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Articles by Ilana Walder-Biesanz

Ilana Walder-Biesanz
Ilana Walder-Biesanz
Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Stacey Tappan, Renée Tatum and Lauren McNeese (Rhinemaidens) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera

The San Francisco Ring: Episode IV – A New Hope

By , 25 June 2018
*****
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera

A gritty Siegfried continues the San Francisco Opera Ring

By , 23 June 2018
****1
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and her Valkyrie sisters © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera

Valkyries parachute into San Francisco

By , 21 June 2018
****1
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Falk Struckmann (Alberich) and Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera

A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 20 June 2018
****1
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Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera

A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

By , 20 February 2018
**111
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia

Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia

By , 17 February 2018
****1
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Thomas Jesatko (Trinity Moses) © Hans Jörg Michel

“Auf nach Mahagonny" in Mannheim!

By , 31 December 2017
****1
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David DQ Lee (Mitridate) and Yasmin Özkan (Semandra) © Sebastian Bühler

More Porpora operas, please (just not this one!): Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen

By , 29 December 2017
***11
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Tobias Hächler (Lucio Silla) and Younggi Moses Do (Aufidio) © N. Klinger

The show must go on: Lucio Silla in Kassel

By , 29 December 2017
**111
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Sebastian Kohlhepp (Jason) and Cornelia Ptassek (Medea) © Thomas Aurin

In Konwitschny's modern Medea, monsters are made by men

By , 28 December 2017
****1
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Kay Stiefermann (René, Graf von Luxemburg) and Romana Noack (Angèle Didier) © Hans Jörg Michael

Stars and Léhar's score shine in The Count of Luxembourg at Deutsche Oper am Rhein

By , 26 December 2017
***11
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke

Warm voice, cold feelings: Bostridge sings Winterreise in Berkeley

By , 11 November 2017
***11
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Martina Serafin (Turandot) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera

A colorful Turandot opens the San Francisco Opera season

By , 14 September 2017
***11
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Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Adrianne Pieczonka (Chrysothemis) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera

Night at the Elektra museum in San Francisco

By , 14 September 2017
****1
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists © Salzburger Festspiele | Silvia Lelli

Evil triumphs beautifully in Monteverdi 450 Poppea

By , 30 July 2017
****1
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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Salzburg Festival © Salzburger Festspiele | Silvia Lelli

Monteverdi 450's Ulisse docks in Salzburg

By , 29 July 2017
***11
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner and cast © Salzburger Festspiele | Silvia Lelli

An emotional L'Orfeo for Monteverdi 450

By , 27 July 2017
*****
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Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

Steve Jobs scores a success in Santa Fe

By , 23 July 2017
***11
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Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

Brenda Rae carries Santa Fe Opera's Lucia

By , 22 July 2017
***11
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Venera Gimadieva (The Queen of Shemakha) and Tim Mix (Tsar Dodon) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe, 2017

The Golden Cockerel soars in Santa Fe

By , 20 July 2017
****1
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