12.30.2019

"RICHARD STRAUSS'S ELEKTRA is all about primal screams, death cries, dissonance and angst. Silent movies are soundless, if often loudly emotional, affairs. Minnesota Opera combined the two in a provocative new production of Elektra that opened on October 5 at the Ordwa...

10.15.2019

"Craig Irvin as Orest made a vivid impression, completing a front-line vocal roster whose stamina never wavered through the 100-minute, intermission-free span of the opera...In director Brian Staufenbiel’s updating, the characters of Strauss’ opera are actually actors...

07.26.2019

"He might have stolen the show, except that he had a serious challenge from Craig Irvin, whose Valentin evinced a soldier’s strength and assuredness throughout. The vocal and emotional power of Irvin’s death scene in Act IV was wall-shaking. It was a shame he didn’t ge...

11.02.2018

"Dan Packard and Kitty Packard were played by Craig Irvin and Susannah Biller. The pair hammed up their parts in a wonderful presentation of a nouveau riche couple; Dan, loud, brash and unsophisticated, despite efforts to appear to the contrary; Kitty, spoilt, crude an...

06.28.2018

“The cast of Die Fledermaus had great chemistry and comedic timing. Susannah Biller was magnetic and hilarious in her portrayal of Rosalinda. Her music is the most demanding of the operetta but still should not be taken too seriously by the character. Biller's vocal pe...

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