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Superlative: Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nadine Sierra, Ensemble Dancers Superb in Jessica Lang’s Visualization of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater – Glimmerglass Festival, July 20, 2013

In one of the most extraordinary experiences an operagoer is likely to see, the Glimmerglass Festival mounted Jessica Lang’s production of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s 1736 “Stabat Mater (There Stands the Mother)” based on a 13th century Latin poem of uncertain authorship. The vocal music, written for two high voices, was sung by Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo […]

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Superlative: Britten’s “Albert Herring” Brings Big Time Laugh-in to Santa Fe Opera – August 25, 2010

Santa Fe Opera audiences have been treated in recent years to two of England’s great composer Benjamin Britten’s most gritty – and greatest – works, most recently his “Billy Budd” in the 2008 season reviewed by your website host William (who noted it as one of his most superlative productions ever), a hard-edged, gut-wrenching maritime […]

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Superlative: Original 1951 “Billy Budd” Catches the Santa Fe Wind – August 14, 2008

Santa Fe Opera, now well into its second half-century, finally has chosen to include Britten’s 57 year old opera, “Billy Budd”, into its repertoire. Although it is hardly appropriate to say it was worth the wait for the first presentation of an opera that many other opera companies have presented several times, there are features about […]

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