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Yardbird — Opera Philadelphia at Perelman Theater

Maestro Corrado Rovaris begins the downbeat, an easy drum riff that leads a mellow combination of horns. Daniel Schnyder’s score for his and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly’s view of jazz … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ariadne auf Naxos — Curtis Opera, Opera Philadelphia at the Perelman

“Ariadne auf Naxos” predates Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” and David Hirson’s “La Bête” by decades, but the situation its plot depicts brings both of those later 20th … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Coffin in Egypt — Opera Philadelphia — Perelman Theater

Commanding the stage with a bona fide star’s aplomb, Frederica von Stade endows Ricky Ian Gordon and Leonard Foglia’s graceful opera, “A Coffin in Egypt,” with wit, drama, and grandeur … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dialogues of the Carmelites — Curtis Opera at Perelman Theater

 Life and death, and particularly death, are pertinent subjects for the characters of Francis Poulenc’s 1957 opera, “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” The France in which they live is in the … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

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