Juneau Lyric Opera has produced some of the most famous operatic works in history over the past few years, including "The Mikado," "La Boheme," "The Marriage of Figaro" and last season's "La Traviata.
Fluffy dialogue, period wooing in period costumes and lovely arias - who could ask for anything more in a comic opera?
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World
Years ago when she was living in New York City, Opera to GO! founder Joyce Parry Moore would attend the annual Mostly Mozart Festival, a month-long tribute to the Austrian composer and some of his peers.
Lennon and McCartney. Plant and Page. Mozart and Da Ponte.
Juneau Lyric Opera has produced many of the most important pieces of opera during its 35-year history. I distinctly remember the 1990s production of Carmen at Juneau-Douglas High School, in particular Kathleen Wayne's terrific performance in that title role. As I've followed this troupe over the years, enjoying their work, I was excited to take in "The Marriage of Figaro" as soon as I heard it was to be the spring production. I enjoyed last fall's "Mikado," but was not entirely smitten by its overall effect given the unevenness of that production.
The Juneau Lyric Opera recently held our first fundraiser in more than 31 years. We couldn't have done it without generous donations from individuals and businesses throughout the community.
For the Juneau Student Symphonies performance.
I'm an early tourist from Alexandria, Va. My wife and I came to Juneau to take in the usual tourist experiences, but a serendipitous notion led us to attend a performance of the Juneau Lyric Opera's presentation of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" on Friday night. It was more impressive than the helicopter tour to the glacier, which was mind-blowing by itself.
The Juneau Lyric Opera Company will hold auditions during the weekend of Sept. 13-14 for its 2009 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."
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