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Performer: Michael Christie

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San FranciscoThe (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Michael Christie; Kevin Newbury; San Francisco Opera; Victoria Tzykun; Paul Carey; Edward Parks; Sasha Cooke
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Tinseltown Mozart in Kansas City

Kathryn Lewek (Konstanze) and Matthew J. Williamson (Pasha Selim) © Karli Cadel for Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Alison Moritz's alluring production of The Abduction from the Seraglio for Lyric Opera of Kansas City
*****
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Arrestingly effective: Dead Man Walking at Minnesota Opera

Dennis Petersen (Father Grenville) and Catherine Martin (Sister Helen) © Cory Weaver
Dead Man Walking is currently the most frequently performed contemporary American opera. Joel Ivany's staging, first mounted in Vancouver, opened recently at Minnesota Opera just days after the opera's Spanish première in Madrid. 
****1
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Steve Jobs scores a success in Santa Fe

Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
Mason Bates's much-hyped first opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, excited Santa Fe audiences despite its dramatic shortcomings.
***11
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An unforgettable emotional experience

Kate Lindsey (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Scott Suchman for WNO
American composer Jake Heggie's early opera performed by Washington National Opera was one of those rare experiences of an opera full of raw power and wrenching emotion with superb performers that one is not likely to forget soon.
*****
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A Rheingold that works on every level in Minnesota

Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver
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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