The Boston Lyric Opera is mounting a fabulous staging of Benjamin Britten’s visceral opera.
Every performance of opera should leave an audience so exhilarated.
There’s so much going on in the area that’s good that it’s a challenge to go wrong.
The BLO’s production was one of the troupe’s true staging triumphs of late, transforming the Steriti Ice Rink into a 1950s-style nightclub.
It would have been wonderful to have seen either a faithful version of Threepenny Opera in German or a boldly conceived contemporary version.
“You can be certain that when the show begins and you hear “Mack the Knife,” the choreography will suggest scenes of slashing and murdering.”
For my taste, too much of the stage action during Friday’s performance was stiff and shopworn.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.
By opting to set Figaro as a straight comedy, Cucchi’s production glossed over the opera’s subversive edge.
Bieito’s vision – even if it’s not quite as racy as advertised – comes off better than any new canonical production of the BLO’s I’ve seen recently.