Angela Allen

Review of Seattle Opera’s “The Pearl Fishers”

Pearl Fishers staging saves the libretto

Originally published on, Jan. 27, 2009

When the harnessed “flying” dancer floated dreamily behind the blue scrim to signal the pearl harvest in a far-off country, we were invited into a visually arresting show of “The Pearl Fishers,” if not into the most compelling story. Read More

Opera’s Wild Ride

Opera, as the hype goes, promises high drama and grand emotions. Oddly, I can’t remember an opening night soaring to such heights when I take along a date.

I’ve reviewed the opera for a dozen years from the best seat in the house. I dis a few. But mostly I swoon, even over a warhorse, like Verdi’s “Otello” where a fat baritone writhes on the floor in deep emotional pain.

Once an opera-lover, always one. Read More

Jayne Casselman in Elektra. © Rozarii Lynch

‘Elektra’ in One Gulp

Review of Seattle Opera's 'Elektra'

Originally published on
Photography by Rozaril Lynch

"Elektra" failed to sell out during Seattle Opera’s autumn run, but those who heard the early 20th-century piece were drenched in a tidal wave of post-Romantic music. Read More


Lauderdale and Gershwin: What a match

Review of Oregon Symphony concert

Originally published on Northwest Reverb (
Photography by Leah Nash/Special to The Oregonian

Here's guest writer Angela Allen's review of the Oregon Symphony concert on November 15th. Read More