Opera

July 28 Glimmerglass: Ariadne in Naxos

Glimmerglass’s ‘Ariadne in Naxos’ a powerful showcase for a powerhouse soprano

Christine Goerke raises the roof in this unforgettable aural experience

By David Rubin

Paradise, at least for lovers of Richard Strauss and the female voice, came to the Glimmerglass Festival this week with its production of Ariadne in Naxos.

In the title role, soprano Christine Goerke (the festival’s Artist in Residence this season) delivered a majestic performance that combined a resonant, rolling sound with incredible range, flexibility and control…

July 20 Glimmerglass: An American Tragedy

Glimmerglass’s ‘An American Tragedy’ an American triumph

The opera’s three major roles, all played by Glimmerglass Young Artists, reveal the depth of talent within the company’s apprenticeship program

By David Rubin

The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York continued its 2014 season of operas that highlight Men Behaving Badly (Very Badly)…

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…

Nov. 9 Met simulcast: Tosca

The Met’s revival of Luc Bondy’s provocative ‘Tosca’ worth a second look 



The director’s controversial production of the beloved Puccini opera has not mellowed, but the audience may very well have



By David Abrams

It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since Luc Bondy’s controversial production of Tosca, which many had reviled as blasphemy.