We are here to encourage the development of gifted young singers and to stimulate the growth of New York City's invaluable chamber opera companies. But we will not neglect the Metropolitan Opera either. Get ready for bouquets and brickbats.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
GOOD WITCH BAD WITCH
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Labels: Alessandra Altieri, Brian Alvarado, Charles Weaver, Christopher Fotis, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Merav Eldan, Micaela Aldridge, Nobuki Momma, Robin Clifford, Sarah Young, Stephanie Feigenbaum, Tyler Dobies
Friday, August 23, 2019
A STUNNING NEW OPERA
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Labels: Bea Goodwin, Connor Lidell, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Elyse Kakacek, Eric Lindsey, Gabriel Hernandez, Jeffrey Mandelbaum, Kristina Malinauskaite, MaKayla McDonald, Nicholle Bittlingmeyer, Whitney George
Thursday, August 22, 2019
AN EXALTATION OF WOMEN
|Lisa Faieta and Gabriel Hernandez (photo by Brian E. Long)|
We wish we could say the same about the third part of the evening. We have seen a number of plays and films about Mary Queen of Scots which fascinated us but Thea Musgrave's opera missed the mark in spite of Emily Bishai's apt direction and some superb performances by soprano Lisa Faieta as the titular character, tenor Gabriel Hernandez as James, Earl of Bothwell who was supposed to be her protector, Connor Lidell as her brother James, and Jonathan Harris as Lord Gordon. Andrea Howland was affecting as the Queen's companion, also named Mary.
The problem for us lay in the unmusical music and awkward libretto. Although Ms. Musgrave has an excellent reputation in academic and critical circles, we simply could not get involved. Ms. Musgrave wrote her own libretto but the words seemed shoehorned into the vocal line, which was, in any case, non-melodic. The hoped for marriage between language and line was woefully missing. Much as we cared for Mrs. Woodhull in the prior scenes we found ourselves not caring at all for the destiny of the Queen. So unfortunate to have an excellent evening end in disappointment!
Director Emily Bishai succeeded in keeping the story moving, although the sword fight was somewhat less than convincing. Jessie Chen's set comprised a bed and a chair. Whitney George effectively conducted the chamber orchestra.
Well, two out of three ain't bad! We are looking forward to tonight's performance of Princess Maleine, composed by Whitney George, whose work is unfamiliar to us, with libretto by Brittany Goodwin, whose work we have always admired. Perhaps we will have an opportunity to get a better appreciation of the versatility of the singers.
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Labels: Anna Woiwood, Brian Alvarado, Cory Gross, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Gabriel Hernandez, Geddy Warner, Heather Bobeck, Jessica Harika, Kristina Malinauskaite, Lisa Faieta, MaKayla McDonald
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
A SAD BUT BEAUTIFUL FAREWELL TO SANTA FE OPERA APPRENTICES
Posted by meche at 5:34 PM No comments:
Labels: Alan Higgs, Bille Bruley, Cory McGee, David Paul, Duke Kim, Elliot Paige, Hayan Kim, Jana McIntyre, Paul Curran, Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Sunwoo Park, Sylvia D'Eramo, Tyler Zimmerman
Sunday, August 18, 2019
ADULTING in the 19th century
(Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera)
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Labels: Dale Travis, Duke Kim, Elliott Paige, Gabriella Reyes, Giuseppe Giacosa, La Boheme, Luigi Illica, Mario Chang, Mary Birnbaum, Puccini, Solomon Howard, Vanessa Vasquez, Will Liverman, Zachary Nelson
Friday, August 16, 2019
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Labels: Alan Higgs, Alexander Lewis, Gina Perregrino, Jana McIntyre, Jenufa, Laura Wilde, Leos Janacek, Patricia Racette, Richard Trey Smagur, Santa Fe Opera, Susan Mentzer, Sylvia D'Eramo, Will Liverman
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
INFIDELITY AND BETRAYAL
Posted by meche at 6:22 AM No comments:
Labels: Amanda Majeski, Ben Bliss, Cosi fan Tutte, Emily d'Angelo, Harry Bicket, Jarrett Ott, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart, Paul Tate DePoo III, R.B. Schlather, Rod Gilfry, Santa Fe Opera, Terese Wadden, Tracy Dahl
Monday, August 12, 2019
THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT
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Labels: Alan Higgs, Alec Carlson, Brent-Michael Smith, Gina Perregrino, Jarett Logan Porter, Joseph Tancredi, Kate Farrar, Katherine DeYoung, Mary-Hollis Hundley, Robert Stanley, SFO Apprentice Program, Will Hughes
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