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Francesca Zambello

High and Low

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

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  Two fish-out-of-water stories that nevertheless couldn’t be more dissimilar find a young Japanese woman trying to please her American lover by herself becoming as American as possible--and a starry-eyed composer forced to allow a commedia ...

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Glorious Suffering

by B.A. Nilsson August 1, 2013

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  Musical portraits of suffering and pain probably go back to the beginnings of song, and the musical techniques of rendering it have since then grown ever more intricate. Our ears are long accustomed to the ...

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A True Blockbuster

by B.A. Nilsson July 11, 2012

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Your average (and I do mean average) summer blockbuster movie has nothing on an old-fashioned, big-assed production of Aida. No amount of CGI can match the spectacle of livestock lumbering across the stage as a ...

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Musical Change, Social Change

by B.A. Nilsson May 30, 2012

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  Francesca Zambello had what could be argued was the best possible Metropolitan Opera directorial debut: Her 1992 production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor was all but booed off the stage. (The audience reacted with “a ...

Bull’s-eye!

by B.A. Nilsson July 20, 2011

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Newly installed Glimmerglass Opera artistic director Francesca Zambello plans to nestle an American musical theater piece among the operatic offerings every summer, presented in a manner as close as possible to the original production. This summer, ...

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