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Glimmerglass Festival

by B.A. Nilsson July 23, 2015


  Even as the characters of Macbeth and his wife inspire each other to greater acts of infamy, so too do the roles that Verdi created vie in the realm of vocal demands. But with two ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff January 9, 2014


  The centerpiece of Saturday night’s program being offered by the Albany Symphony is Brahms’ grand Piano Concerto No. 2. Following the logical premise that a great work is best served by a great artist, pianist ...

Palace Theatre

Enso String Quartet

by The Staff August 22, 2013


  If you’ve noticed more music by Benjamin Britten and Giuseppe Verdi being performed this summer, that’s because it’s the centennial of the birth of England’s Britten, and the bicentennial of the birth of Italy’s Verdi. The ...

Maverick Concert Hall

Comedy Is Not Pretty

by B.A. Nilsson August 15, 2013


  A large, ornate picture frame dominates Court Watson’s set for the Glimmerglass Festival’s production of the Verdi’s rarely seen Un giorno di regno, presented in English as King for a Day. Smaller frames periodically fly ...

Glimmerglass Festival

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 ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

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, ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

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 ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Opera Saratoga

by The Staff July 5, 2012


Opera Saratoga (we still have to stop ourselves from typing “Lake George Opera”) will return to SPAC this weekend for their short but sweet season in residence at the Spa Little Theater. This year they’re offering ...

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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 ...