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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

The Less Odd Tale of ‘Sweeney Todd’

The Less Odd Tale of ‘Sweeney Todd’

Sweeney Todd Who Syracuse Opera Where Carrier Theater; 800 S. State St., Syracuse When Through Feb. 17 Tickets $46-66 Review by Greg Cwik Thanks in no small part to an immense over-saturation in pop culture (including a Tim Burton film starring— who else?— Johnny Depp), Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street … Continue reading

‘Tosca’ and a plate of spaghetti

‘Tosca’ and a plate of spaghetti

Tosca Who Syracuse Opera  Where 800 South State St., Syracuse When Performed Oct. 19 & 21 Review by Greg Cwik Tosca, that shabby little shocker, should be big and boisterous, loud and melodramatic and gaudy—a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs with too much marinara. You should feel good and plump when it’s over, like you need a napkin … Continue reading

Resolution for Wagner and Lepage: the Met’s final installment in the Ring Cycle

Resolution for Wagner and Lepage: the Met’s final installment in the Ring Cycle

What: Wagner’s Gotterdammerung, Live HD Simulcast When: Feb 11, 2011 Who: Metropolitan Opera Running time: 6 hrs, including two intermissions Where: Metropolitan Opera House, New York Where she saw it: Carousel Center Mall By: Leah Harrison Also read her review of the previous installment, Siegfried HD Simulcast audiences in North America witnessed the resolution of Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle … Continue reading

Sound off on SU Opera Theater’s The Gondoliers

Sound off on SU Opera Theater’s The Gondoliers

Who Syracuse University Opera Theater What Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers When January 27-29, 2012, 8 p.m. Where Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, Syracuse University Tickets General Public: $10; free for students with SU or ESF ID Review SU Opera’s The Gondoliers By Leah Harrison Word about town The Post-Standard Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers tells … Continue reading

Don Giovanni at The Met: Live in HD

Check out our latest series. GRR opera critic Leah Harrison reviews The Met: Live in HD. “Don Giovanni” Presented by Metropolitan Opera Live in HD  Where she saw it Regal Cinemas at Shoppingtown Mall When Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Next opera  “Siegfried” November 5, 2011, 12 pm ET Tickets $24 Michael Grandage saturates every bit of wit, anguish, … Continue reading