Monthly Archives: November 2015

Nov. 21 LA Opera: Norma

Angela Meade (center) in the title role of LA Opera's production of Bellini's "Norma" (photo: Ken Howard)

LA Opera’s ‘Norma’ delights with superlative vocal efforts, insightful staging

Angela Meade, as the iconic Druid priestess, conquers Los Angeles

By James Sohre

If you were to take all the sopranos in our collective memory who conquered the Everest role of Norma and pooled all their strengths with none of the weaknesses, the result may come close to Angela Meade’s towering performance at Los Angeles Opera…

Nov. 6 Syracuse Opera: Glory Denied

Cast of Syracuse Opera's production of "Glory Denied" (from left: Ashly Neumann as the younger Alyce; Kevin Newell as the younger Thompson; Jennifer Goode Cooper as the older Alyce and Gregory Gerbrandt as the older Thompson

Acting, singing, staging ignite in Syracuse Opera’s ‘Glory Denied’

The company mounts a riveting production of Tom Cipullo’s opera about America’s longest-held POW

By David Abrams

From 1964 through his release from North Vietnam in 1973, Colonel Jim Thompson held the unfortunate distinction of being America’s longest-held prisoner of war. Upon release he returned home to a country, and marriage, that was largely unrecognizable from what he had left nine years earlier…