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Leah Crocetto as Aida Features Verdi 

Leah Crocetto, San Francisco Opera’s newest Aida!

Leah Crocetto, San Francisco Opera’s latest Aida, is no longer an up and coming star – she has made it! Crocetto is anything but a stereotypical diva; she is kind, down-to-earth, entertaining, and personable, one of those people everyone loves to be around. A musician through and through, Leah Crocetto got her start as a jazz singer before emerging onto the operatic stage. We are grateful that she was willing to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions about her latest role, her…

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Lucia di Lamermermoor, Mad Scene Bellini Donizetti Mozart New to opera Sutherland Verdi 

Mad Scenes

They were all the rage in the early 19th century, a time when bel canto dominated the operatic stage. The vast majority of mad scenes were written for the leading soprano, providing her the ultimate opportunity to showcase her skills. Many of these pieces are extremely demanding, full of expressive and challenging coloratura passages. Here are some of the most famous mad scenes in the canon… 00

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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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