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Syracuse Opera’s “María de Buenos Aires”: A fitful, incoherent dream set to the tune of tango

Syracuse Opera’s “María de Buenos Aires”: A fitful, incoherent dream set to the tune of tango

María de Buenos Aires Who: Syracuse Opera Where: 411 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY Review by Sarah Hope Syracuse Opera’s production of Astor Piazzolla’s “María de Buenos Aires” is a confusing collection of truly great performances, held together poorly by a poetic but frustratingly ambiguous libretto.  First performed at Sala Planeta in Buenos Aires in May 1968, “María … Continue reading

Two world premieres bring historical resonance to Hendricks Chapel

Two world premieres bring historical resonance to Hendricks Chapel

“Purchase of Manhattan” and “Whistling Vessels”  Who: Brent Michael Davids and Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann Where: Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University When: Sunday, November 10th Review by Sarah Hope Native American composer Brent Michael Davids’ new concert opera, Purchase of Manhattan, premiered Sunday at Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University to an attentive and enthusiastic audience. The concert, “Ancient Voices, Contemporary Contexts,” … Continue reading

Syracuse Opera’s “Carmen” is a stripped down and sexy romp in the aisles.

Syracuse Opera’s “Carmen” is a stripped down and sexy romp in the aisles.

Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen Who: Syracuse Opera Where: 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY When: Through October 20th Tickets: $19-$81 Review by: Alejandra Acuña Syracuse Opera’s production of Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen is scarlet with lust, but uses cliché foreshadowing to tell the audience what it already knows… that it is, in fact a tragedy. First of … Continue reading

Songs for a new, yet confusing world

Songs for a new, yet confusing world

Songs for a New World Who Redhouse Arts Center Where 201 S. West St. Syracuse When Through September 7th Tickets $30; $20 for members Review by Melanie Lustig If a show-tune “American Idol” sounds like an enjoyable evening, head over to The Redhouse Arts Center and bask in strong, belted musical numbers with limited plot and lots of … Continue reading

Melodramatics Theatre Company seduces audiences with ‘Spring Awakening’

Melodramatics Theatre Company seduces audiences with ‘Spring Awakening’

Spring Awakening Who Melodramatics Theatre Company, Inc.  Where Risley Theatre, Cornell University When April 5-14 Tickets $11-18 Mature Audiences. Review by Erin Elzo Sex. It’s a word many kids hear whispered around the playground from a young age. And a topic many parents dread their child asking about. Set in late-19th century Germany, the Broadway musical Spring Awakening explores … Continue reading

Nakamatsu gives sublime performance at LeMoyne College

Nakamatsu gives sublime performance at LeMoyne College

The Details: Who Jon Nakamatsu, piano What Guest Artist at Le Moyne College When 11.10.11 Where Panasci Family Chapel Attendance 300+ By Leah Harrison People lined the walls of Le Moyne College’s Panasci Family Chapel to hear pianist Jon Nakamatsu on Thursday evening. Seated at a seven-foot Steinway in the center of the crowd, Nakamatsu’s … Continue reading