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 …

Fledermaus: the original Batman

Johann Strauss: Fledermaus. Concert Operetta Theater, Philadelphia 2015

 

There’s no doubt that Johann Strauss’s Fledermaus (The Bat) is the best of all light comic operas. So why did Philly’s Concert Operetta Theater, a group devoted to this art form, wait 15 years to stage it? Daniel Pantano, the group’s founder, says Fledermaus is so well …

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