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. […]
Lyric opens a multiyear exploration of early Verdi with this 1849 opera.
A play by Moonlight author Tarell Alvin McCraney and a paranoiac drama by British playwright Dawn Hall are among this week’s best bets.
Among other riches, Lyric Opera’s Il Trovatore features the extraordinary voice of Amber Wagner.