Il trittico: slices of Puccini
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1w ago
To this reviewer, Il Tabarro most certainly sounds like a Puccini opera – right from the opening chords which become a recurring motif – and there are several stand-alone solos that aren’t as famous as those from his other operas, but in the hands (or throat) of the right performer they can stop the show ..read more
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A Triumph for Tosca at the Adrienne Arsht Center
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1w ago
Toni Marie Palmertree, who portrayed Floria Tosca, delivered a truly remarkable performance. Her voice was powerful, clear, and expressive, capturing the complex emotions of the character with ease. Palmertree's acting was equally impressive, embodying Tosca's fiery temperament and vulnerabilities masterfully ..read more
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Bluebeard’s music shines, with Alma’s highlights
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1w ago
The last of the four songs is actually quite dark in a way that fits the quizzically gothic ending of Bluebeard's Castle pretty perfectly, so it ended up forming an arc that actually did somehow add to one of opera's most perfect endings ..read more
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Expect the Spanish Inquisition at Heroic Opera's Don Carlo
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2w ago
"The characters are flawed, but some take those flaws and make their world better, and others use it to the detriment of others. Power doesn't have to be evil, but the intersection of power, greed, and relentless injustice is terrifying ..read more
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Fantasy is for The Birds
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1M ago
De Sévigné’s performance was ethereal and lovely. With a fuller, more mature sound that has maintained all of its agility and height, she soared effortlessly in lengthy, dazzling coloratura over ensembles, duets, and choruses with incredible skill ..read more
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A Midsummer’s Night in Mid-winter Vancouver
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1M ago
An absolute show-stealer, and it was obvious the performers were having as much fun with the scene as the audience was ..read more
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David Lang: high art in lowercase
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1M ago
"When I started giving my pieces silly titles and putting them all in lowercase, it took the pressure off me to be a genius, and then I could concentrate on just writing my music ..read more
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The Cleveland Orchestra brings radical refinement to Carnegie Hall
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1M ago
With the first Berg-to-Schubert transition, virtually seamless though that was hardly the primary intent, Welser-Möst made clear that these works, written just over a century apart, were part of a musical continuum ..read more
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Marina Costa-Jackson: "You just have to do it, a lot."
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1M ago
"Puccini really captured the raw emotionality of a mother. He always wrote his ladies so well but specifically, with Suor Angelica, there's a deep sorrow there that makes it very interesting to portray. Being a mother now, it gives me a new perspective on it. It connects on a deeper level. Frankly it's a very hard aria to get through with dry eyes ..read more
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SongStudio: Lied-ing the way
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1M ago
If opera can be seen as a circle struggling to widen the circumference of its audience, concerts consisting of song alone are a much smaller and much more esoteric circle. Ms. Fleming is trying to change that and is currently devoting her life to ensuring that there will be at least one more generation of song artists ..read more
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