August 20 Skaneateles Festival

August 20 Skaneateles Festival: Mendelssohn’s bicentennial birthday bash a smash

Listeners get to have their cake and eat it, too, at SkanFest ‘party’

By David Abrams

You only get to celebrate a 200th birthday once, and for Felix Mendelssohn the remarkable performance held in his honor at Thursday’s Skaneateles Festival concert was enough to make all his wishes – and those of the audience – come true…

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 …