Archive | 2005-2017: William’s Reviews

Reviews of operas attended since June, 2005

Review: Chicago’s Imaginative New “Walküre”: Goerke, Owens, Jovanovich, Strid Excel – Lyric Opera, November 30, 2017

Chicago’s Lyric Opera mounted its momentous new David Pountney production of “Die Walküre”, the second of the four operas of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelungs”. “Die Walküre” requires six principal singers. It enlists an additional eight female voices for the third act scene containing the famous “Ride of the Valkyries”. For its new production, the Lyric […]

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Review: “Pearl Fishers”: Polenzani, Kwiecien, Rebeka, Silvestrelli in Magnificently Sung Performance – Lyric Opera of Chicago, November 29, 2017

Chicago’s Lyric Opera mounted Dame Zandra Rhodes’ exotic production of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” with a stellar cast led by Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Marius Kwiecien as Zurga, Marina Rebeka as Leila and Andrea Silvestrelli as Nourabad. Each of the three principal artists (Leila, Nadir and Zurga) who form a triangle of love and friendship have […]

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World Premiere Review: Adams’ “Girls of the Golden West”, San Francisco Opera, November 21, 2017

Three decades ago the team of composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars (with librettist Alice Goodman) created “Nixon in China”, one of the most durable operatic works of the late 20th century. Sellars and Adams joined forces again for “Girls of the Golden West”, with Sellars as both director and librettist. Their collaboration produced […]

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