Opera

Oct. 24 Met simulcast: Aïda

Oct. 24 Met simulcast: Ancient Egypt conquers Ethiopia, modern cameras defeat singers in ‘Aïda’

Principals sing beautifully but acting crumbles under the scrutiny of close-up camera angles

By David Abrams

The Ethiopians weren’t the only ones to go down during the October 24 Metropolitan Opera HD Live Simulcast of Aïda Saturday – a few actors joined the carnage as well…

October 10 MET Opera: Tosca

‘Tosca’ up-close and personal: HD Simulcast yields greater vision, insight into controversial production

By David Abrams

It may be too early to argue the relative merits of experiencing opera live in the theater and watching it live via high-definition simulcast broadcast, but one thing’s for certain: The more you see, the greater your vision…

July 25 Glimmerglass: The Consul

Glimmerglass cast thrilling, drama chilling in ‘The Consul’

Ideal cast in Menotti opera produces rewarding version of original Broadway play

By David Rubin

Gian Carlo Menotti’s chilling portrayal of the authoritarian state is as timely today as it was when it premiered on Broadway in 1950…

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 …