Otello season-opening new production at the Met

Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, October 2015.
Live movie-theater telecast by Fathom Events.

This is politically incorrect to say, but the portrayal of Otello as a white man in the new Met production is absurd. The whole point of Shakespeare’ (and Verdi’s and Boito’s) drama is the man’s Otherness. The story revolves around his insecurity because of racial prejudice.

Andy, a “Popera” but is it an opera?

Andy a Popera, world premiere by Opera Philadelphia and Bearded Ladies Cabaret, 2015

This is a production that Andy Warhol could have designed himself. It’s his sort of flamboyant imagery, presenting odd characters in outrageous costumes. In some ways, it’s even better as it adds dramatic narrative that Warhol’s paintings do not attempt.

But is it an opera? The …

AVA Boheme features future Met stars

La Boheme, Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia March 2015

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This AVA Philadelphia production of La boheme was notable for three reasons.

First was atypical casting. Marina Costa-Jackson has a big voice that’s darker then what we usually hear as the fragile Mimi. She was superb last season as Amelia in Verdi’s A Masked Ball, which …

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