Opera the Way It Was Meant to Be

Madison Opera opens its 59th season with a spot-on La Traviata   Call me old-fashioned—or if you prefer, an old-school conservative—but when it comes to the way an opera should look, I generally want operas such as Carmen to look the way they did when the creative teams created them. Thus I came away from… Continue reading Opera the Way It Was Meant to Be

Madison Opera Goes Old School

Some great singing and a traditional approach revive “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci”   It has been more than 30 years since Madison Opera staged that once-ubiquitous double bill of one-act operas, “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci.” That’s nothing—I’ve been attending and listening to opera for a little over half a century, and I never managed to… Continue reading Madison Opera Goes Old School

Young Leads Win Hearts in Madison Opera’s “Romeo”

A tender Romeo et Juliette opens Madison Opera’s 56th season The timeless story of the bitter and deadly feud between the Montagues and Capulets might have been well-timed for the divisiveness of our current electoral state nationally, but the better news is that Madison Opera’s production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette was sweet salve for… Continue reading Young Leads Win Hearts in Madison Opera’s “Romeo”

Making a Spectacle of Themselves

Madison Opera presents The Tales of Hoffman illuminated by flashes of brilliance   In making a list of shortcomings (and it is a short list) of Madison Opera’s production of The Tales of Hoffman Friday night at the Overture Center, an inevitable conclusion is reached: the fault lies not in their stars, but inevitably, in… Continue reading Making a Spectacle of Themselves