Karyl Charna Lynn
The Opera Critic

Features, Articles, News, Analysis, Reviews, Interviews, Profiles in Opera Now  2004-2019 and Classical Music magazine and Festival Guide

Opera Now 2019


World Premiere Review: Schoenberg in Hollywood, Boston Lyric Opera, Paramount Theater, MA


Company Profile, Verdi Festival, Parma, Italy


Opera Now 2018


Feature: Weekend in Sarasota, Opera Sarasota, Florida

Review: Der Freischütz, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy

Article Travel: Canary Islands, Opera Tenerife


Feature: Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain

Company profile: New Orleans Opera, Louisiana

Article: Letter from Tenerife, Canary Islands

Review: Orphèe aux Enfers, New Orleans Opera, Mahilia Jackson Theater, Louisiana

Review: Inauguration of season Andrea Chenier, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy


Article: Preview Festival O18, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Article: Company Profile Wolf Trap, Wolf Trap Opera, Vienna, VIrginia


Review: Don Carlo, Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center, D.C.

Article: Preview Festival d’Opera de Quebec, Quebec City, Canada


Review: Orfeo ed Euridice, Florida Grand Opera, Ziff Opera House, Miami


Article: Weekend in Parma, Festival Verdi, Teatro Regio, Teatro Verdi Busseto, Italy

Review Roundup: Sarasota Opera Festival, Florida


Review, Magic Flute, Festival d’Opera de Quebec, Quebec City, Canada

World Premiere Review, El Cristo di Elqui, Opera Nacional de Chile, Santiago


Article: Letter from Valencia, Palau des Artes, Spain


Review Roundup, Festival O18, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Opera Now 2017


Feature: Weekend in Santiago, Chile

Review: The Greek, Boston Lyric Opera, Paramount Theater, Massachusetts


Feature: Weekend in Boston, Massachusetts

World Premiere Review: Dictator’s Wife, Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center, D.C.

Review Inauguration of season Madama Butterfly, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy


Company Profile, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Feature: Letter from Quebec, L’Opera de Quebec, Canada

World Premier Review: Riders of the Purple Sage, Arizona Opera, Tucson

Review: Dead Man Walking, Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center, D.C.


Feature: Festival Focus, Sarasota Opera, Florida


Feature: International Verdi Voices competition, Parma/Busseto, Italy

Article: Guest Editor Sinfonia por el Peru, Lima


Festival Roundup Verdi Festival, Parma, Italy


World Premiere Review: Breaking the Waves, Opera Philadelphia, Kimmel Center, Pennsylvania


Interview: Puccini Cycle at Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Festival Round-up, Verdi Festival, Parma, Italy


Opera Now 2016


Preview: Travel, Quebec, Canada; Santiago, Chile


Review: Don Carlo, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

Review: I due Foscari, Teatro Municipal, Santiago


Review: Prince of Players, world premiere, Houston Grand Opera


Reviews: Sarasota Opera Festival, Aida, Battle di Legnano

News: Letter from Miami

Feature: Rising American singers


Review: La fanciualla del West, Teatro alla Scala, Milan


Review: World premiere, Break the Waves, Opera Philadelphia


Interview: Puccini Cycle, Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Chailly

Review: Don Carlo, Giovanna d'Arco, Verdi Festival Parma, Italy

Classical Music 2016

Feature: Iitti Festival, Iitti, Finland - May

Opinion piece-Private vs public funding - August

Website articles 2016

Review: Lucia di Lammermoor, Royal Opera House, London, UK

Review: Amleto, Falstaff, Delaware Opera Festival

Review: Better Gods, world premiere, Washington National Opera

Review: Glass vs Glass-Appomattox (revised world premiere) Washington Opera-Penal Colony Boston Lyric Opera

