01 Apr 2006
A New Spark for a Don Beyond Compare
On April 12, 2014, Arizona Opera opened its series of performances of Donizetti's Don Pasquale in Tucson. Chuck Hudson’s production of this opera combined Commedia dell’arte with Hollywood movie history.
By ANNE MIDGETTE [NY Times, 1 April 2006]
"Don Giovanni" is as close as you're going to get to a perfect opera. That statement may draw forth a chorus of protests: it's long, it's sprawling, it hasn't figured out whether it's a comedy or a tragedy, and it lurches from one extreme to the other. But at the New York City Opera on Thursday night, at the second performance of the opera's run there, I was struck by how tightly and satisfyingly the sections fit together, each falling into place with an audible click, like some sort of aural Rubik's Cube.