Tag Archive for Barbara Willis Sweete

Mar. 2 Met simulcast: Parsifal

Blood and guts: The Met’s ‘Parsifal’ a vocal and instrumental triumph

François Girard’s symbolist rendition of Wagner’s morality play offers ample room for interpretation, but little insight into the composer’s mystifying libretto

By David Abrams

François Girard’s daring new Metropolitan Opera production of Parsifal…

Dec. 1 Met simulcast: La Clemenza di Tito

The Met’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ blends inspired singing with dazzling wind obbligatos

The live HD simulcast of Mozart’s final operatic effort, set in ancient Rome, reached friends, Romans and countrymen the world over

By David Abrams

The Roman Emperor Titus was by all accounts a forgiving man. At least when compared to the likes of Caligula, Nero and Commodus…

Jan. 8 Met simulcast: La Fanciulla del West

The Met saddles up ‘La Fanciulla del West’ and rides the happy trails –– bumps and all

Revival of Giancarlo del Monaco’s 1991 production of Puccini’s tale of love and forgiveness set during the California Gold Rush is visually appealing, but singing and acting are uneven

By David Abrams

Considering his well-documented fascination with American cowboy folklore…