"The ill matched and worse-fated protagonist stars are interpreted here by an exquisite Inna Los as Butterfly and a dashing Jason Slayden, both evoking vintage Hollywood gods. Truly, Los and Slayden are singers. They are actors. They are lookers."
-Boston Musical Intelligencer Read full review.
"This was an unabashed production of romanticism, and, with the lush and unforgettable melodies of Puccini, conducted beautifully by Joseph Colaneri, it evoked the Belle Époque, seen mistily as if a youthful long ago." -DC Theatre Scene (La bohème) Read full review. "Conductor Joseph Colaneri took up the baton and launched with surety into the Gioachino Rossini overture, instantly grabbing the audience’s attention in a spritely march (with its nod to Napoleon) and then launch
"Also excellent was soprano Sharin Apostolou as Comtesse Adèle, who has sworn herself to celibacy until her brother returns safely from the crusade, yet is feeling the itch to break this vow. Apostolou showed amazing vocal agility in the highly demanding coloratura challenges of the role, retaining a purity of tone throughout. And, as with Arbjornsson and Pojanowski, she proved to have a great flair for the comic aspects of her character."
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"On Wednesday the United States Justice Department warned North Carolina that its House Bill 2 violated civil rights laws, stymying efforts to deny transgender people the right to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who has called for Muslims to be banned from entering the country, is now the apparent Republican nominee for president.So an opera about a transgender man moving from Afghanistan to the United States premiering in Bos
"When she was growing up in St. Petersburg, Russia in the early 1990s, Lidiya Yankovskaya would see large demonstrations while on her way to her thrice-weekly chorus rehearsals.“I remember passing by a major square in the middle of the city where fascists would fly large swastika flags and hand out pamphlets that said ‘Kill all the Jews’ on them,” she tells Newsweek. “Russia, in general, at the time was in economic and political turmoil, so there was a lot of hardship overall
"Daniel Montenegro is a charming Mario, the awkward youth who grows into a wise and caring man. He is so perfect in the role he could make a career playing Mario. Indeed, he recently performed the role with Placido Domingo playing Neruda (for whom the character was written.)." -The Saratogian Read full review.