‘CVNA’ Rounds Up Critics’ Coverage Of Sarasota Verdi Fest

Gaston (Heath Huberg) kneels, falsely accused of treachery in Verdi's rarely performed 'Jérusalem' at the Sarasota Opera 2014 (Rod Millington)
Gaston (Heath Huberg) kneels, falsely accused of treachery in Verdi’s rarely performed ‘Jérusalem,’ Sarasota Opera 2014
(Production photos by Rod Millington)
From the Editor’s Desk

Ten members of the Music Critics Association of North America headed south in March 2014 to cover Sarasota Opera’s latest installment of its ongoing Verdi cycle. CVNA published an in-depth introduction, reviews of all the main events, and thought-provoking commentary on the importance of these offerings – and the music – in the overall scheme of things. Then, when our members returned home,  some wrote additional columns on the mini-festival. We are pleased to provide links to all these articles here, in one convenient place.

In Classical Voice North America:

Manrico (Dougherty) learns curious news from Azucena (Mezzacappa).
Manrico (K. Dougherty) and Azucena (M. Mezzacappa) in ‘Trovatore.’

1. Sarasota’s Verdi Crusade Advances With Jérusalem, by John Fleming

2. Flying Dutchman Weathers Rough Seas In Sarasota, by Roy C. Dicks

3. As Sarasota Opera Eyes Verdi Prize, Trovatore Suffers, by George Loomis

4. Sarasota Jérusalem Puts Sharp Accent On Revised Verdi, by Arthur Kaptainis

5. Verdi Champions Chorus Case For His Early Operas, by Lawrence B. Johnson

6. Sarasota Venue’s Sound Can’t Keep Musicians Down, by William Littler

From other publications:

7. Rare Jerusalem stands out at Sarasota Opera, by John Fleming, for the Tampa Bay Times.

8. Jérusalem, Sarasota Opera, Florida, by George Loomis, for The Financial Times.

9. Sarasota Aisle: Chicago maestro Mei-Ann Chen captures audience and accolades in Florida, by Lawrence B. Johnson, for Chicago On the Aisle.

10. Rare Verdi, rarefied performance: Sarasota Opera presents a vacation opportunity in terms of repertoire and respect for source material, not just geography, by Arthur Kaptainis

11. Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Project Sets the Standard with Jérusalem, by Roy C. Dicks, for his CVNA blog, “What’s the Score?”

12. “Jérusalem”: A Verdi Rarity at Sarasota Opera, by Leslie Kandell, for her blog, Notes on Notes.

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