Opera singer Eric Owens, from Glimmerglass Festival to Washington National Opera

Melody Moore as Lady Macbeth and Eric Owens as Macbeth in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Macbeth. (Photo: Karli Cadel)

I interviewed Eric Owens, the world-renowned bass-baritone, in the beautiful surroundings of Glimmerglass Festival. He had just come off a performance of Verdi’s Macbeth two nights before and was preparing to work with singers from the Young Artists Program. Soon he would be appearing alongside Artistic Director Francesca Zambello pre-show to greet audiences and encourage […]

Glimmerglass Festival: no better place for The Magic Flute and Candide

David Garrison as Voltaire in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Bernstein's Candide. (Photo: Karli Cadel)

On this the fortieth anniversary of the Glimmerglass Festival, Artistic Director Francesca Zambello has delivered to us two big valentines of shows: Mozart’s much beloved work The Magic Flute and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

A haunting Macbeth at Glimmerglass Festival

Melody Moore as Lady Macbeth in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of Macbeth. (Photo: Karli Cadel)

The general understanding in theatre is that there is a curse on Shakespeare’s Scottish play. I wonder in Anne Bogart’s new operatic production at Glimmerglass Festival, despite some wonderful singing, whether some of that curse didn’t leak over to create a bit of a soggy mash of an interpretation of Verdi’s opera.

Stunning premiere for Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica at Glimmerglass Festival


There is something very special about attending the premiere of a great work, where all discoveries happen in real time. Saturday evening the energy was electrifying, filled with gasps and eruptions of spontaneous applause. The production was indeed stunning from the opening moment.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ‘On Opera and the Law’ at Glimmerglass Festival

Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg at The Glimmerglass Festival, 2015 (Photo: Karli Cadel

Two giants were in fulsome display at Glimmerglass Festival on Saturday, both alike in dignity: the notorious RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and Roman Republic’s own Cato the Younger. Both stand as well-deserved heroes and staunch defenders of their respective republics.

Scalia/Ginsburg opera debuts at Castleton Festival

John Overholt and Ellen Wieser in Scalia/Ginsburg at Castleton Festival

With Scalia/Ginsburg, Derrick Wang’s delightful mash of an opera, the composer shamelessly steals from almost every major composer and switches styles with alacrity, even setting some American anthems to quirky operatic use. It signifies his knowledge and relish of the entire operatic repertoire and marks his celebration of Justice Ginsburg as the genre’s great champion. […]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a highlight at Castleton Festival

On July 16 and 19, young talents of the CATS program perform scenes from popular op-eras & musicals in the intimate Theatre House at Castleton Festival. Ekaterina Metlova shown here (Photo: Raymond Boc)

The highly anticipated first entrance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to deliver what has become her signature off-the-bench talk, “Law in Opera,” begins off-stage left where a slight, frail shadow gets projected on the walls by the flashlight helping her on stage, then it grows to become enormous, thrilling, filling the wall and throwing the […]

Rossini’s Cinderella at The Kennedy Center (review)

The cast of Cinderella (Photo: Scott Suchman)

Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera, La Cenerentola, here titled Cinderella, is full of vibrantly-colored costumes, wild wigs, a thrilling gallop of a score, charming voices, and delightfully cavorting mice – well, giant-sized rats – but is it funny and family friendly? Stage Director Joan Font has indeed pulled out all the stops in choreographed scenes and […]

Blue Viola, a bluesy, jazzy new opera from UrbanArias

Alicia Olatuja. (Photo:  C. Stanley Photography)

What would you call the blend of music and genre in UrbanArias’ world premiere Blue Viola? Standard terms like “chamber opera,” “folk opera,” or “comic opera” fall short. Is it Chicago opera? Rosewood blues? Whatever you might call it, it is funny, thought-provoking, absorbing, and certainly not what most of you imagine when you think […]

Don Giovanni, a seductive romp from In Series


The In Series Pocket Opera Company is using its gifted creative team, librettist Bari Biern and stage director Tom Mallan, to the utmost, for a bold, new venture, Don Giovanni, one of Mozart’s most demanding operas.

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