Syracuse Opera

Feb. 5 Syracuse Opera: La Bohème

Danielle Pastin (standing) and Casey Finnigan star as Mimi and Rodolfo in the 2016 Syracuse Opera production of Puccini'd "La Boheme"

Syracuse Opera presents a well staged but vocally unspectacular ‘La Bohème’

The set, save for some ineffective props, looks good — but the production lacks the necessary chemistry between Mimi and Rodolfo

By David Abrams

I’m not sure what caused the fire alarms to sound at the Crouse-Hinds Theater shortly before the final act of the Syracuse Opera production of La Bohème. But it was easy to rule out what little sparks had been flying between the two principal characters up to that point…

Nov. 6 Syracuse Opera: Glory Denied

Cast of Syracuse Opera's production of "Glory Denied" (from left: Ashly Neumann as the younger Alyce; Kevin Newell as the younger Thompson; Jennifer Goode Cooper as the older Alyce and Gregory Gerbrandt as the older Thompson

Acting, singing, staging ignite in Syracuse Opera’s ‘Glory Denied’

The company mounts a riveting production of Tom Cipullo’s opera about America’s longest-held POW

By David Abrams

From 1964 through his release from North Vietnam in 1973, Colonel Jim Thompson held the unfortunate distinction of being America’s longest-held prisoner of war. Upon release he returned home to a country, and marriage, that was largely unrecognizable from what he had left nine years earlier…

Feb. 6 Syracuse Opera: A Little Night Music

Syracuse Opera’s ‘A Little Night Music’ a little too lean

With a pit orchestra of only six players and no projected titles, Sondheim’s “operetta” doesn’t seem whole

By David Abrams

There’s little point in arguing whether Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music is, at its core, a musical or an operetta. It could be either, depending on the resources put into the production effort. Syracuse Opera chose to trumpet the work as “operetta,” not musical theater, during the weeks leading up to Friday’s premiere. And that label calls into question the company’s use of a chamber-sized pit orchestra…

Oct. 24 Syracuse Opera: Die Fledermaus

Syracuse Opera’s ‘Die Fledermaus’ bubbles over with fun, laughter and irresistible music

The company uncorks its 40th Anniversary season with a visually and musically satisfying production of Johann Strauss Jr.’s farcical operetta

By David Abrams

First, a disclaimer: If you attend Sunday’s final production of Die Fledermaus, don’t come expecting anything even remotely serious. This isn’t Don Giovanni. It’s more like Dom Perignon. But if you’re looking for a good time, you’re headed for the right place…