December 17 the Fundazione Arena di Verona will stage "Die Lustige Witwe" (The Merry Widow), an operetta in three acts with music by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár and a German libretto by Victor Léon and Leo Stein, based on the comedy "L'attaché d'ambassade" by Henri Meilhac. Maestro Alapont will take charge of the musical direction of this new production that will be in place at the Teatro Filarmónico in Verona until December 31st. He will be in charge of the Orc
"Joseph Colaneri led the glorious Met Orchestra and superb chorus with, alternately, vigor and tenderness, with a grand feel for Bellini’s drama. A wildly appreciative audience offered tumultuous applause." -Robert Levine, BachTrack.com Read full review. "climactic high points in the flowing melody soared over the orchestra, elegantly conducted by Joseph Colaneri." -Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
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"In the role of Addie’s father, baritone Daniel Belcher sang with a bite and impact that let James’ exasperation show, as his daughter’s pleas for a tree unknowingly provoke his memories. Yet he also brought a mellow, tender feel to the flashback duet with Addie’s mother." -Texas Classical Review Read full review. "Baritone Daniel Belcher, in the role of Addie’s father James Addison Mills, likewise performed hearty phrases keenly."
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"Joseph Colaneri, who makes his Juilliard debut, seemed to thoroughly enjoy conducting from the start, exuding Mozart’s overall idea of creativity and exploration. Colaneri’s presence was pure joy and his delivery raised the bar for this season at Julliard." -OperaWire.com Read full review.
"The Juilliard Orchestra performed in their usual exemplary fashion under the baton of Joseph Colaneri who brought subtle understanding to the various and changeable moods of the work."
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"Jesse Blumberg, as Burke, sang with smooth tone and a surprising touch of humanity. Though he is the one who actually committed most of the murders, Blumberg found a sort of hidden innocence in the character. . . Set up behind the stage, the orchestra, led by David Angus, found the bold colors and sly humor laced in Grant’s score." -Boston Classical Review. Read full review. " . . . the chamber ensemble deftly conducted by David Angus. . . the evocative baritone Jesse Blumbe