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Opera San Antonio Reviews

No need to split hairs - this Barber satisfies

The Barber of Seville

incidentlight.com

Credit: Marty Sohl

Opera is sorta like baseball. A 

home-run slugger or two can give the 

fans some transitory thrills, but the 

team needs strength in every other 

position, all the way down to the 

short-relief pitchers and the batboys, 

to make it to the World Series. 

Joyous love wins in “The Barber of Seville”

The Barber of Seville

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It may have been Election Day on Saturday, but the comic pursuit of love dominated in Opera San Antonio’s “The Barber of Seville” at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The opera company staged a union of virtuosic singing with physical comedy for the ever-popular masterpiece by Biachino Rossini before an audience of more than 1,100 people Saturday night.

Stage director E. Loren Meeker prepared a highly entertaining interpretation of “Barber” with a cast that left nothing more to be desired.

All four top singers quickly established themselves with their opening arias that set into motion the story of “somersaulting hearts.”

New “Magic Flute” inspired by 1791 version

The Land of the Magic Flute

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Somewhere between the sun and the moon, imagination sparked the creation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in the 1700s.

In the 21st century, a new imagination formed “The Land of the Magic Flute,” a work of art that recreates itself every time it is performed — and the production Tuesday night at Trinity University’s Ruth Taylor Recital Hallfor an audience of nearly 300 people was like no other before it.

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"Carmen" comes fresh and correct to the Alamo City

Carmen

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A truly talented cast and crew are bringing Carmen to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 27 and 29, 2016.

The story isn’t new on how Carmen came into being: Georges Bizet predominately worked in the genres of opera, wrote orchestral music, and songs for piano. Bizet was from that hip, intellectual area of Paris known as Montmartre; and he attended the Paris Conservatoire (a place of grooming for talented performers and composers); won the Rome Prize and lived on the government's dime from 1857-1860; and later had some success with one of his earlier minor operas, The Pretty Maid of Perth (1867).

Carmen cast wins out for OPERA San Antonio

Carmen

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The enduring popularity of Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” flows from the uncommon unity of its fabulous melodies with the story’s magnetic characters and their emotions.

Opera San Antonio’s “Carmen” production, the first of its 2016-17 season, magnified that unity in its Thursday night performance in all the ways that counted.

The main strengths of the staging were the exceptionally strong core singing cast that combined with splendid orchestral support from the San Antonio Symphony in the pit, all performing in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts before nearly 1,400 patrons.

Verdi's Rich Opera Shines

Il Trovatore

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If Thursday night’s concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore doesn’t whet San Antonio’s appetite for more high-quality opera, probably nothing can. A collaboration...

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