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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Francesca Zambello

The Jets © Prudence Upton
Sydney

West Side Story: A Manhattan Juke-Box on Sydney Harbour

By , 23 March 2019
****1
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Venera Gimadieva (Violetta) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Venera Gimadieva leads a moving Traviata in DC

By , 21 October 2018
****1
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Vanessa Becerra (Maria) and Andrew Bidlack (Tony) © Elise Bakketun
Kansas City

West Side Story in Kansas City: Broadway flair meets opera style

By , 22 September 2018
***11
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Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

By , 11 August 2018
****1
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Stacey Tappan, Renée Tatum and Lauren McNeese (Rhinemaidens) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

The San Francisco Ring: Episode IV – A New Hope

By , 24 June 2018
*****
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A gritty Siegfried continues the San Francisco Opera Ring

By , 22 June 2018
****1
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and her Valkyrie sisters © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Valkyries parachute into San Francisco

By , 20 June 2018
****1
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Falk Struckmann (Alberich) and Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 19 June 2018
****1
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Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Seattle

A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

By , 05 May 2018
***11
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Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Los Angeles

Stunning Candide from LA Opera

By , 27 January 2018
****1
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Triumphal Scene, Act 2 © Scott Suchman
Washington

Graffiti meets Nefertiti: Aida in Washington DC

By , 09 September 2017
****1
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Aleks Romano (Aurelio) © Carrington Spires
Cooperstown

Donizetti rarity given American première at Glimmerglass

By , 19 August 2017
****1
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Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Karli Cadel
Cooperstown

Francesca Zambello’s Porgy and Bess successfully revived at Glimmerglass

By , 05 August 2017
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Kate Lindsey (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Scott Suchman for WNO
Washington

Dead Man Walking in Washington DC an unforgettable emotional experience

By , 05 March 2017
*****
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Leah Crocetto (Aida) and Brian Jagde © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

An Aida short on drama in San Francisco

By , 08 November 2016
***11
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Mary Beth Nelson (Betty), Ariana Wehr (Abigail), Emma Grimsley (Ruth), Molly Jane Hill (Susanna) © Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Opera
Cooperstown

Young voices shine in Glimmerglass Opera's The Crucible

By , 14 August 2016
***11
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Rosario La Spina (The Prince) and Catherine Bouchier (Princess Nicoletta) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Laugh out loud production of The Love for Three Oranges in Sydney

By , 22 June 2016
****1
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Eric Halfvarson (Hagen) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Twilight of the Gods gives way to an American dawn

By , 06 May 2016
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David Cangelosi (Mime) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Holding a mirror up to Nature: Zambello’s Siegfried

By , 04 May 2016
****1
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Meagan Miller (Sieglinde) and Christopher Ventris (Siegmund) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Nature’s bonfire burns on: Zambello’s Die Walküre in Washington

By , 02 May 2016
****1
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Alan Held, Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Cox, Melody Moore, Ryan McKinny © Scott Suchman for WNO
Washington

Manifest destiny and doom: Francesca Zambello’s All-American Ring

By , 30 April 2016
***11
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Bryan Hymel as Don José, Elena Maximova as Carmen
London

A workmanlike Carmen at the Royal Opera

By , 19 October 2015
***11
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Vitaliy Bilyy (Miller) and Leah Crocetto (Luisa Miller) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

San Francisco Opera season opener: a stellar cast carries a dull staging of Luisa Miller

By , 11 September 2015
***11
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Tutino's Two Women at San Francisco: multi-media heavy, but worth investigating

By , 13 June 2015
***11
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Washington

An underwhelming Dialogues of the Carmelites from Francesca Zambello in Washington

By , 27 February 2015
**111
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Chicago

A near-perfect Porgy and Bess at the Lyric Opera

By , 26 November 2014
****1
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Dallas

Murder, incest, and…comedy? Playing Salome for laughs in Dallas

By , 08 November 2014
***11
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Cooperstown

Ariadne in Naxos in New York update at Glimmerglass Festival

By , 22 July 2014
****1
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London

All the fun of the fair: A vibrant, busy La bohème at the Royal Albert Hall

By , 27 February 2014
***11
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Sydney

Carmen offers traditional thrills at Sydney Opera House

By , 03 February 2014
****1
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London

A classic and gripping revival of Carmen at the ROH

By , 21 December 2013
****1
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Cooperstown

Haunting, beautiful Dutchman sets sail at Glimmerglass

By , 27 July 2013
****1
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Washington

Zambello's Show Boat at the Washington National Opera

By , 10 May 2013
***11
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New York City

The Met in HD: Hymel is the hero in Berlioz's epic Les Troyens

By , 05 January 2013
***11
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Cooperstown

Glimmerglass' little Aida makes a huge impact

By , 04 August 2012
****1
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Sydney

La Traviata performed by Opera Australia in Sydney Harbour

By , 15 April 2012
*****
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Munich

Otello in Munich: Everything Opera Should Be

By , 31 March 2012
*****
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London

Schrott thrills in a mixed Don Giovanni

By , 16 February 2012
***11
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Sydney

Opera Australia’s scintillating production of Carmen

By , 08 February 2011
****1
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W. Harmon (Voltaire), A. Stenson (Candide), A. Emerson (Cunégonde), M. Simpson (La Duègne) © Patrice Nin
Toulouse

Ton américano-voltairien pour un optimisme musical : Candide au Théâtre du Capitole

By , 20 December 2016
****1
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