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Elizabeth Bachman

  • Director, Artistic/Stage


Elizabeth Bachman reviews

"Baltimore Opera's superb production ... had top-notch staging, beautiful costumes, excellent conducting and singing that were simply terrific. Elizabeth Bachman's staging made this essentially static opera visually interesting." [L'ASSEDIO DI CORINTO - Baltimore Opera]

— Mark J. Estren, Washington Post

"Elizabeth Bachman directed the action fluently and even managed to get new mileage from the old trick of sending characters down theater aisles (this worked particularly well to cover the scene change between the first two acts). Several little touches, such as a strolling fiddler to accompany Musetta as she sang in the café, kept the eye entertained." [LA BOHÈME - Baltimore Opera]

— Baltimore Sun

"In Attilio Colonello's very handsome sets, Elizabeth Bachman's fluid, highly capable staging particularly excelled in Act Two's tricky finale; and the final image of the dying Neocle straining towards Pamira's body was stunning. One hopes her production has a future." [L'ASSEDIO DI CORINTO - Baltimore Opera]

— David Shengold, Gay City News

"This Butterfly is a true sellout. It deserves to be, so much is right about it. Elizabeth Bachman's inventive stage direction [ensured that] all the pieces were in place for a moving musical drama." [MADAMA BUTTERFLY - Opera Carolina]

— Charlotte Observer

"The experienced hand of stage Elizabeth Bachman is evident in the pace and rhythm of this Tosca." [TOSCA - Mobile Opera]

— Mobile Register

"With this production's approach, an audience can concentrate on the essence of the music and drama instead of being distracted by novelties. The production lets the music inform the action and the action inform the music. Gaiety and spontaneity predominate, from the brisk, fresh and lively overture to the charming and delightful finale. Played with broad comic touches, the show offers excellent comic timing. Saturday night's crowd chuckled merrily throughout. It takes a good stage director to help us keep the action straight, especially in Act IV, but Elizabeth Bachman is up to the challenge. The various comings and goings in the dark pine grove are made clear. Bachman is highly attentive to details and has added some original touches to the standard `bits' usually done with this opera." [LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - Portland Opera]

— Portland Oregonian