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.'
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
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
Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann
Conductor Willie Anthony Waters leads veteran bass John Cheek in
the role of Lindorf in Offenbach's delirious riff on stories by
860-246-6807 or www.connecticutopera.org
District of Columbia
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 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
Christian Badea conducts star soprano Aprile Millo as Desdemona
and solid baritone Alexandru Agache as Iago.
410-727-6000 or www.baltimoreopera.com
Handel and Haydn Society
April 19, 21
Music director Christopher Hogwood will lead a performance of
Handel's rarely staged opera. It makes a nice change from 'Messiah.'
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. …