Opera Now 2015


Review, Postcard from Morocco, Cape Town Opera, South Africa


World Premiere review, Enemies: A Love Story, Palm Beach Opera, Florida

Feature: North American Summer Festival Guide


Feature: Weekend in Chicago

Feature: Landmark Series-Midwest USA

Round-up Sarasota Opera Festival, Florida


Newspiece Opera America Conference

Review: La Ciocara, world premiere, San Francsico Opera


Preview, Fort Worth Opera, JFK

Feature: Weekend in Philadelphia 


Classical Music Magazine and Festival Guide 2015

Feature:Solti Foundation

Feature: Sibelius 150 anniversary festival Lahti


Website articles 2015

World premiere review Penny, Washington National Opera, DC

Review: Space Opera, world premiere, Poznan Opera, Poland

Der fliegende Hollander, Washington National Opera, DC

Review, Halka, Poznan Opera, Poland

Feature: Sibelius Festival  2105, Lahti, Finland

Review: Don Carlo, Opera Philadelphia


Opera Now 2014


News and Notes: Letter from Florida, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera

Review, Parsifal, Teatr Wielki, Poznan, Poland

Review, Lizzie Borden, Boston Lyric Opera


Feature, Libiamo, Opera in California

Review, Sarasota Opera Festival Round-up

Review, No Exit, Florida Grand Opera, Miami


Round-up, Quebec Opera Festival, Verdi's Requiem, L'Enfant et les sortileges

Company Profile: Opera Philadelphia


Solti Foundation-Conductor Residency Program at Florentine Opera


Opera Now website articles 2014

Review, Rienzi, Latvian National Opera, Riga, Latvia

Review, Ubu Rex, Baltic Opera, Gdansk, Poland

Review, Giulio Cesare, Wolf Trap Opera

World Premiere Review, Trans Mahgrab, Bregrenz Opera Festival, Austria

Review, Florencia en el Amazonas, Washington National Opera

Review, Sweeney Todd, Virginia Opera

Review: Trans Mahgreb, world premiere, Bregenz Festival

Opera Now 2013


Review, Parsifal, Deutsche Opera, Berlin, Germany


Letter from Washington, Washington National Opera

Review, Der ferne Klang, Opera du Rhin, Strasbourg, France

Review, Manon Lescaut, Polish National Opera, Warsaw, Poland


Feature-Highlights of 2013 USA Summer Festivals


Preview, Quebec Opera Festival

Review, Sarasota Opera Festival Roundup


Review, Aspen Papers, Dallas Opera


Feature, Postcard -US Deep South

Review, Galileo, Galilei, Aida, Cincinnati Opera Festival

Review, Our Town, Il barbieri di Siviglia, Central City Opera Festival


Review,  Dolores Claiborne (World Premiere), San Francisco Opera


Review, Italy Round-up: Aida, Don Carlos, La Scala, Milan; Nabucco, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, I Masnadieri, Teatro Regio, Parma.


Opera Now website articles 2013

Review-Fliegender Hollander, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Review-Tristan und Isolde, Canadian Opera Company

Feature-Florida Grand Opera, New Direction, New General Director, New Era, Mourning Becomes Electra

Reviews-Norma, Manon Lescaut, Washington National Opera

Review-Cyberiada-premiere-Teatr Wielki, Poznan Poland

Review-Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Tales of Hoffman, Cosi fan tutte, San Francisco Opera

Review-Powder Her Face, Damnation of Faust, Festival d’Opera Quebec

Opera Now 2012


Company Profile – Anchorage Opera, Alaska

Review – Silent Night (world premiere) Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis


Postcard from the East Coast USA

Company Focus – Sarasota Opera and 30 Years Victor De Rienzi, Florida

Review – Macbeth, Boston Lyric Opera, Massachusetts


Review – Nabucco, Washington National Opera, District of Colombia   


Festival Review – The Tempest, Nelligan, Le Jeu de Robin et Marion, Tangopera, Quebec Opera Festival


Company Profile – Boston Lyric Opera, Massachusetts


Opera Now 2011


Company Feature: Florentine Opera, Milwaukee (Wisconsin)

Review: Salome, Washington National Opera (Washington, D.C.) 


Travel Feature: Postcard from Montevideo, Teatro Solís (Uruguary)

Festival Feature: Opera New Jersey, Princeton  


Travel Feature: Postcard from New Orleans

Singer Profile: David Daniels 


Review: Die tote Stadt, Finnish National Opera (Helsinki)

Review: Maria Padilla, Opera Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)

Review World Premiere: The Inspector, Wolf Trap Opera (Vienna, Virginia)

Review Revised World Premiere: Cyrano, Florida Grand Opera (Miami, Florida) 


Review: Goetterdaemmerung, San Francisco Opera

News: Washington National Opera becomes part of Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC)


Feature Opera and Architecture: Rapid Reaction, Chile's Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile

Feature Opera and Architecture: Glory Days, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Feature Technology at the Opera, Atlanta Opera, Porgy and Bess, Georgia

News and Notes: Finnish National Opera Celebrates 100 Years, Helsinki, Finland


News and Notes: Inauguration of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri.


