David Abrams

August 20 Skaneateles Festival

August 20 Skaneateles Festival: Mendelssohn’s bicentennial birthday bash a smash

Listeners get to have their cake and eat it, too, at SkanFest ‘party’

By David Abrams

You only get to celebrate a 200th birthday once, and for Felix Mendelssohn the remarkable performance held in his honor at Thursday’s Skaneateles Festival concert was enough to make all his wishes – and those of the audience – come true…

July 18 Glimmerglass: La Traviata

July 18 Glimmerglass Opera: ‘La Traviata’ sparkles despite uneven cast

Mary Dunleavy’s ‘Violetta’ carries the production

By David Abrams

If Jonathan Miller’s new production of La Traviata proves anything, it’s that if push comes to shove, a “fallen woman” can stand on her own…

July 19 Glimmerglass: La Cenerentola

‘La Cenerentola’ an ensemble delight

Clever staging, superb singing yields laughs galore – and a whole lot more…

By David Abrams

Brother, can you spare a dime? Well, hold on to your change: Glimmerglass Opera’s new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, set here in Depression-era America circa 1933, creates a “New Deal” of its own …