David Abrams

July 13 Glimmerglass: Madame Butterfly

Glimmerglass’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ finds harmony in the clashing of cultures

The two female leads dominate the singing in Francesca Zambello’s insightfully staged production

By David Abrams

Staging Puccini’s beloved Madame Butterfly has its challenges. The storyline unfolds slowly, at times painfully so, and there’s precious little onstage action to sustain interest throughout the three-act drama…

Dec. 1 Civic Morning Musicals: Sarah Crocker Vonsattel & Company

CMM opens ‘Live! At The Everson’ series with outstanding program of piano trios

By David Abrams

Sunday afternoon was a homecoming of sorts for Sarah Crocker Vonsattel, the Elbridge-born-and-raised violinist and Juilliard grad who since 2008 has been a member of New York City’s prestigious Metropolitan Opera Orchestra…