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The HOT Take Abroad Pt. 3 – Boris Godunov

Prom number 2 was a concert performance of Mussorgsky’s epic opera, Boris Godunov, by the Royal Opera House. As with HOT’s recent concert performance, the chorus and orchestra were onstage throughout, with the soloists entering and exiting according to the score. Since this production had already been performed fully staged at the Royal Opera House, the soloists were in costume.

The HOT Take Abroad Pt. 2

Last night there was a concert featuring a new piece by Jonathan Dove, who was in Hawaii last year for HOT’s production of his opera Siren Song. Jonathan’s new work is a wonderfully evocative song cycle for string quartet and tenor, performed by Mark Padmore, who was my roommate at King’s. He is now one of the leading English tenors in oratorio and recital repertoire, and his lyrical and authoritative performance was both impressive and deeply moving. The poetry is by the Syrian writer, Ali Safar, in a translation by Anne-Marie McManus, and Jonathan displays his extraordinary ability to set words to music, unleashing the bleak despair and real human grief of the Syrian civil war, while holding out the promise of future hope.

The HOT Take Abroad

This was a stunning, new production, with designs by the Indian sculptor, Anish Kapoor, famous for his large-scale installations. The set was strikingly dramatic, featuring large abstract structures in the center of the stage, with fabulous lighting by Paul Anderson. ENO performs everything in English, and the translation by Andrew Porter was clear and simple – the supertitles were almost superfluous. The principal roles are exceptionally demanding, and Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Heidi Melton (Isolde) did sterling work, with the Act 2 duet a highlight. There was excellent support from Scottish Mezzo-soprano, Karen Cargill as Brangane, and Craig Colclough as Kurwenal, and the orchestra was beautifully conducted by Edward Gardner, with fine pacing and structure, which is essential for this gargantuan work.

The Star-Advertiser Review – Spectacular ‘Rigoletto’ benefits from concert format

Sunday’s concert performance of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” marked a first for both Hawaii and Hawaii Opera Theatre, which has built its 55-year reputation on fully staged operas. At first blush, a concert production lacking sets and costumes may seem somehow “less” than a fully staged production, but HOT’s performance was such a resounding success, it revealed […]

Happy Father’s Day – Save 25% On Tickets to Rigoletto!

Save 25% & Celebrate Father’s Day! Rigoletto might have kept his daughter locked up to keep her safe but don’t keep Dad locked out of this deal – Receive a 25% Discount on Tickets to HOT’s concert production of Verdi’s Rigoletto starring Hawaii’s Quinn Kelsey!  With rising star, Nadine Sierra! Purchase online at of […]

Hawaii Opera Theatre’s ‘Il Trovatore’ is a melodramatic shocker

Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Verdi’s “Il trovatore” (The Troubadour) is the first Honolulu has seen in over two decades. It’s a melodramatic shocker that took the world by storm, simultaneously delivering tradition while transforming opera into something new. In its early centuries, opera was focused on delivering satisfying endings, natural conclusions to human dilemmas, […]