Website articles 2012  www.operanow.co.uk

Lohengrin, Don Giovanni, Tosca, Don Carlo, Savolinna Opera Festival 2011, Finland January 2012

 La Rondine, Florida Grand Opera, Miami, March 2012

 Vanessa, Carmen, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, Sarasota Opera Festival, Florida, April 2012

 Einstein on the Beach, Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada, June 2012

 Slaying the Dragon (world premiere) Central City Opera Theater, Philadelphia , June 2012

Mighty Casey, RIgoletto,  Opera Saratoga Festival, Saratoga Springs, New York, August 2012

Anna Bolena, Washington National Opera, District of Columbia, September 2012


Website articles 2011 www.operanow.co.uk

Cyrano (world premiere), Florida Grand Opera, Miami, May 2011

Ring Cycle, San Francisco Opera, California, June 2011

Pearl Fishers, New Orleans Opera, Louisiana, June 2011

One Night Stand (world premiere) Helsinki, Finland, December 2011


Opera Now 2010

January / February

Travel feature: Postcard from Brazil, Teatro Municipal do Sao Paulo

Interview: Vitalij Kowaljow

Review: Sarasota Opera Festival: Don Carlos, L'amico Fritz, L'elisir d'amore, Tosca (Sarasota, Florida)

Review: Chautauqua Opera Il trovatore (Chautauqua, New York)


Review: Orfeo ed Euridice, Atlanta Opera


Travel Feature: Opera Fairbanks (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Feature: Pittsburgh Opera (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Feature: Small USA companies roundup

Opera Vivente (Baltimore, Maryland); Opera To Go (Juneau, Alaska); Opera Providence (Providence, Rhode Island)

News Feature: Florida Grand Opera celebrates Robert Heuer 25 years (Miami, Florida) 

Review: Madame White Snake (world premiere) Opera Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)

Review: Orpheus (world premiere) Opera Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee 


Travel Company Feature: Hawaiian Opera Theater, Honolulu

News feature: Teatro Colon reopening

Festival Review: world premiere Unicamente la Verdad, Festival of Mexico, Mexico City

Review: Elmer Gantry, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 


Feature: Opening of the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Preview of world premiere: Rio de Sangre, Don Davis-composer 


Feature Professional Pages: How opera is surviving the recession

Review: Zaide, Wolf Trap Opera, Vienna, Virginia


OPERA NOW  2004 - 2009

Postcard from Chile. Teatro Municipal de Santiago. November/December 2009
Opera Watch: Opera companies in USA's South East region. May/June 2009
Company Profile: Long Beach Opera. May/June 2009
Postcard from Helsinki. Finnish National Opera. January/February 2009
Opera Watch: New England USA. May/June 2008
Company Profile: Nashville Opera. May/June 2008
Postcard from Mexico. Palacio de Bellas Artes. May/June 2008
In the Footsteps of the Great Composers -Italy. January/February 2008 --COVER FEATURE
Company Profile: Madison Opera. September/October 2007
Opera Watch: Italy's smaller regional houses. September/October 2007
Inauguration of the Ziff Ballet-Opera House, Miami. March/April 2007
Washington National Opera celebrates its 50th. January/February 2006 --COVER FEATURE
Company Profile: Chautauqua Opera (New York). January/February 2006
Rich and Rare: Italy's rich operatic heritage. July/August 2005
La Fenice: Its gala reopening. March/April 2004
A short history of Italian Opera House Restoration. March/April 2004

