Thanks to CNN, this weekend I went right from Lyric Opera’s season-opening production of Ernani—featuring Charles V of Spain—to the pomp and circumstance surrounding the launch of Charles III of England. Castles, crowns, cannons—it was all of a piece. And that did something I hadn’t anticipated: it brought an evening of seldom-seen Verdi to life. […]
There’s a war raging in Europe. A brutal clash that includes an entrenched repressive autocracy and ordinary civilians determined to fight for their freedom. Tyrannical power is vested in one man—a deranged “security” professional who cares only about his own twisted agenda. He decides who lives and dies; everyone trembles before him. Someone needs to […]
“Honor incarnate” meets a dirtbag in Puccini’s opera, with tragic results.
Lyric Opera presents a lovely, traditional La Bohème.