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The Death of Ophelia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, posted on Openingnight.Online. MET DP852283
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Elizabeth Ann Foster

Hamlet at The Met

Hamlet was not written for dance numbers but for murders. But there are ample opportunities for arias. The recent Macbeth version, directed by Sam Gold, added original songs to altered text. A full-length opera of Hamlet is ambitious.

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Merkin Hall. Kaufmanmusicenter.org.
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Edward A Kliszus

Riverside Opera Ensemble

The broad selection of musical works provided marvelous musical moments; artistry, vocal command, drama, and sheer choric beauty abounded.

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La Boheme Stage Set, Act 1, by Reginald Gray
Music
Elizabeth Ann Foster

La Bohéme at the Met

Taking several newbies to The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York was fascinating and heartwarming as I witnessed their almost instantaneous psychic connection to the multimedia extravaganza with its story, music, drama, characters, setting, orchestra, and amazing choric artistes extraordinaire – the singers.

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Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera, Metopera.org
Music
Edward A Kliszus

Madama Butterfly at Lincoln Center

From the moment lights dimmed and the curtain raised, we saw Puccini’s vision of Madama Butterfly and entered his artistic world, thoroughly suspending our disbelief to participate in a story of sublime creative beauty, poignancy, and tragedy. Lyric soprano Eleonora Buratto’s breathtaking, sumptuous high Db filled the concert hall with rapturous, soaring grandeur.

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George London Award 2022 Winners Photo by Jennifer Taylor HR
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Edward A Kliszus

The 50th George London Foundation Competition

This event is a gift from the legacy of renowned bass-baritone George London (1920-1985). The Competition introduces and welcomes luminaries of the operatic stage to the world. Past winners of this prestigious competition include Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Dawn Upshaw. 2022c Competition winner Eric Ferring marvelously conveyed the beauty of each subtle impassioned intone of the music in the bel canto style with mastery of messe di voce, phrasing, agility, and sangfroid.

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