News, Comment and Analysis
Opera Latinoamerica. September/October 2009
Letter from Italy: Financial crisis in the Italian opera world. July/August 2009
Survival Tactics: Financial crisis at America opera houses. May/June 2009
New Orleans Opera moves back home: Reopening of Mahalia Jackson PAC. March/April 2009
Waiting game at Bari's Teatro Petruzzelli. March/April 2009
New Era for Boston Lyric Opera. January/February 2009
Who's Hot with young singers. November/December 2008
Opening Night at the Sarasota Opera: Reopening of Sarasota Opera House. May/June 2008
La Scala seat debacle. May/June 2008
All change at the Finnish National Opera. January/February 2008
Glimmerglass Opera's new general director, Michael MacLeod. January/February 2008
Who?s Hot with young singers. November/December 2007
Home at Last for the Atlanta Opera: Inauguration of Cobb PAC September/October 2007
Opera America annual conference report. July/August 2007
Fenice arsonist arrested in Mexico. May/June 2007
A new opera house in Brindisi (Italy). March/April 2007
La Scala's new dress code. March/April 2007
Funding: Opera in the USA. March/April 2007
Bari Opera House dispute. January/February 2007
La Fenice find friends abroad. November/December 2006
Cut Price: Italian Budget Cuts. July/August 2006
Wolf Trap spells out US arts role. May/June 2006
Funding Cuts threaten future of opera in Italy. January/February 2006
All together now:OperaBoston and Boston Lyric Opera. January/February 2006
Italy plays musical chairs. November/December 2005
Who's Hot with young singers. November/December 2005
Vilar's mighty fall. July/August 2005
Trouble at the top: La Scala and Muti's falling out. May/June 2005
Washington's Opera-Film Festival. May/June 2005
Pavarotti as teacher. January/February 2005
Capital gains: Washington Opera become WNO, September/October 2004
Letter from Boston. Spirit of cooperation needed. May/June 2004

