Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 2

The Otello at the ROH is proper Big Event Opera - the most famous, revered singer of his generation making his debut in one of the biggest roles in the repertoire. The announcement of Jonas Kaufmann in this production set off months of internet frenzy, many people fearing or expecting (and some, I'm sure, even … Continue reading Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 2

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Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 1

As luck and coincidence would have it, I'm seeing two operas based on a Shakespeare play back to back this summer. This past Saturday, I went to Glyndebourne to see the Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet, and on Sunday, I'm seeing Verdi's Otello (yes, with That Tenor) at the Royal Opera. The Glyndebourne trip was … Continue reading Tonight at the opera: Shakespeare edition, vol. 1