By Jeff Dunn
SAN FRANCISCO – The plan looked puzzling on paper: two unaccompanied choral works in a bimodal program honoring Ives and Kubrick. But in his concert with orchestral and choral forces, Michael Tilson Thomas made clear his intent.
By Diane Windeler
SAN ANTONIO – Is it wise to launch a new opera company in a new hall with a children’s opera? The answer, based on Opera San Antonio’s offering of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, after a story by Roald Dahl, appears to be yes.
By Rron Karahoda
NEW YORK – A transgender individual and a trio of mythic seductresses are the subjects of operas by Laura Kaminsky and Kate Soper, giving voice to characters struggling to understand themselves in As One and Here Be Sirens.
By Susan Brodie
NEW YORK – Supported by a veteran cast, soprano Anna Netrebko gave a dramatically thrilling and vocally satisfying performance in her debut in one of Verdi’s most difficult roles, laying Lady Macbeth’s feral character bare.
By Earl Arthur Love
MONTREAL – With a superb cast including Ukrainian soprano Tatiana Melnychenko in the mercilessly difficult role of Abigaille, Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ offered a powerful beginning to the opera season despite anachronisms and tired paint.
By Nancy Malitz
NEW YORK — First-nighters at the Metropolitan Opera made it past protesters of future programming to attend a new Nozze di Figaro in which everyone has sex on the brain and “downstairs” culture has the definite edge.
By Mike Greenberg
SAN ANTONIO — It’s back to its original location for the San Antonio Symphony. Tobin Center’s new H-E-B Hall is designed by LMN Architects and Akustiks as a shoebox with a proscenium and perforated wood side panels that glow.