David Rubin

Nov. 5 Met simulcast: Siegfried

Singers, orchestra dwarf Lepage’s mechanical monstrosity in the Met’s ‘Siegfried’

The über-expensive set offers little dramatic insight into the production and, if anything, impoverishes Wagner’s music drama. But with a performance this good, who cares?

By David Rubin

Audience reaction to the first two operas…

October 29 Met simulcast: Don Giovanni

The Met’s ‘Don Giovanni’ eschews gimmickry, lets Mozart’s masterpiece speak for itself

Mille e tre critics can’t be wrong — or can they? Michael Grandage’s controversial new production is better than the nay-sayers would have us believe

By David Rubin

Is there, really, much new that any director can say about Mozart’s Don Giovanni without doing violence…

October 15 Met simulcast: Anna Bolena

  Anna Netrebko packs house — and costume — in Met’s new production of Anna Bolena Girlish figure may be gone, but the Russian soprano cuts an otherwise convincing image as the tragic wife of Henry VIII in Donizetti’s opera By David Rubin As compelling musically as portions of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena are, it is…

July 10 Glimmerglass: Medea

Alexandra Deshorties carves indelible image as the wily sorceress in Glimmerglass’s ‘Medea’

The Canadian soprano slinks around the stage and delivers a jaw-dropping vocal performance not likely to be forgotten anytime soon

By David Rubin

To open its 2011 season, the Glimmerglass Festival outside Cooperstown, New York offered two French operas with strong (and nasty) women…

June 14-19 SF Opera: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Zambello strikes gold in San Francisco with intelligent ‘Ring Cycle’ that challenges conventions, rouses senses The celebrated director’s thought-provoking video projections throughout the cycle of music dramas stimulate the imagination, and outshine the singing By David Rubin San Francisco is a city with a strong commitment to environmental protection. So it is not surprising that…