REVIEW: “Falstaff” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Barbara Waldinger Who would have believed that here in the Berkshires we would have our own opera festival showcasing talent from all over the world, including the MET and Italy’s La Scala?  Thanks to co-founders Brian Garman (Artistic Director) and Jonathon Loy (Director of Production), Berkshire Opera Festival presented…

Berkshire Opera Festival Announces Verdi’s “Falstaff” as 2021 Mainstage Show

Top (L to R): Sebastian Catana, Tamara Wilson, Thomas GlassMiddle: Alissa Anderson, Jasmine Habersham, Jonas HackerBottom: Joanne Evans, Jeremy Harr, Lucas Levy Berkshire Opera Festival‘s mainstage show will be Giuseppe Verdi‘s brilliant comic opera FALSTAFF, which was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. One of only two comedies written…

REVIEW: “Don Pasquale” at the Berkshire Opera Festival

by Fred Baumgarten Comedy, arguably one of the two greatest human gifts – the other being music – is a timeless art. Picture an arrow pointed on two sides, flying through spacetime, picking up a Greek comedy here, a courtly farce there, a Gilbert and Sullivan here, a Seinfeld there,…

REVIEW: “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

by Barbara Waldinger What is the purpose of producing a classic play that has already been revived many times onstage and on film?  Some people say that it’s to give a new generation of theatregoers the opportunity to see an important work.  Others insist that it’s to give a director…

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