Opera Reviews

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The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Burdened by a forbidden muse, Leos Janacek’s 1919 song cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, serves as an allegoric recount of late-life love. Belg...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Manon Lescaut

Opera Holland Park, famed for its nuanced take on opera outdoors, opened its summer season with Puccini’s pivotal 1893 opera, Manon Lescaut. The premi...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★
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Tosca

Vittorio Grigolo’s performance of ‘E Lucevan le Stelle’ as Cavaradossi moved me to tears as never before in this production of Tosca on Thursday the 3...
3.0★ ★ ★
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The Damnation of Faust

‘La damnation de Faust’ is, even by Berlioz’ standards, an odd work. Neither opera nor oratorio, but a self-styled ‘dramatic legend’, it is normally c...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★
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Phaedra

This concert-opera (konzertoper) piece must be heard a number of times before one can grasp some of the music’s intricate and fascinating instrumental...
5.0
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Against Nature

James Kudelka’s masterpiece, Against Nature, returns to the stage at Citadel + Compagnie.   Against Nature is based on À rebours (1884), by...
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The Passenger

Reviewing The Passenger is a very unusual and challenging task. An opera that brings to life the very dark days of Europe during WWII is performed in ...
3.5★ ★ ★
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Otello

I will readily admit that Otello is my personal favorite of all Verdi operas. The magnificent choruses, searing ensembles, and tender arias, all frame...
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La Bohème

La Bohème Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Canadian Opera Company Directed by John Caird Cast (in order of appearanc...