Another Review of Émilie and Video

This weekend I travelled to Charleston, SC to see all three operas offered by the Spoleto Festival USA - Émilie (Saariaho), The Magic Flute (Mozart) and The Medium (Menotti).  Kaija Saariaho's monodrama Émilie had been criticized for it's lack of dramatic impetus, but I found the interior drama of Émilie du Châtelet to be extremely compelling, expressive yet obviously contrived with the [...]

Jimmy Paulk’s Review of the Spoleto Festival: Filling Atlanta’s Gaps…

When the Atlanta Journal-Constitution down-sized and released several of its arts critics a few years ago,  the critics created their own online forum in which to publish their assessments of Atlanta arts events.  I regularly read http://www.ArtsCriticATL.com because I enjoy Pierre Ruhe's reports of classical music in our southern city.  Below I've pasted a link to Jimmy Paulk's review of [...]

Spoleto Festival USA Box Office Opens Today

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/emilie-opra-national-de-lyon-lyon-france-1917293.html The American counterpart to the  Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy takes place every year in Charleston, SC.  This year the opera offerings include Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Menotti's The Medium, and a newer opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho called Emilie.  (Lyon 2010 review above)  Émilie Kaija Saariaho, Composer Amin Maalouf, Librettist American Premiere Venue: [...]