Don Giovanni, Festival de Mexico en centro historico, Mexico City. September/October 2009
La traviata, Teatro Municipal, Santiago (Chile). September/October 2009
Nos, OperaBoston. July/August 2009
Rusalka, Boston Lyric Opera. July/August 2009
Lucrezia Borgia, Washington National Opera. May/June 2009
Der Freischutz, OperaBoston. March/April 2009
Manon, New Orleans Opera, published on web site 2009
Manon, Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato (Mexico). January/February 2009
Don Giovanni, Operavivente, Baltimore. January/February 2009
(Book) Sarah Caldwell: The First Woman of Opera. January/February 2009
Il trittico, Los Angeles Opera. November/December 2008
Rigoletto - I due Foscari - La Rondine, Sarasota Opera Festival. November/December 2008
The Cunning Little Vixen, Chautauqua Opera. (New York) November/December 2008
Gianni Schicchi/Buoso's Ghost, Lake George Opera, Saratoga (New York) November/December 2008
Un giorno di regno, Wolf Trap Opera, Vienna (Virginia). November/December 2008
Jenufa, Festival de Mexico en centro historico, Mexico City. November/December 2008
Ernani, OperaBoston. September/October 2008
Tamerlano, Washington National Opera. July/August 2008
Semele, OperaBoston. May/June 2008
L?elisir d?amore, Boston Lyric Opera. May/June 2008
Lucia di Lammermoor, Compania Nacional de Opera, Mexico City. March/April 2008
Macbeth, Washington National Opera. March/April 2008
La forza del destino, Baltimore Opera. January/February 2008
La boheme/ Don Giovanni, Washington National Opera. January/February 2008
A Florentine Tragedy/The Dwarf. Bard Summerscape (New York) November/December 2007
L'elisir d'amore, Chautauqua Opera. (New York) November/December 2007
Werther, Chautauqua Opera. (New York) November/December 2007
La boheme, Lake George Opera, Saratoga (New York) November/December 2007
Tartuffe, Lake George Opera, Saratoga (New York) November/December 2007
Volpone, Wolf Trap Opera. November/December 2007
Susannah, Virginia Opera. September/October 2007
Un ballo in maschera, Boston Lyric Opera. July/August 2007
Pearl Fisher, OperaBoston. July/August 2007
Die Walkure, Washington National Opera. July/August 2007
Armide/Armide, Opera Lafayette (Washington DC). July/August 2007
Rise and Fall City of Mahagonny, OperaBoston. May/June 2007\Maskarade, Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen). May/June 2007
Bluebeard's Castle/Gianni Schicchi, Washington National Opera. March/April 2007
Assedio di Corinthe - Nabucco, Baltimore Opera. March/April 2007
La clemenza di Tito, OperaBoston. March/April 2007
Tosca, Teatro Ponchielli, Cremona (Italy). March/April 2007
Armide, Israeli Opera. March/April 2007
Aida, Florda Grand Opera. January/February 2007
Don Giovanni, Portopera (Maine). January/February 2007
La traviata, Los Angeles Opera. January/February 2007
Manon, Los Angeles Opera. January/February 2007
Sophie's Choice, Washington National Opera. (American Premiere) January/February 2007
Vanessa, Chautauqua Opera (New York). January/February 2007
Genoveva, Bard Summerscape, (New York). November/December 2006
Pagliacci/Il maestro di cappella, Lake George Opera (New York) November/December 2006.
Barbiere di Siviglia, Lake George Opera (New York) November/December 2006.
Orpheus (Telemann), Wolf Trap Opera, (Vienna, VA). September/October 2006
Das Rheingold, Washington National Opera. September/October 2006
50th Anniversary Celebration, Washington National Opera. September/October 2006
Porgy and Bess, Washington National Opera. September/October 2006
Angels in America, Opera Unlimited Festival (Boston). September/October 2006
L?etoile, OperaBoston. July/August 2006
Lucrezia Borgia, OperaBoston. July/August 2006
El retablo de maese Pedro. Kennedy Center (Washington DC). March/April 2006
I vespri siciliani, Washington National Opera. January/February 2006
The Consul, OperaBoston. January/February 2006
The Tender Land - Regina, Bard Summerscape (New York). November/December 2005
Crucible, OperaBoston. July/August 2005
Tristan und Isolde, Virginia Opera. May/June 2005
L?italiana in algeri, Boston Lyric Opera. March/April 2005
Andrea Chenier, Washington National Opera. January/February 2005
Falstaff (Salieri) Wolf Trap Opera. November/December 2004
Don Quixote in Sierra Morena, Bel Canto at Caramoor (New York) November/December 2004
L'elisir d'amore, Lake George Opera (New York). November/December 2004
Candide, Lake George Opera (New York). November/December 2004
Romeo et Juliette, Opera North (New Hampshire). November/December 2004
A Midsummer Night?s Dream, Opera North (New Hampshire). November/December 2004
A Hand of Bridge/A Game of Chance/Trouble in Tahiti, Berkshire Opera. November/December 2004
Manon Lescaut, Washington National Opera. July/August 2004
Nixon in China, OperaBoston, July/August 2004
Rigoletto, Virginia Opera. July/August 2004
Fidelio, Virginia Opera. July/August 2004
Un ballo in maschera, Teatro delle Muse, Ancona (Italy). May/June 2004
Cosi fan tutte, Teatro del Giglio, Lucca (Italy). May/June 2004
Barbiere di Siviglia, Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna (Italy). May/June 2004
Rigoletto, Boston Lyric Opera. March/April 2004
Norma, Washington Opera. January/February 2004

World Premieres
Treemonisha, Opera Memphis. *revised version by Michael Ching. July/August 2009
Grapes of Wrath, Pittsburgh Opera. *revised version. March/April 2009
Elmer Gantry, Nashville Opera. May/June 2008
Later that same evening, Maryland Opera Studio. May/June 2008
Anna Karenina, Miami Opera. July/August 2007
Preview of Anna Karenina. March/April 2007
Our Town, Lake George Opera, Saratoga (New York) November/December 2006
Boris Goudenow (Mattheson), Boston Early Music Festival. September/October 2005
Democracy, Washington National Opera. May/June 2005
Clara, Maryland Opera Studio. July/August 2004

James Conlon, music director of the Los Angeles Opera. September/October 2007
The First Emperor of Opera, Placido Domingo. March/April 2007 COVER FEATURE
Stephen Lord, former music director of Boston Lyric Opera. January/February 2007

Leon Botstein, president of Bard College/director Summerscape Festival. November/December 2007
Osvaldo Golijov, composer. January/February 2006

Paolo Micciche: Pioneer of Special Effects in Opera. November/December 2009
Technology and Opera: acoustic design. July/August 2007
Teatro Real, Madrid