Posts tagged "Rene Barbera"

Don Pasquale (Lyric Opera of Chicago): Simple Story with Lots of Laughs

Don Pasquale (Lyric Opera of Chicago): Simple Story with Lots of Laughs
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines Sometimes, the simplest stories are the most enjoyable. In the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Don Pasquale”, the narrative is straightforward: Ernesto is out of Don Pasquale’s will for not marrying the woman his aging uncle prefers. Dr. Malatesta comes to the rescue, plotting a way for Ernesto and... Read more »

"Ariadne auf Naxos" (Lyric Opera): Seriously Playful, Playfully Serious!

I’ve gone back to my old high school to see a musical.  It was uncomfortable. After regularly seeing full-blown Chicago-based extravaganzas, the hometown version made me feel self-conscious and snobby.  I was uneasy when my friend, the director, eagerly asked me what I thought of the car.  I bit back the clarification, ‘the crappy cardboard... Read more »