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Sweet Nothing

Ariadne auf Naxos at Lyric Opera, through November 24 By Lee Sandlin The collaboration between Richard Strauss and poet and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal resulted in some of the finest works in the operatic repertoire. It also resulted in Ariadne auf Naxos, an odd trifle that’s being given a new production by the Lyric. In […]

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Stranded in the Shallows

Mourning Becomes Electra at Lyric Opera, October 22 By Lee Sandlin Marvin David Levy’s opera Mourning Becomes Electra got its premiere at Lincoln Center 30 years ago, then dropped like a stone into oblivion. It’s always risky to revive a work like this: with so many new operas being written, and so few that audiences […]

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Crisis of Leadership

Chicago Opera Theater By Sarah Bryan Miller Opera was once ruled by sopranos–and to a smaller extent primos uomos–with whims of iron and the ability to toss a company-paralyzing fit on the slightest pretext. Composers hastened to write them arias that would show off their voices to the greatest possible advantage, and all other considerations […]