Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Opera in America

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Opera in America

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Aria ready for some opera? The season is in full voice across the United States right now. The variety and range of offerings is staggering, but here are a few of the outstanding productions, such as 'Dead Man Walking' and 'Otello.'

Arizona

Phoenix

Arizona Opera

Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites

Feb. 28, March 1-3; Tucson, April 5-7

Kirk Muspratt conducts Poulenc's moving work about martyred nuns during the French Revolution.

602-266 7464 or www.azopera.com

California

Santa Ana

Opera Pacific

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: March 1-3

Renee Fleming Recital: March 17

Samuel Ramey Recital: April 7

Heggie: Dead Man Walking: April 16-21

Opera Pacific offers the resonant bass Eric Halfvarson as Prince Gremin in "Eugene Onegin," followed by two superstar concerts and a run of the compelling opera "Dead Man Walking."

949-474 44880 or www.operapacific.org

Connecticut

Hartford

Connecticut Opera

Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann

April 25-27

Conductor Willie Anthony Waters leads veteran bass John Cheek in the role of Lindorf in Offenbach's delirious riff on stories by Hoffmann.

860-246-6807 or www.connecticutopera.org

District of Columbia

Washington

The Washington Opera

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

March 30, April 2-20

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades

May 11-28, June 2-8

Up-and-coming tenor Marcello Giordani headlines Verdi's "Ballo" and the still-excellent Placido Domingo stars in "Queen of Spades."

202-295-2400 or www.dc-opera.org

Florida

Miami

Florida Grand Opera

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

March 13-24; Fort Lauderdale, March 28, 30.

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

May 8-19; Fort Lauderdale, May 23, 25.

Stalwart American bass James Morris ventures the title role in Mussorgsky's epic, while brilliant conductor Will Crutchfield fizzes up Donizetti's delightful comedy.

305-800-741-1010 or www.fgo.org

Maryland

Baltimore

Baltimore Opera

Verdi: Otello

March 14-24

Christian Badea conducts star soprano Aprile Millo as Desdemona and solid baritone Alexandru Agache as Iago.

410-727-6000 or www.baltimoreopera.com

Massachusetts

Boston

Handel and Haydn Society

Handel: Ariodante

April 19, 21

Music director Christopher Hogwood will lead a performance of Handel's rarely staged opera. It makes a nice change from 'Messiah.'

617-262-1815 or

www.handelandhaydn.org

Michigan

Detroit

Michigan Opera

Delibes: Lakme

May 11-19

Motown will be trilling to the sound of the famous "Bell Song" of Lakme, as sung by coloratura virtuoso Sumi Jo in the title role. …

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