United States: Houston
Gooding, Wayne, Opera Canada
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ENDED ITS SEASON with a revival of Robert Carsen's 1988 production of Mefistofele, which makes about as strong a case as possible for Boito's sometimes brilliant but often dotty grand operatic happening, If you're familiar with this work, you'll know that it's best to check your credulity at the door, andjust go with the serpentine flow of one of the most unwieldy works in the Italian literature. This revival made for about three and a half hours in the theatre, a breeze compared to the opera's six-hour fiasco of a premiere in 1868.
The production and musical values in Houston were of the highest order. Director Peter McClintock recreated the Carsen production …
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Publication information: Article title: United States: Houston. Contributors: Gooding, Wayne - Author. Magazine title: Opera Canada. Volume: 40. Issue: 3 Publication date: Fall 1999. Page number: 31+. © 1997 Opera Canada Publications. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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