REVIEW: Berkshire Opera Festival’s “Don Giovanni”

by Barbara Waldinger In the age of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, how is a director embarking on a production of one of the many versions of the Don Juan story to approach the lasciviousness of the main character?   Beginning in the Middle Ages, across multiple genres and cultures…

Berkshire Opera Festival Presents its 2022 Mainstage Production “Don Giovanni”

On August 20, 23, and 26, Berkshire Opera Festival‘s 2022 season culminates with the summer’s most ambitious undertaking: a new staging by BOF co-founder Jonathon Loy of Mozart’s comedy-tragedy masterpiece DON GIOVANNI at the historic, intimate Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. BOF Artistic Director and co-founder Brian Garman, called a “wizard” with complex scores by Bachtrack, conducts the Berkshire Opera…

Berkshire Opera Festival Opens 2022 Season with “Three Decembers”

The spirited and ambitious Berkshire Opera Festival opens its 2022 summer season with a compelling new production of Jake Heggie‘s intimate THREE DECEMBERS on July 21 and 23 at PS21 in Chatham, NY, conducted by Christopher James Ray and directed by Beth Greenberg. This contemporary American opera is based on Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s original script for Some Christmas Letters. It marks BOF’s 2nd Second Stage event, following Tom Cipullo’s…

Berkshire Opera Festival Announces 2022 Season

“In the best of times, opera companies struggle for survival. In the worst of times,they perish. Which is why it seems miraculous that Berkshire Opera Festival is still with us. Their return to live performance has made it clear that BOF is going to be a major presence in the…

UMass Opera to Present Strauss’ Die Fledermaus

UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra to provide live accompaniment AMHERST (Mass.) – The UMass Opera program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance is pleased to present Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus on Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. The performances will be sung in English; all…

A NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
WITH BROADWAY AND OPERA STAR ZACHARY JAMES 

A FREE CONCERT FOR THE COMMUNITY OPERA SARATOGA WILL ALSO ANNOUNCE 2022 SUMMER FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING AT THIS FESTIVE CONCERT!  (Saratoga Springs, New York): Opera Saratoga and Proctors Collaborative announce today a free New Year’s Eve concert at Universal Preservation Hall (UPH), featuring Broadway and Opera Star Zachary James with pianist Laurie Rogers. The festive concert,…

Saratoga Voices Presents HEROIC HANDEL! at Universal Preservation Hall

HEROIC HANDEL! Handel’s Judas MaccabaeusSaratoga VoicesNovember 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m.Universal Preservation Hall25 Washington StreetSaratoga Springs, NY 12866 On Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., at Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Voices isperforming a semi-staged version of Handel’s oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus.This oratorio, composed in 1746, has become Handel’s most popular oratorio,second only to The…

Modern Opera Fest Continues at PS21 in September with “Ipsa Dixit” and “Savage Winter”

Modern Opera Fest at PS21 resumes in early September with Ipsa Dixit and Savage Winter. Composer and vocalist Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in music, is a theatrical chamber opera for soprano, flute, violin, and percussion that Alex Ross (The New Yorker) has called “a twenty-first century masterpiece.” Exploring the…

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