Elixir of Love, from Santa Fe to Philadelphia

L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) by Gaetano Donizetti, Opera Philadelphia 2016

 

This production of The Elixir of Love is funny, and beautifully sung. What more could you want? Well, how about faithfulness to the composer’s theatrical intentions?

Director Stephen Lawless created the production for Santa Fe Opera in 2009 and it …

LaChiusa’s extraordinary musicals on record

Let’s consider the work of the eclectic Broadway composer and lyricist who chooses unusual subjects, and sets them to music that’s intricate and intellectual, yet catchy.

Surprise: I’m not talking about Stephen Sondheim.

The man in question is Michael John LaChiusa. Born in July of 1962, he’s 32 years younger than Sondheim. He’s much more prolific, opening …

Puccini’s Tabarro resurrected

Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. Directed by Tito Capobianco. Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, 2016.
 

At the height of his fame in 1918, Giacomo Puccini made an ambitious creative leap. He composed three one-act operas to be performed together, each one radically different in nature from the others.

They are linked only by the …

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