"As his ghostly counterpart, soprano Adriana Zabala as Miss Jessell — who has taken her own life — was chilling in her traumatized, post-mortem neediness and warped affection toward Flora. When Armstrong and Zabala converge on the line that librettist Myfanwy Piper incorporated from W.B. Yeats, “The ceremony of innocence is drowned,” it was one of the opera’s most searing moments." -NY Classical Review Read full review. "And mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala gave poise and despera
"In the category of “There Are No Small Roles”, bass David Crawford was a magnificent Bonzo, Cio-Cio San’s uncle who, finding that she has abandoned their native religion, shows up at the “wedding” to disown her."
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"Tenor Viktor Antipenko and baritone Corey Crider sing strongly as the sons, Prince Guidon and Prince Afron, who are so dumb they get killed by their uncoordinated armies." -Dallas News Read full review. "Corey Crider and Viktor Antipenko, as the Tsar’s pair of equally clueless and childish progeny, construct a formidable comic couple, just one stooge short of a Three Stooges tribute act."
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By David Salazar For five years, the Dallas Opera’s Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors has done something that few other major companies have done – champion women conductors. The program, the first ever designed to meet the needs of women opera conductors, has allowed participants an opportunity to engage in a wide-range of musical opportunities alongside some of the most acclaimed music directors working today. The organization also places a premium on help
"Actually, the opera should not be called Tosca, but Scarpia. Scarpia becomes the main character in this production, not only due to the the direction, but also due to the singer-actor in the role. Seth Carico is such a fantastic singer-actor that you might momentarily forget you're in the opera. With his vocal, highly-cultured and fantastically well-timbered baritone, he expressively differentiated, while never pretentious, the multi-faceted sides of the perpetrator and vict
"Alfonso, even as he intends to show the weakness of women, could not pull off his ridiculous shenanigans without one. He pays for the support of the sisters’ housemaid, played with hilarious stage presence by Sharin Apostolou. A versatile performer, she won acclaim last season as Jenny in “Three Penny Opera,” and she returns with another solid performance as Despina" -Syracuse.com Read full review.
"Mr. Burns Leporello, written brilliantly by Mozart to be wise and world-weary, as well as comically put upon, delivered on his character and singing to great achievement, stealing many scenes." -EncoreMichigan.com Read full review.
“With only a week's notice, baritone Michael Mayes replaced an ailing Brian Mulligan, and he made you feel as if he's been singing this difficult role all his young life. Both gruff and tender, with commanding power, he became the snarky jester putting down his betters; the doting, over-protective father; the vengeful-seeking harpy; and, then, grief-stricken lone survivor. He's saddled with a garish clown costume with floppy ruff that has shades of Harlequin and Emil Jannings
"Vickers shines solo in the aria “E lucevan le stelle,” one of the most famous arias in all opera. He complements his glorious voice here with beautiful facial and bodily gestures as he recalls first meeting Tosca." -The Sentinel Read full review. "Vickers provides a good foil for Płonka, and hits a personal high point during Act III’s famous romantic aria “E lucevan le stelle”" -DC Metro Theater Arts Read full review.
"The orchestra has a more prominent role in Aida than in most operas, even more so when out of the pit and on the stage. The San Diego Symphony responded with precision when conductor Joseph Colaneri called for a gentle whisper to accompany singers or urged regal brass to come blazing forth." -Broadway World Read full review. "The work of all these artists came together under the leadership of Maestro Joseph Colaneri. His propulsive but subtle account of the score brought out