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Lucia di Lammermoor Bellini Donizetti Lyric Opera of Chicago New to opera Pavarotti Rossini Sutherland 

What is bel canto?

With Lyric Opera of Chicago’s opening of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a prime example of the Italian style known as bel canto, this weekend, I thought now would be a good time for a little refresher. So, what exactly is bel canto? +30

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Papageno Mozart New to opera Puccini Rossini Verdi 

Top 10 Most Popular Operas in the World

Here are the ten most popular operas by number of performances according to Operabase, perhaps the world’s greatest organizer of data relating to the world of opera. Verdi appears twice, Puccini and Mozart three times each, and Bizet and Rossini both once. +40

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Recitative Mozart New to opera Recitative Rossini Verdi 

What is recitative?

You may have heard the term recitative when you hear people talk about opera, but what exactly is recitative? This is my definition of recitative – any semi-spoken, semi-sung non-repetitive part of an opera that advances the action. Typically, the earlier the opera is, the easier it is to distinguish between recitative and other operatic sections, such as arias or ensemble pieces. Don’t just take my word for it; listen to the great Leonard Bernstein talk about recitative… 00

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