Tag Archives: David McVicar

B-I-G, Big Berlioz

by Suzanne Calvin

For the first time in forty years, Berlioz’ grand five-and-a-half hour masterpiece, LES TROYENS, is trodding the boards in a complete staging at London’s Royal Opera House.  Critic Andrew Clements at “The Guardian” gave the new David McVicar production four out of five stars in this review.  Perhaps he knocked off a star for the questionable use of […]

Anna Loses Her Head, Again

by Suzanne Calvin

Mark your calendars and set your DVR for “Great Performances at the Met” on KERA, Channel 13, January 20th at 8 PM. The performance in question is the recent David McVicar production of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. Here’s more from the PBS website: “The opera, a compelling dramatization of […]

Goya for Broke!

by Suzanne Calvin

I will freely admit that my chief interest in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of “Il trovatore” isn’t the marvelous Patricia Racette (a stunning Jenufa at the Dallas Opera a few seasons back) or the equally compelling artistry of Zeljko Lucic (who sang Nabucco as a force of nature in our grand production designed by Frances Bagley and […]