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Don Giovanni, Met Opera In Review 

Don Giovanni @ Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera’s latest production of Don Giovanni was about as traditional as it gets, but that’s just fine when the music is as exceptional as Mozart’s and the words as witty as Da Ponte’s. The Met’s second installment of its Live in HD program took place on Saturday afternoon, October 22, 2016. The opera was Don Giovanni, the product of the second of three Da Ponte – Mozart collaborations (the first was Le Nozze di Figaro, written a year before Giovanni, in 1786, and the third was Così fan…

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Tristan und Isolde In Review 

Tristan und Isolde @ Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde marked my first experience watching one of the Met’s Live in HD productions, and I’m afraid it may be difficult to return to the stage theater to watch opera having experienced it. The six or so of us in attendance sat in reclining chairs like these: +20

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Romeo and Juliet In Review 

Romeo & Juliet @ Minnesota Opera, In Review

I enjoyed the Minnesota Opera’s production immensely, but Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) is not one of my favorite operas. Sitting in the front row of the Ordway on Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2016, I watched both actors and maestro have their respective moments of glory during, of which there were many. The opera tells the story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with a few minor alterations: Act III, scene 2 of the opera begins with a character – Stéphano – absent from Shakespeare’s version; Juliet and Romeo…

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