Monthly Archives: July 2010

July 18 Glimmerglass (Abrams): Tolomeo

Handel’s ‘Tolomeo’ at Glimmerglass: Fair, but not balanced

Glimmerglass Opera presents a musically satisfying production of Handel’s handsome though largely-ignored opera, but production’s tragi-comic elements out of whack

By David Abrams

No one need explain the subtleties of tragedy and comedy to Mel Brooks, who famously proclaimed, “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”

Glimmerglass Opera’s farcical production of Handel’s opera seria, Tolomeo, which received its North American premiere Sunday under the direction of Chas Rader-Shieber, suggests that opera directors using humor as a device to make Handel’s dramatic works more relevant to modern audiences may, like the incorrigible Mr. Brooks, be working from a faulty model…

July 10 Glimmerglass: The Tender Land

Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ lacks inspiration, dramatic tension ― and most everything else

Glimmerglass Opera’s Young Artists perform well, but the infectious melodic and rhythmic zest of Copland’s ballets come up missing in this opera

By David Rubin

Glimmerglass Opera employed all the elements required…

July 11 Glimmerglass: Tosca

Lise Lindstrom, strong supporting cast forge noteworthy ‘Tosca’ at Glimmerglass

Former GO Director Michael MacLeod leaves behind a fitting legacy with this memorable production of the Puccini favorite

By David Rubin

Glimmerglass Opera hit on a winning formula last season…