"On Friday, I found myself enjoying Barbiere in Norton Hall mostly for the time-honored reasons. This is an opera that succeeds by not taking itself seriously, and while director Kathleen Smith Belcher promised social commentary in her program note, she mostly let the...


“There cannot be enough said about the effectiveness of Kathleen Smith Belcher’s stage direction. In her Sarasota Opera debut, this veteran of the Met and other major stages of the opera world, added a new level of entertainment excellence for us to enjoy. At no point...


"But the orchestra's more immediate presence does not mean that the production will not have its own high concept. Stage director Kathleen Smith Belcher makes her debut in Denver with her first "Carmen." (She is the wife of baritone Daniel Belcher, whose performances i...

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