"Being heard through this thicker orchestration in an open-air amphitheater was the least of Belcher’s accomplishments on a triumphant evening that was indeed proof of the awesome power of music. . . Act I celebrates their nuptials, offering Belcher the first of many opportunities to display his fine technique, with accurate pitch and precise control. With diction as crisp as his melodic line, he won the audience over as surely as Orfeo had won his bride. . . .the confrontati
"At the end of the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, the audience roared its approval as if it had witnessed a blockbuster musical. . . Edward Parks makes a credible Jobs, visually as well as vocally. . . Santa Fe Opera has a hit on its hands." -Financial Times Read full review.
"The cast was uniformly commendable for their acting as well as their singing. In the title role, baritone Edward Parks is on stage practically the whole time. He appears in roles li
Join us for the 16th year of a Madison summer tradition! Opera in the Park has become the very definition of what Madison Opera means to our community. In beautiful Garner Park, the stars come out in the sky, the light sticks come out in the audience, and singers from our upcoming season share their favorite opera and musical theater numbers, along with the Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra.
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“In this piece about angry people, the Lawrence Edelson-directed production had no polite veneer to soften Blitzstein’s social outrage, with a cast that had the scrupulousness of opera but the theatricality of Broadway." - The Philadelphia Inquirer Read full review.
“…a brilliant staging by Lawrence Edelson... Edelson’s staging expertly counterpoints with specific choreography and stage direction a dozen orchestrational flourishes... One of Edelson’s crucial, droll grace not
Billy Budd Indomitable in Des Moines "It is hard to know where to begin to praise the peerless accomplishment that is Des Moines Metro Opera’s staggeringly powerful Billy Budd. In the intimate Blank Performing Arts Center space, we are not so much observing a wrenching drama as we are participating in it… I had never experienced an opera this large and active in such an intimate space, and director Kristine McIntyre did a masterful job filling every nook and cranny with meani
"Best of all was Marie-Eve Munger’s fairy, her filigree coloratura as delicate as French lace, towering over Pinocchio in a steepling white gown. When she spun her high notes, even I felt a dash of magic amid the grim setting."
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"As Asdrubale, Richard Ollarsaba used his sizable, creamy bass-baritone to keen effect. He proved an astute comic actor, too, especially in Act I, cavorting in disguise as a turban-topped, snake-cuddling creditor (part of the Count's scheme to see if anyone will stick with him if he were penniless)."
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"Kristine McIntyre moved human traffic with telling dramatic detail within a handsome, realistic British frigate-set by designer R. Keith Brumley. McIntyre avoided the gay subtext of E.M. Forster's and Eric Crozier's libretto, speeding the tragedy to its devastating conclusion with nary a false step."
-The Chicago Tribune
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