Jacques Imbrailo

“Few things move us as music does, and to be part of that is a gift,” says Jacques Imbrailo, Minnesota Opera’s next Count Almaviva

Baritone Jacques Imbrailo will soon be playing Count Almaviva in Minnesota Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). Imbrailo, a renowned interpreter of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss his background, The Marriage of Figaro, and his Read more…

Greek Myth in Die Walküre

Greek Myth in Die Walküre

I’ve always been fascinated with Greek mythology, and Richard Wagner felt the same way. Taking his cue from the ancient Greeks, Wagner wanted to transform the theater in Germany into what it had been in Classical Greece: a powerful, influential institution that was a part of people’s everyday lives. It Read more…

Famous arias - Lyric Opera of Chicago's Rigoletto

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto, 2017 – “It was simply and unequivocally a triumphant opening of a spectacular production”

Last night I was reminded of what happens when opera is done right – very right. The opening performance of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto was a masterfully executed, well-rounded tour de force. First and foremost, the vocal performances in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto were world-class. Leading the cast were Evanston Read more…