- Ades, The Tempest. Seen on HD broadcast, heard some excerpts live at SFS (never reviewed the program). I continue to like this opera a lot. People like to pound on the libretto, which I think is quite a bit better than they do. If not for supertitles, would it be so disliked?
- Birtwistle (The Minotaur, or any opera). I saw Gawain and Yan Tan Tethera in London and would like to see them both again. Gawain is deeply serious and surprisingly philosophical; YTT is the obvious entry-level Birtwistle opera. It is serious but also very charming. I mean, how many operas have a chorus of sheep?
- Britten (anything except Billy Budd). I've seen the magnificent Peter Grimes at SFS and two productions of Turn of the Screw, while managing to miss two productions of The Rape of Lucretia.
- Janacek, From the House of the Dead. Seen on DVD in the great Chereau production, conducted by Boulez. A great, great piece.
- Strauss, Frau ohne Schatten. Seen at the Met and reviewed here.
- Verdi, Falstaff. Seen again last year at SFO in a not-very-lovable Olivier Tambosi. I need to write this up.
- Boito, Mefistofele. Seen last year at SFO; I need to write it up.
- Dallapiccola, Il Prigioniero. Seen in concert in London, not yet reviewed.
- Barber, Vanessa. Seen at West Edge; reviewed here.
- Glass, Einstein on the Beach. Seen on tour and sensationally great; reviewed here for SFCV.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Fantasy Opera Update
Three years ago, I wrote a series of postings detailing the operas I would stage if I had all the money in the world. It was, of course, a list of operas I'd like to see. Here's an update on which of those works I've managed to see.