PostHeaderIcon “Norma”, Lyric’s New Vocal Gem

The opera “Norma” holds a special place in Lyric Opera’s legacy. It was first performed during Lyric’s opening season (1954) by the iconic soprano, Maria Callas. Yet, those who were in the audience at last Saturday’s opening night performance … Read more

PostHeaderIcon The Disappearing Mathematician

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) was a mathematical genius whose contributions to the theory of numbers include pioneering discoveries related to the partition function. He was mainly self-taught and his mastery of fractions, infinity and string theory was unequaled by living mathematicians … Read more

PostHeaderIcon “Les Troyens” Conquers Lyric

The season is still quite young and Lyric Opera has scored its second blockbuster triumph with its first-ever staging of Hector Berlioz‘s epic music-drama, “Les Troyens”. The work is so massive in scale (monumental chorus, orchestra, ballet company … Read more

PostHeaderIcon The Queen Who Kept Her Head

As part of its 20th season, Timeline is presenting a pleasurable re-imagination of her marriage to the tempestuous Henry with the American premiere of Kate Hennig's play, "The Last Wife". It was first presented at the Stratford Festival in Canada last year where it enjoyed a three month, sold-out engagement

PostHeaderIcon “Tristan and Isolde” Twice

I spent seven hours in two darkened movie theaters two weekends ago gorging on a full plate of opera.  Yet, I emerged from this musical marathon not spent but energized by two fascinating takes on one of opera’s supreme works, Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde”. There … Read more

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