“Rusalka” Proves an Elusive Fairy Tale

Madison Opera closes season with Dvorak’s on-again, off-again near-masterpiece   What to do with Rusalka? Just like the Prince in Dvorak and Kvapil’s telling of the Czech version of “The Little Mermaid,” we can never fully possess her as a woman, and, while he may decide that as a water sprite she really is to… Continue reading “Rusalka” Proves an Elusive Fairy Tale

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Still Explosive

26th season continues to impress   Some things never change…when I first covered the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in 2011, I managed to attend five of their six programs—and still regretted missing the sixth. Last Friday (June 16) I attended the first of their second weekend of concerts, and was not surprised to hear… Continue reading Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Still Explosive

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”

Infusing “Romeo et Juliette” with…”Romeo and Juliet”

Madison Opera opens its season with the Gounod gem Madison Opera launches its 56th season this weekend with Romeo and Juliette, a gem of the repertoire that adds to the closing celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. I count myself a lover of Shakespeare (although I never saw a live version… Continue reading Infusing “Romeo et Juliette” with…”Romeo and Juliet”

Delayed But Not Drowned, “Opera in the Park” Celebrates Its 15th Event

Minus Maestro DeMain (and the rain), the winning formula delivers another “Grand Night for (and of) Singing”   It was perhaps inevitable that Saturday’s storms would mean that Sunday night’s 15th annual Madison Opera in the Park event would fail to draw the usual throng of 15,000 or so. But all that mattered to the… Continue reading Delayed But Not Drowned, “Opera in the Park” Celebrates Its 15th Event