Opera Reviews

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The Barber of Seville

Michael Shell’s production of The Barber of Seville contains more farces than usual, perhaps an attempt of the Atlanta Opera to introduce some light i...
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Pagliacci

Before it all started, the big screen in front of the stage turned blue and yellow. With it a message appeared: "The opera embraces the people of Ukra...
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The Cunning Little Vixen

Since its first performance, in 1924, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen has enjoyed the kind of philosophical tug-of-war usually reserved for a muc...
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Les Indes Galantes

Marcio da Silva's groundbreaking company Ensemble Orquesta (EO) is fast developing an enviable reputation for bringing rare baroque treasures to the o...
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Manon

Manon is Jules Massenet’s most popular opera, and along with Carmen and Faust, stands as one of French opera’s iconic centrepieces, with the theme of ...
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Yevgeni Onegin

Yevgeni Onegin is a truly great opera, titled after a male character that inflicts tragedy. Whereas most heroes fall desperately in love at first sig...
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Nabucco

This opera was Verdi’s breakthrough work in 1842, setting the pattern for many of his preoccupations and emphases in the decades to come. It explores ...
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Julius Caesar

Teatro dell’Opera Di Roma opens its new season with the world’s premier of Julius Caesar, a fitting subject to this location. It is a brave gamble. ...
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Tosca

This is one of the most performed operas. It was first staged in this opera house with the same set and costume in the presence of the composer Giacom...
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Macbeth

‘Macbeth’ is the first of Verdi’s three settings of Shakespeare’s plays, each of them contrasted and remarkable in their own way. But unlike the last ...