REVIEW: “A Quiet Place” at Tanglewood

by Fred Baumgarten The best way to appreciate Leonard Bernstein’s 1983 opera, A Quiet Place, is through the music. At Tanglewood last week, this infrequently performed work was given a spirited defense by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and Vocal Fellows under the baton of Stefan Asbury, in a 2013 version with reduced orchestration. Legendary Bernstein…

Berkshire Opera Festival Presents Verdi’s “Rigoletto”

Great Barrington, MA –Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) is proud to present Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, Rigoletto for its third season, with performances August 25, 28, and 31 at the historic Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The production is conducted by Artistic DirectorBrian Garman and directed by General Director Jonathon Loy. As with the first and second seasons, there will also be accompanying…

Valley Light Opera Auditions for “The Gondoliers”

Valley Light Opera announces auditions May 24, 25 and 28th for its 44th annual Fall production, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers to be presented in the Fall of 2018 at the historic Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts November 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th at 7:30 PM and 4th and 11th at 2:00PM. Music Director: Aldo Fabrizi Artistic/Stage Director: Michael O.…

The Mahaiwe Announces May Line-up

Great Barrington, Mass.— In May, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present three-time Grammy-nominated jazz prodigy Joey Alexander, as well as HD broadcasts of Met Opera’s Cendrillo, and London’s National Theatre’s Macbeth, plus a film screening of the iconic comedy Ghostbusters, and the Mahaiwe education program will present a theatrical puppetry performance for elementary school…

The Whit Presents Fully Staged Opera” The Old Maid and the Thief”

Whitney Center for the Arts presents it’s first fully staged opera, Gian Carlo Menotti’s radio opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. Hilariously funny with beautiful music, the opera runs about about one hour and is in English.  Set in a 1940’s radio station, the American one-act opera is performed in which a handsome vagrant takes up lodgings with…