Review: Houston Grand Opera’s Resilient “Julius Caesar” Showcases Anthony Roth Costanzo and Stellar Cast – October 27, 2017

The Houston Grand Opera revived its 2003 James Robinson production of Handel’s “Julius Caesar”. The production presents Handel’s best known opera – whose story is roughly based on historical events of the first century B.C. – as a company of film actors preparing a 1930s Hollywood cinema spectacular. Robinson’s inventive evocation of 1930s Hollywood is obviously […]

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Review: A Power House Dallas Opera “Samson” with Borodina, Forbis, Fink – October 25, 2017

The Dallas Opera, whose conducting staff is led by its French-born Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, chose Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila” from the heart of the Romantic French operatic repertory, as the opera to open its 61st season. [Below: Dalila (Olga Borodina, right) is determined to seduce Samson (Clifton Forbis, left) as part of an […]

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In Quest of Operas by Berlioz, Bizet and Massenet – November 2017 – March 1018

I will be reporting on four operas by 19th century Parisian composers Hector Berlioz, Georges Bizet and Jules Masssenet:   Manon (Massenet), San Francisco Opera, November 4, 7, 10, 16, 19(m) and 22, 2017. Ellie Dehn is Manon and Michael Fabiano is the Chevalier des Grieux in a Vincent Broussard staging of Massenet’s “Manon”, conducted […]

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