Giuseppe Verdi's operatic masterpiece about life and love in the demimonde of 19th-century Paris, while tastefully sung in HGO's production, never fires up the necessary abandon nor the great passion needed to set this work aflame. We start dry-eyed, we stay that way.
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They're not called soap operas for nothing. For decades these overripe melodramas may have been steady fare on daytime TV, but they can definitely trace their parentage back to the Romantic opera houses of Italy, with the bel canto ("beautiful singing") works of Bellini, Donizetti and Ro ... More >>