In some parts of our country “Falstaf” like Utica Club or Iron City, is just a regional beer. But for most theatre goers it’s the name of a seminal figure in Shakespeare’s Henry the IVth plays. For opera lovers, it’s not the bold Falstaff of the Henry plays, but the silly lover of “The Merry […]
Two of the Merry Wives, Heather Youngquist and Erin Houghton talk about themselves about the show and about the challenge of singing in German and then speaking in English for this production.
The IU Opera Theater opens its 60th season with a terrific performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s lovely “La Traviata.” The sets and costumes by C. David Higgins got loud applause for the opening ball room, the get away cottage and even the evocatively darkened sickroom of the final scene. The décor was sumptuous with the large […]
Saturday night’s performance of Puccini’s tragic "Madama Butterfly" ended with steadily rising applause as the curtain call progressed with extra punctuation at the appearances of the guest tenor Adam Diegel who sang the role of Pinkerton the young American officer and soprano Jing Zhang who sang the title role of the young girl the officer […]
The IU Opera Theater’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is played well and sung well. The staging satisfyingly offers both dramatic action and space for the lovely extended vocal pieces. There is a new cleverly designed and beautifully executed set and costumes by C. David Higgins. Mozart’s Don Giovanni is described as a tragic-comedy. The […]