An unemployed conspiracy theorist faces off against a federal agent inside a museum of Toby jugs in this ruefully humorous work at Pittsburgh Opera.
In ‘The Mother of Us All,’ Susan B. Anthony leads the charge for women’s suffrage; in ‘Freedom Ride,’ a young black woman decides whether to openly fight segregation in interstate travel.
The myth of Orpheus told with mixed results in Los Angeles; political satire transported to a modern setting in New York.
The annual Prototype Festival offers operas and other performances that push artistic boundaries.
William Kentridge’s new production of Alban Berg’s work at the Metropolitan Opera is rich, expansive and revelatory on stage and in the pit.
Heartbeat Opera’s contemporary makeover of Carl Maria von Weber’s story of a struggling marksman moves the story from 17th-century Bohemia to modern rural Texas.
Teodor Currentzis, leading his musicAeterna orchestra and chorus in their North American debut, delivered a revelatory performance of Verdi’s work.
Philip Glass’s opera about the pharaoh who abolished Egypt’s polytheistic religion is a non-narrative, totally engrossing historical fantasy.
Benjamin Britten’s opera gets a staging in an appropriately creepy setting; a contorted take on traditional lieder concerts; and the end of one world meets the beginning of a new one.
Hannah Lash’s chamber opera explores the fragility of imagination and inspiration.
Boston Lyric Opera’s staging of Leoncavallo’s opera transformed the traveling theater troupe setting of the work into a circus.
The Met’s uniformly well-cast new production of the famed American opera paints a vivid portrait of a complex place.
At Opera Philadelphia’s annual fall festival, works included Prokofiev’s ‘The Love for Three Oranges,’ the world premiere of ‘Denis & Katya,’ and James Darrah’s revised production of ‘Semele.’
Kamala Sankaram and Rob Handel’s opera takes a hard look at surveillance in an app-based world.
The Glimmerglass Festival presents the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s ‘Blue,’ as well as a shortened version of ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’ and productions of ‘Show Boat’ and ‘La Traviata.’
In the company’s latest season, a revelatory production of Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’; an appropriately bleak take on Janáček’s ‘Jenůfa’; the world premiere of Poul Ruders’s slight, Brothers Grimm-inspired ‘The Thirteenth Child.’
Bard Summerscape stages a production of the obscure, mystical 1927 work by film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
A new work at the Cincinnati Opera offers a powerful critique of the criminal justice system by focusing on the lives of six people who were wrongly convicted.
At the Mostly Mozart Festival, Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter’s adaptation of a Langston Hughes poem explores African-American history, identity and musical traditions.
With period instruments and an unusual orchestral setup, Teatro Nuovo’s productions of two obscure operas by Bellini and Rossini offer a taste of what once made these works so wildly successful.