dwb REVIEW: Not a Question of “If” My Son, But “When” – The Cautionary Love of a Black Mother
Composer Susan Kander and librettist Roberta Gumbel brought a montage of poetic and haunting moments examining the trials and triumphs Black mothers experience as their children come of age in a society plagued by racism and inequality in four shows across Greensboro.
Greensboro Opera’s La bohème: Visually and Vocally Stunning, An Opera for Everyone!
November 11 & 13, 2022
Greensboro Opera continued its 40-plus years of bringing high-quality opera to Greensboro with a moving production of La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). The 2.5-hour, four-act opera was entirely engaging, with impressive sets, period costumes, and wonderful leads in all of the roles.
“Perhaps more so than any other musical genre, and more so in the Twenty-First Century than ever before, opera is a community effort that depends upon a carefully-managed coordination of artistic, financial, and logistical collaborations. Putting on good shows with good singers is not sufficient to ensure an opera company’s survival. An opera company must look beyond the stage upon which its productions come to life for the raw materials with which to build its future. Most vital amongst these raw materials is involvement in the host community. Under David Holley’s stewardship, Greensboro Opera’s rôle in its community has metamorphosed from the elitist indulgence typical of opera in the United States to an advantageous cultural symbiosis. With this fantastic, superbly-sung production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Greensboro Opera’s standing in both its local and global communities is solidified: no longer just Greensboro’s hometown opera, Greensboro Opera is a home for opera performed as composers and librettists intended.”