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...

06.13.2019

"Director Brian Staufenbiel gave the opera a fluid staging on Sean Riley’s set, which employed a series of moveable pieces. A stack of suitcases in the opening scene at Penn Station, along with a succession of arches and banquettes, were all put to use as elements of t...

11.17.2018

"La production de Das Rheingold présentée en première à [samedi] soir à l'Opéra de Montréal était spectaculaire avec ses impressionnants effets scéniques. / The production of Das Rheingold premiered at [Saturday] night at the Opéra de Montréal was spectacular with its...

06.27.2018

"Stage director Brian Stauffenbiel told Poe's story in a straightforward manner, which lent a solid footing to the unearthly aspects of the story. . . Burns sang with a wiry bass voice that fit well into the concept of a comic ghost who was more afraid of the teenage t...

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