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July 19 Glimmerglass: Candide

Andrew Stenson as Candide and Andrew Maughan as Cacambo in The 2015 Glimmerglass Festival production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass’s ‘Candide’ makes political satire satisfying entertainment

Francesca Zambello demonstrates how a musical whose story is based entirely on politics and philosophy can ‘glitter and be gay’

By David Rubin

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide has never been, in any of its many versions, the best of all possible American musicals. The challenges it poses to a production team are simply too many…

July 11 Glimmerglass: Macbeth

Eric Owens as Macbeth and Melody Moore as Lady Macbeth in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of "Macbeth" (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass Festival’s ‘Macbeth’ a vocal triumph fit for a king

Eric Owens roars and Melody Moore soars in the company’s first-ever production of the Verdi masterpiece

By David Abrams

Shakespeare’s Macbeth may have murdered his way to the throne, but in the new Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s operatic adaptation of the tragedy Eric Owens appears to get there on the sheer power of his colossal bass-baritone…

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…

July 21 Glimmerglass: King for a Day

Glimmerglass’s rarely done ‘King for a Day’ a rare treat, well done

This zany production of Verdi’s only comic opera before ‘Falstaff’ keeps the singers in chaos and the audience in stitches

By David Rubin

The heroes of the Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s rare — really rare…

July 7 Chautauqua Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Chautauqua Opera’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ not for the faint of heart But soprano Rachelle Durkin transcends the carnage to forge an unforgettable Lucia By Leah Harrison Contributing writer Considering the widespread use of campy horror and gore occupying today’s mainstream entertainment, the sight of a blood-spattered Rachelle Durkin shuffling around the stage brandishing a knife…

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 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 …