With a full orchestra in the pit, fabulous singers and top notch production values on stage, opera will return to the Berkshires this summer with Puccini’s much loved Madama Butterfly at the Colonial Theatre. We talk with the impresarios.
Strauss’s blazing tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge comes to local theatre screens in an intermissionless presentation that not only leaves the singers gasping for air, but the audience as well. Elektra is one high voltage opera as our video samples amply demonstrate.
On April 16 we will get to hear the final opera in Donizetti’s “Tudor trilogy”. It focuses on the older Queen Elizabeth I to be sung by bel canto soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Her powerful voice can climb to vocal heights not heard since Sutherland, then drop to a hushed pianissimo with such ease that it can make one gasp.
A jewel of understated direction and sleekly minimal design ennobles the familiar narrative, elevating the melodramatic story of a Japanese child bride abandoned by her American husband to a poignant tragedy. Kristine Opolais sings Cio Cio San.
Hailed for his “full, exciting lyric baritone,” 24-year-old Sean Michael Plumb is one of five young singers named a winner in America’s Most Prestigious Vocal Competition, The Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.
The final phase of competition is a live public concert held this Sunday, March 13, on the Met stage; winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000 and career-launching exposure.
An opera of dueling personalities, expressways carved out of neighborhoods, and a titan of urban development brought to earth by a single, determined woman who was the first to stop unelected czar of easy suburban access to New York City. One night only, March 12 in Williamstown.