Articles by Philip Hodge
How can anyone not like Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville"? I even enjoyed it twice at Opera San Jose
My fear that "Yeoman of the Guard" by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan would not live up to my anticipation did not materialize. I loved it
When opera is good, the music and the actions on stage each complement the other. But here while the ear is hearing a tale of great emotion, grand passion, and eventual doom, the eye is viewing the pitiable comic on stage. There is no harmony
Inevitably, Puccini’s opera has been called an “oater”. I would sum up the Met production as pure grade A oats
The music and singing were excellent throughout and despite minor flaws, the overall effect of Don Carlo was so powerful that defects were overshadowed
Dad explained to me that one shouldn’t take operatic characters too seriously; just enjoy the music and the comic situations they get themselves into
Staging makes all the difference between this Emerging Pictures HD production of Das Rheingold from La Scala and the two previous performances I saw
Have I convinced you to NOT go to the Encore performance on Wednesday, December 1 2010 at 6:30 local time? I hope not, because it is a wonderful performance and I am definitely planning to see it again. “Huh?” you ask. “How can you want to see it again when the story is so distasteful?”
The story of Elina Makropulos is a strange one. She was born in 1537 in Greece . . . . [she would] live for three hundred years without ageing
Tosca at its best is THE essential tragic opera. And yet, Tosca is not like any other opera.
I enjoyed it tremendously. The music was the same. The performers were different but the characters were the same. The language was the different but this one was simply a translation of that one. But it was a totally different experience.
I was excited about the San Francisco Opera performance of Cyrano de Bergerac because I was going to hear Plácido Domingo live
I have just seen my best-ever performance of "Madama Butterfly" at San Francisco Opera
The plot of La Forza del Destino is really very simple. Leonora and Don Alvaro are in love. Alvaro kills Leonora’s father and brother. He sends Leonora to her dying brother who kills her. Of course, there are some extenuating circumstances . . . .
The theater lights dim, the audience becomes quiet. There is an air of expectancy in the CinéArts @ Palo Alto Square Theatre where at 10 AM Saturday morning the giant screen is ready to show the 1 pm performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center New York City.
If the characters all live happily ever after
and the audience leaves the theater humming and chuckling,
who can ask for more? All that is true of the San Francisco Opera production of Figaro
"Aida" was spectacular at the War Memorial Stadium and at AT&T park
I just saw "Werther" and was surprised at the similarities to "Anna Karenina"
For this incredible opera, I need a new vocabulary
If all goes well for me during the coming 2010-11 operatic season, it will be the Year of the Ring.
Last night I attended my sixth performance of La Traviata this summer, this one by the Fremont Opera. And every time there were tears in my eyes as the orchestra played the final notes of Act III.
When the opera opens, she has been High Priestess for ten or so years and apparently no one except her personal slave Clotilde knows that she has...
The Lamplighters Music Theatre has been producing Gilbert & Sullivan operas in San Francisco since 1852. Their production of Pirates of Penzance is a treat
But Carmen. Ah, Carmen. There’s a gal worth composing for
In most Grand Opera the lead male character is fairly stupid - the Prince of Tartary (we don’t know until the last act that his name is Calàf) raises stupidity to a new height (depth?).
You win some (the marvelous La Traviata I saw last week, for example) and you lose some. But if the Met Encores this performance again...
Yesterday as the final quiet chords were played by the piano and eight-piece orchestra of Pocket Opera, I was not just emotionally “satisfied”. I was emotionally saturated, emotionally drained, emotionally exhausted
Going to an Emerging Pictures' European HD performance is frequently an adventure. One of the strangest adventures is what Claus Guth does to Mozart at the Salzburg Festival
Regarding the Met HD "Eugene Onegin" production, San Francisco Splash operanut questions - Is it me? Is it this particular production? Is it Met HD?
My high expectations for the Met HD performance of Roméo et Juliette were not realized largely due to not having an intermission and technical problems