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Cato in Utica

by B.A. Nilsson August 20, 2015


  “Et in Arcadia ego” is inscribed on one of the trompe l’oeil stones forming the backdrop to Cato’s encampment in north Africa. “I am in Paradise,” the phrase suggests, and it’s an inscription often found ...

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Entry-Level Mozart

by David King July 30, 2015


  The Magic Flute has and always will be absurd, nonsensical and up for wide interpretation. The Glimmerglass performance of the piece wasn’t designed to change any of this but instead offer modern audiences, youth especially, ...

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The Best of All Possible Shows

by David King July 30, 2015


  Voltaire’s Candide is a satire aimed directly at the teachings of philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who preached that our world is the best of all possible worlds that God could have created despite the horrors ...

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The Wreckers

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Bard SummerScape is in full swing: They’ve already presented dance and theater, with ongoing events in the Spiegeltent (see the Noteworthy page for the next show), a film series and the Bard Music Festival coming ...

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Giulio Cesare in Egitto

by The Staff September 18, 2014


  LarkFest is not the only cultural happening in Albany’s Center Square neighborhood this weekend. Bookending this year’s fest are two performances (Friday night and Sunday afternoon) of George Frideric Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto. This ...

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Master Director

by B.A. Nilsson August 14, 2014


  “The performing arts, literature, the visual arts—these are what draw our attention to aspects of our lives that we otherwise wouldn’t notice,” says Jonathan Miller, who celebrated the uniquely human ability to suspend belief during ...

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Glorious Suffering

by B.A. Nilsson August 1, 2013


  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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by The Staff July 24, 2013


  This year’s Bard SummerScape is constructed around the world of composer Igor Stravinsky. (More about him next month.) This season’s opera offering is the first fully staged production of Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia outside of Russia ...

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Master and Commander

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2013


  First let’s salute scenic designer James Noone. If we’re not going to inhabit Norwegian cliffs, we need something as eye-catching as the abstraction of ship and rigging that framed the stage. But then let’s thank ...

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Tweeting Verdi

by David King February 20, 2013


  Opera with a Tweet. It may sound like a hokey idea—perhaps even one that could derail an opera. Why do we care about what characters are Tweeting at each other? Won’t it take the viewer ...

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La Traviata

by The Staff February 7, 2013


  Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre have made a name for themselves—and built a nice following—up yonder at historic, lovely Hubbard Hall in Cambridge. If you have not yet made the trek to check them out, however, ...

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A True Blockbuster

by B.A. Nilsson July 11, 2012


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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Lend Me a Tenor

by The Staff February 22, 2012


Beginning Friday night, Curtain Call Theatre is presenting Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, a 1986 comedy set in 1930s Cleveland. More specifically, it’s described as a “screwball comedy,” a term that suggests something sophisticated, sublime ...

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by B.A. Nilsson July 20, 2011


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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Mamma Mia!

by B.A. Nilsson July 14, 2011

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Murdering your children always grabs headlines, and Greek mythological Medea long ago grabbed the title of most famous filicide. Her story varies from source to source, but by the time Luigi Cherubini got hold of ...

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Boston Early Music Festival

by The Staff June 22, 2011


We know, you’re thinking “the Boston Early Music what?” After eight days of wall-to-wall programming in its namesake city, the Boston Early Music Festival arrives in Great Barrington, Mass., this weekend to present two operas ...

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