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Performer: Denyce Graves

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UnknownWorld Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act IV

World Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act IV
Mascagni, Puccini, Gounod, Barbieri, Donizetti, Heggie, Mozart, Beethoven
Chineke! Orchestra; Brian Jagde; Nicole Car; Andreas Bauer Kanabas; Paola Leguizamón
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A thoroughly worthy Porgy and Bess opens the Met's season

Eric Owens (Porgy) and Angel Blue (Bess) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
The Met’s new production is directed by James Robinson, who has the characters interacting and listening to one another as if in real life – the inhabitants of Catfish Row have known each other for all of their lives and love, pray and grieve like family.
****1
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Candide channels Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Philadelphia

Erin Morley, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Amanda Lynn Bottoms © The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Kevin Newbury see Candide as a coming-of-age story, placing it in their own high-school years, specifically 1992, making Westphalia a USA knockoff.
****1
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Superb production and cast can't make The Met's Marnie live

Isabel Leonard (Marnie) and Iestyn Davies (Terry) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The cast, sets, costumes and direction of Muhly's opera Marnie impress, but the music somehow falls short of expectations.
***11
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Opera in Jazz: Terence Blanchard's Champion

Arthur Woodley (Emile Griffith) © Scott Suchman for WNO
Washington National Opera continues its cycle of social justice operas.
***11
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A Rheingold that works on every level in Minnesota

Highly idiomatic and effective singing by Greer Grimsley, Denyce Graves and other cast members, coupled with inventive stagecraft wizardry, make the Minnesota Opera's first-ever Rheingold a memorable production.
****1
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