Homegrown Mozart from Madison Opera Tastier Than Ever

Abduction from the Seraglio warms up the Capitol Theater   We are often admonished to “buy local,” but to the degree this can be done in the world of opera, it’s a real rarity. Even the largest companies still co-produce new works and new stagings with other companies, and in the case of regional companies,… Continue reading Homegrown Mozart from Madison Opera Tastier Than Ever

Madison Opera’s Carmen So Easy to Love

Baseball may be over, but the season-opener is a home run It isn’t just that Bizet’s incarnation of Carmen, the wanton gypsy girl who ruins lives almost as quickly as the composer strung together hit numbers in his opera, seduces Don Jose so easily—she is responsible for ensnaring many a first-time listener into the world… Continue reading Madison Opera’s Carmen So Easy to Love

Madison Opera’s “Flute” Finds Plenty of Vocal Magic

Mozart’s late hybrid stage work proves a hit Friday night   Okay, let’s get this out of the way right now: Yours truly is not the optimal critic for a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. I didn’t fall under its spell when I first heard it about 45 years ago, and no version since,… Continue reading Madison Opera’s “Flute” Finds Plenty of Vocal Magic

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

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