Category Archives: Reviews

Reviews of operas, plays, movies, etc. that I have seen.

Anna Netrobko leads a Stunning Aida

The Metropolitan Opera (‘The Met’) opened their 2018-2019 Live in HD broadcast series with a performance of Guiseppe Verdi’s Aida.  The production has been in their repertoire for a number of years now, but is still visually stunning, and was … Continue reading

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Eugene Onegin Soars at the COC

I attended the second performance of the Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) production of Eugene Onegin at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on October 4th, 2018.  And it was worth every minute. The production is new for the … Continue reading

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The King and I at the Princess of Wales

I attended the matinee performance on July 14th of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I at the Princess of Wales. The production starred Jose Llana (The King of Siam), Elena Shaddow (Anna Leonowens), Joan Almedilla (Lady Thiang), Brian … Continue reading

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Sondra Radvanovsky owns Anna Bolena at the COC

I attended the last performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Canadian Opera Company on May 26th, 2018.  The opera stars Sondra Radvanovsky, who owns the title role of Anna Bolena. The performance stars Ms. Radvanovsky, and also features Christian … Continue reading

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Luisa Miller: Live in HD

I attended the April 14 2018 Metropolitan Opera‘s Live in HD Broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi‘s Luisa Miller.  This is the first time since 2006 that the opera has been performed by the Met, but it was worth the wait. The … Continue reading

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Tosca Succeeds in HD

On Saturday January 27th, 2018 the Metropolitan Opera (The Met) aired their new production of Puccini’s Tosca.  The director for this production is Sir David McVicar, with sets and costumes by John Macfarlane, and lighting by David Finn.  The conductor … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Der Rosenkavalier Live in HD

On May 13th 2017, I attended the Metropolitan Opera’s (Met Opera) last Live in HD broadcast for the 2016-2017 season.  The opera was Richard Strauss‘ Der Rosenkavalier. This is a new production directed by Robert Carsen with sets by Paul … Continue reading

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A Tale of Contradictions: Louis Riel at the COC

I attended the May 5th 2017 performance of the Canadian Opera Company‘s (COC) production of Louis Riel. The production stars Russell Braun as Louis Riel, Simone Osborne as Marguerite Riel, Allyson McHardy as Julie Riel, James Westman as Sir John … Continue reading

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Singers Shine in Götterdämmerung

I attended the February 17th, 2017 performance of Götterdämmerung at the Canadian Opera Company.  The production stars Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde), Andreas Schager (Siegfried), Ain Anger (Hagen), Martin Gantner (Gunther).  The production is conducted by the COC Music Director Johannes Debus, … Continue reading

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Nabucco a Success in HD Broadcast

The Metropolitan Opera presented the last of performance of its current run of Nabucco as part of its Live in HD broadcasts on January 7th, 2017.  It was a delightful afternoon. The production was directed by Elijah Moshinsky, with sets … Continue reading

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