In 1983, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto tried a grand experiment. While the singers performed Elektra in German onstage, simultaneous translations in English were projected above the stage. These “supertitles,” as they’ve come to be known, were quickly adopted
On a steamy evening in late June, Lisa Scen, a retired cook of inscrutable age, donned a simple beige dress and glittery earrings and prepared to go to her first night at the opera.
Here we go again: Beginning on Saturday, the Washington National Opera is staging Puccini’s beloved and oft-performed “Madame Butterfly,” the story of a Japanese woman betrayed by her American husband. The production, originally created in 2006, is designed by a
The Metropolitan Opera, the largest opera company in the United States, is struggling. Its ticket sales are way down — to 66 percent of capacity last season. Its general director, Peter Gelb, has had trouble with everything from labor negotiations
For some opera fans, the most startling thing about Calixto Bieito’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” here last month was not the soldier clad only in his tighty-whities and combat boots, or the nude matador. It was the way a series