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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...

07.26.2019

"He might have stolen the show, except that he had a serious challenge from Craig Irvin, whose Valentin evinced a soldier’s strength and assuredness throughout. The vocal and emotional power of Irvin’s death scene in Act IV was wall-shaking. It was a shame he didn’t ge...

11.02.2018

"Dan Packard and Kitty Packard were played by Craig Irvin and Susannah Biller. The pair hammed up their parts in a wonderful presentation of a nouveau riche couple; Dan, loud, brash and unsophisticated, despite efforts to appear to the contrary; Kitty, spoilt, crude an...

06.28.2018

“The cast of Die Fledermaus had great chemistry and comedic timing. Susannah Biller was magnetic and hilarious in her portrayal of Rosalinda. Her music is the most demanding of the operetta but still should not be taken too seriously by the character. Biller's vocal pe...

01.24.2018

'Moby-Dick’ opera transforms a massive novel into a human-scaled epic

Review • Utah Opera gives the world its first look at a stunning reimagining

"A full house of opera fans (including Heggie and Scheer) got their first look at this stunning new production at the Capito...

06.12.2017

Bolcom bestows a compact, aria-like number on each of the opera’s nine principal singer/actors; these pieces reveal character and, not coincidentally, displayed the merits of Minnesota Opera’s extraordinary cast. . . .  Craig Irvin (Dan Packard) and Andrew Garland (Jos...

04.29.2017

"Carmen as portrayed by mezzo Audrey Babcock would surely make you crawl out and take notice. Babcock certainly did seem to have that effect on the audience in Fort Worth on opening night. She’s no stranger to the role and it showed. Babcock’s voice made one want to pu...

04.19.2017

"Pine, who has attracted an enthusiastic following in this area through the years, was in excellent form. Her appearance was made especially poignant by the knowledge that she has decided to end her music career.

Other standouts of the evening were baritone Michael Maye...

03.17.2017

"As usual, the Minnesota Opera fielded a top-flight cast and stellar production values. Central were. . . Susannah Biller’s sparkly, effortless soprano as Kitty; . . . Adriana Zabala, forthright as Lucy. . .  Siena Forest (Paula), Brenda Harris (Carlotta), Craig Irvin...

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