Opera in America
Ivry, Benjamin, The Christian Science Monitor
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 Hoffmann.
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. …