Was this Benvenutto Cellini a crazy production? Terry Gilliam's direction gave it that crazy fantastical feel that married up to Berlioz's score. Michael Spyres sang and acted the Cellini role well. Corinne Winters as Teresa gave a fine performance. But it's to Edward Gardner who held everything tightly together.
I quite forgot the first number in Porgy and Bess is Summertime! Beautifully sung by Nicole Cabell as Bess. On a whole, the chorus number was better sung than the solo numbers - where the diction was generally inadequate. The set (Michael Yeargan) was three-dimensional and worked really well with the many scenes in this work. John Wilson was in his elements in the pit and the orchestra responded with a rhythmic boisterous sound - the best part of the evening.