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Lightning Rounds — The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Elixir of Love, Forever Plaid

April 2016 proved a cruel month in terms of time demands, so I am in a position of having to catch up with commenting a number of productions by screwing … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cold Mountain — Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music

A chilling first scene sets the tone and context for Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s gorgeous and moving opera, “Cold Mountain,” an epic piece given a vibrant, unstintingly dramatic production … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Barber of Seville — Opera Philadelphia

Michael Shell’s production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” for Opera Philadelphia is an intricately crafted mélange in every conceivable way. The title character, Figaro, enters on a contemporary bicycle … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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