness and much more....
Review: EUGENE ONEGIN at Union Avenue Opera Photo Review: EUGENE ONEGIN at Union Avenue Opera
by Steve Callahan - July 11, 2022

Glorious voices fill Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with beauty. After the tribulations of the pandemic the Union Avenue Opera returns to its lovely home. Here, in the nave of the Union Avenue Christian Church, the company presents first-class opera up-close and intimate. They open their 28th season with...
Review: OTTERBEIN'S PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Cowen Hall Photo Review: OTTERBEIN'S PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Cowen Hall
by Paul Batterson - July 14, 2022

What did our critic think of BWW REVIEWS: OTTERBEIN’S PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Cowen Hall? Otterbein University offers a much-needed refresher course in Gilbert and Sullivan with its presentation of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE for its final production of the summer season. The two-act comedic musical clo...
Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONCERT at The Rady Shell Photo Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONCERT at The Rady Shell
by Ron Bierman - July 03, 2022

What did our critic think of SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONCERT at The Rady Shell?...
Review: JOHN WILLIAMS 90TH BIRTHDAY GALA CONCERT at Kennedy Center Photo Review: JOHN WILLIAMS 90TH BIRTHDAY GALA CONCERT at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - June 27, 2022

109 film scores, lots of symphonic music, and the music you hear during the Olympics doesn't even begin to properly describe a true living musical legend like John Williams. His 50 years and 29 film association with Steven Spielberg is the longest relationship in film between a director and a compos...
Review: CENTER STAGE at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Photo Review: CENTER STAGE at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - June 23, 2022

What did our critic think? Center Stage is a great smörgåsbord of opera- No, no, that's far too Swedish and Lutheran and heavy. If the whole OTSL festival is a great feast, then Center Stage is the delicious icing on the top of that final cake. It's all dessert and no vegetables....
BWW Review: MADAME BUTTERFLY at Opera Wroclaw Photo BWW Review: MADAME BUTTERFLY at Opera Wroclaw
by Natalia Jarczynska - June 20, 2022

If you want to witness the materialization of the word beauty, see this show. With thrilling voices, amazing Puccini music, and vital presentation this opera will lead you straight to musical heaven....
BWW Review: A Revised, Dream-Haunted HARVEY MILK at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Photo BWW Review: A Revised, Dream-Haunted HARVEY MILK at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - June 13, 2022

A marvelously theatrical, dream-haunted evening tells of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk’s life and death....
BWW Review: AWAKENINGS at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Photo BWW Review: AWAKENINGS at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - June 08, 2022

Dr. Oliver Sacks' best seller becomes a fascinating opera with its world premiere at Opera Theatre Saint Louis. Read the review!...
BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Photo BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - May 31, 2022

The marvelous Opera Theatre of Saint Louis continues its festival season with perhaps the most popular opera in the world—Mozart’s glorious The Magic Flute! Read our BWW critic's review....
BWW Review: AKHNATEN at the Met Opera Photo BWW Review: AKHNATEN at the Met Opera
by George Weinhouse - May 26, 2022

One of the greatest successes of recent Met seasons is Philip Glass's AKHNATEN, first seen in 2019.I saw it three times that year and fell under its spell each time.It is being revived this season....
BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONCERT at Rady Shell Amphitheater Photo BWW Review: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONCERT at Rady Shell Amphitheater
by Ron Bierman - May 25, 2022

Musical impressionism ruled the San Diego Symphony’s early-evening Rady Shell concert this past weekend. First came conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s reaction to Nyx, a daughter of Chaos, the earliest Greek god. Nyx, rarely mentioned in extant ancient Greek-literature, is goddess of the night, ...
BWW Review: CARMEN at The Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: CARMEN at The Kennedy Center
by Rachael F. Goldberg - May 24, 2022

While this production of 'Carmen' is very traditional on its face, the thoughtfulness and sheer talent packed into this performance elevates it to something far more engaging, and absolutely enchanting. It’s more than worthy of audiences’ time, and hopefully WNO’s fresh interpretation will help audi...
BWW Review: PARK AVENUE CHAMBER SYMPHONY's Mahler's Fifth at DiMenna Center Photo BWW Review: PARK AVENUE CHAMBER SYMPHONY's Mahler's Fifth at DiMenna Center
by Joanna Barouch - May 23, 2022

When some people hear the word 'community' before the word(s) chorus, theater, band, or orchestra, they really hear 'amateur.' Although amateur means to do something for the love of it, the word also seems to have a negative connotation when it comes to quality. After all, if there's no money involv...
BWW Review: Odyssey Records Recording of HENRY VIII by Saint-Saens Photo BWW Review: Odyssey Records Recording of HENRY VIII by Saint-Saens
by George Weinhouse - May 20, 2022

A new recording of Saint-Saens's opera HENRY VIII, by Odyssey Opera, has come my way. It is a complete version of the work which is dated 1883. Odyssey Opera is a company dedicated to the performance of operas that are out of the mainstream but are deemed worthy of recognition. ...
BWW Review: San Diego Opera's Production of AGING MAGICIAN at The Balboa Theatre Show Photo BWW Review: San Diego Opera's Production of AGING MAGICIAN at The Balboa Theatre Shows Off Magical Mystery
by Ron Bierman - May 20, 2022

'What the hell was that?' an opera fan asked her friend as we shuffled into a parking-garage elevator. Not an easily answered question after a viewing of AGING MAGICIAN. Ambiguity abounds and reality is mixed with fantasy. The reality side is clear, mostly. Harold is a middle-aged watch repairman...
BWW Review: ST. MATTHEW PASSION at Carnegie Hall Photo BWW Review: ST. MATTHEW PASSION at Carnegie Hall
by George Weinhouse - May 17, 2022

Bernard Labadie led a transcendent performance of Bach's ST.MATTHEW PASSION at Carnegie Hall....
BWW Review: ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK SPRING CONCERT at Carnegie Hall Photo BWW Review: ORATORIO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK SPRING CONCERT at Carnegie Hall
by Joanna Barouch - May 15, 2022

Bible stories are not always the easiest to listen to, and sometimes have the net effect of putting the listener to sleep. When Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was inspired to write about the life of the prophet Elijah, however, he took the story to the next level...
BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA's Powerhouse Cast and Crew Provide a Timeless, Stunning Produ Photo BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA's Powerhouse Cast and Crew Provide a Timeless, Stunning Production of The Verdi Classic at the Canadian Opera Company
by Isabella Perrone - April 27, 2022

The Canadian Opera Company marked its return-to-stage after nearly two years with this all-around stunning production of one of Verdi’s most well-known works. Clocking in at just shy of three hours, the four-act opera tells the tale of Parisian courtesan Violetta (Amina Edris, making her COC debut) ...
BWW Review: THE PEARL FISHERS Proves to Be a Real Catch at The Dallas Opera Photo BWW Review: THE PEARL FISHERS Proves to Be a Real Catch at The Dallas Opera
by Zac Thriffiley - April 06, 2022

The Dallas Opera's production of Bizet's THE PEARL FISHERS acts as a satisfying palate cleanser, providing the talent audiences have come to expect from the company as well as a dream of a show....