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05.05.2011 | | Posted at 07:39 AM

Flight Night at the Skylight Saturday, May 7th

By Russ Bickerstaff
As gala fundraiser season prepares to flutter across the local theatre community, the Skylight Opera Theatre brings what should prove to be a relatively classy evening to the Broadway Theatre Center this Saturday. Flight Night at the Skylight—a wine cheese and chocolate event actually sounds remarkably decadent. Those responsible for bringing the wine that is so central to one of these...
03.20.2011 | | Posted at 02:41 PM

The Skylight’s pleasantly disorienting juxtaposition in COSI FAN TUTTE

By Russ Bickerstaff
The Skylight Opera Theatre’s latest Mozart opera opens with a recording of Frank Sinatra. There’s that distinctive sound of the orchestra tuning-up, then the curtain speech. The light’s dim, and there’s the distinctive sound of Frank (or was it Tony Bennett?) singing about Chicago. The song feels a few vague years out of synch with the era of the production, which is itself a few hundre...
03.09.2011 | | Posted at 11:59 PM

The Skylight Opera Theatre presents Mozart’s classic comic opera COSI FAN TUTTE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Mozart was only 34 when his comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte debuted. It was January of 1790. He would die in December of the following year. Over 200 years later, The Skylight Opera Theatre brings it to the stage of the Broadway Theatre Center in a new translation by Dimitri Toscas. Toscas, who had previously worked with the Skylight on La Triviata has also done extensive work in California. Filmmake...
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Today @ Skylight Opera Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

When listening to the dreamy, visceral work of Jacques Brel, one instantly pictures a man singing by a piano in a smoky bar in Europe. The Belgian singer-songwriter didn’t own a remarkable voice, but his best work perfectly captured...
02.02.2011 | | Posted at 06:53 AM

Blizzard Closes Two Performances of JACQUES BREL

By Russ Bickerstaff
A little less than an hour ago, the Skylight Opera Theatre, which really never cancels shows, really will. Today’s (February 2nd) performances of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris have been canceled due to what some meteorologists are calling the worst snowstorm since 1999. Neither the 2pm matinee NOR the 7:30pm evening show will hit the stage today. Both performances were sc...
01.29.2011 | | Posted at 02:49 PM

Opening Night With The Skylight Opera Theatre’s JACQUES BREL

By Russ Bickerstaff
During intermission a woman wearing a Skylight Opera staff pin passed by. I overheard her saying something about the number of reviewers in attendance . . . excitedly adding that the audience was “on.” It was opening night for the Skylight Opera Theatre’s production of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris. The audience was electric—immensely responsive to a show—not only a...
12.21.2010 | | Posted at 05:07 PM

Two options for the evening of the 31st

By Russ Bickerstaff
With the longest night of the year almost past, New Year�s Eve approaches. There are a couple of notably musical events taking place the last evening of 2010 . . . The Skylight Opera Theatre�opens Gershwin and Friends this New Year�s Eve. It�s an intimate musical review of Gershwin tunes from the �20�s, �30�s and �40�s. The Broadway Theatre Center�s cozy studio theatre is sold-out for New Yea...
11.22.2010 | | Posted at 05:09 AM

The Skylight Opera Theatre Returns to a Classic With G&S� H.M.S. Pinafore

By Russ Bickerstaff
Big, professional productions of old Gilbert and Sullivan musicals can chisel themselves into the stage like stale museum pieces. A good G&S production is a delicate balance between sophisticated socio-political satire, song, dance and pure fun. Director Bill Theisen does a really good job of keeping juggling all of the elements of a good professional Gilbert and Sullivan production with the S...
09.29.2010 | | Posted at 05:43 PM

The Wilson Center hosts a n intimate concert—something of a preview for the Skylight’s JACQUES BREL this January

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s something really visceral about the work of Jaques Brel. The Belgian singer-songwriter had kind of an unremarkable voice, relatively speaking. . . but his best work so perfectly captured a very specific mood that almost anyone can relate to. Sit anyone down and have them listen to a recording of Brel’s and they’ll instantly picture a man singing by a piano in a smoky bar in Europe ...