The “semi-staging” seen here delivers less theater than no staging at all.
The group is among the most distinguished AVA has had in memory.
The provocative show that director Emma Griffin offers here goes beyond a reimagined staging.
How do you like your Carmen? The role – and Bizet’s opera – contain multitudes.
The vocal standards are high, and the pleasure of discovering new talent always exhilarating.
Without its companion pieced, Trouble in Tahiti, this difficult late work feels like half of an opera.
A terrific evening of music and theater, and a thrilling affirmation of a magnificent work.
But why isn’t there more light and clarity in this moody but muddy work about illuminated manuscripts?
This chamber-sized production offers some large-scale musical pleasures.
Conductor Cristian Macelaru’s middle-of-the-road approach has glorious moments, but doesn’t quite cohere dramatically.