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DRAMATIC “TROVATORE,” STRIKINGLY ORIGINAL “MAGIC FLUTE” IN CENTRAL CITY. Review By Peter Alexander

Central City Opera opened a powerful, dramatic production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore  Saturday (July 14) in their intimate and historic opera house. Intimate is not just a descriptor; it is a significant reason for the production’s impact. With it’s rousing choruses, virtuoso arias, violent passions and gruesome deaths, Il Trovatore meets all the expectations of grand opera, fit for […]

GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC, Review by Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal

  THE ITINERANT MELOMANE GRAB YOUR OSTRICH AND GO: ALESSANDRO TALEVI’S FLUTE IS PURE MAGIC Charles Jernigan, Jernigan Opera Journal   This review is based on two performances, on July 11 and 21. The Magic Flute is an opera outside of time and space.  It is a fantasy which is set in no specific era and no specific place, […]

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA. Review by Kelly Dean Hansen

“ IL TROVATORE” A TRIUMPH AT CENTRAL CITY OPERA By Kelly Dean Hansen, Ph.D, Freelance Classical Music Writer Music Director John Baril has seen his share of milestones in the pit at Central City Opera, but this summer’s “Il trovatore”—which just played its second performance and runs through August 3—represents a new height for him […]