I appreciate this production of Così fan tutte; right or wrong, it does something unconventional while staying true to the story. The traditionalists bemoan this sort of thing, while the … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Così fan tutte
Everything is going right for Italian bass Andrea Mastroni; he debuted at the Met earlier this year, he’s releasing his first album soon, and he’s receiving rave reviews left and … Continue readingAndrea Mastroni on his Met debut, upcoming album, and most challenging role
Gerald Finley is one of opera’s finest artists. His exceptionally beautiful tone has made him one of the world’s top Mozart baritones, but he doesn’t only do Mozart; currently he … Continue reading“Unmatched by any other art,” says Gerald Finley about Opera
Adam Plachetka is an exciting young performer who will soon be playing the title role in the Met’s run of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. The Czech bass-baritone is renowned … Continue readingAdam Plachetka on Figaro, studio recording, and role preparation
Matthew Rose is an absolute delight to see and hear on stage. I first saw the English bass perform in a Met Live in HD production of Don Giovanni. Currently … Continue readingMatthew Rose on Norma, Don Giovanni, and the power of opera
Baritone Jacques Imbrailo will soon be playing Count Almaviva in Minnesota Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). Imbrailo, a renowned interpreter of Benjamin Britten’s … Continue reading“Few things move us as music does, and to be part of that is a gift,” says Jacques Imbrailo, Minnesota Opera’s next Count Almaviva
Last month I had the unique privilege of sitting down with Minnesota Opera’s new Assistant Conductor, Jonathan Brandani. Jonathan is a young, affable, and wonderfully delightful Italian conductor who has … Continue readingMeet Minnesota Opera’s New Assistant Conductor, Jonathan Brandani!
Matthew Polenzani is one of today’s opera superstars – he has sung it all and performed everywhere, all to great acclaim. He has a voice that today’s young artists know, … Continue reading“It’s simply one of the most beautiful art forms in the world,” says Opera Superstar Matthew Polenzani
San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle is one of the hottest young opera companies in the nation. Since 2007, the company has focused on producing contemporary opera in intimate settings. Next week, … Continue readingA Refugee Trapped in an Airport, Countertenor Tai Oney discusses Opera Parallèle’s Flight
American soprano Robin Johannsen is one of the great interpreters of Baroque opera. This Philadelphia native has spent the majority of her career on the great stages of Europe, including … Continue reading“I love how great music can transport you,” says Robin Johannsen, American Soprano
So you haven’t heard of Diana’s Garden by Vicente Martín y Soler? That’s OK; nobody else has either. Although it was immensely popular in its day, Diana’s Garden has all … Continue readingPeter Rothstein, Director of Minnesota Opera’s Diana’s Garden, talks about this forgotten work
American soprano Corinne Winters seems to be on the fast track to opera stardom – she’s making major house debuts left and right and transforming some of the great leading … Continue reading“Opera is alive, and exists only from the downbeat until the curtain falls,” says Corinne Winters, Seattle Opera’s latest Violetta
American tenor Jonathan Blalock is one of those opera singers who is not only a pleasure to listen to, but also a delight to talk to. The North Carolina native, … Continue reading“What I love most about opera is its transcendent power,” says American Tenor Jonathan Blalock
Here are five facts to know about The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), one of the greatest operas ever written. 230 years after its premiere, we are still … Continue readingFive Facts to know about Mozart and Da Ponte’s The Marriage of Figaro
Edita Gruberová is one of the singers I wish I had discovered earlier in my life; every time I hear her, I’m amazed by her intonation, ornamentation, and clarity in … Continue readingEdita Gruberová
Massimo Cavalletti is a natural talent; the 38 year-old baritone just sang his 100th Met performance of Puccini’s La bohème, the opera he made his Met debut in only six … Continue readingMassimo Cavalletti on his career, La bohème, and new operagoers
Amanda Majeski has one of those commanding yet intimate soprano voices that makes you forget everything else going on around you. When you first hear her, you know immediately that … Continue readingAmanda Majeski, Mozart’s latest Donna Elvira, Countess, and Vitellia
Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto has a powerful, unforgettable sound. I know him primarily through Mozart – as Figaro in a famous Met recording of Le Nozze di Figaro and as … Continue readingFerruccio Furlanetto
For me, opera begins with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) – the first of three Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Lorenzo Da Ponte collaborations (the other two … Continue readingOverview – Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
The Metropolitan Opera’s latest production of Don Giovanni was about as traditional as it gets, but that’s just fine when the music is as exceptional as Mozart’s and the words … Continue readingDon Giovanni @ Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD
Diva Dawn Upshaw has a light and sparkly soprano sound, ideally suited to soubrette roles. It was in just such a role that I first heard her – as Susanna … Continue readingDiva of the Day: Dawn Upshaw
With Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor opening this weekend, we wanted to interview someone who is both intimately involved in the production and has a … Continue reading“The drama is very direct and true,” Mario Antonio Marra on Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lucia di Lammermoor
I first noticed Kiri Te Kanawa because she kept appearing on opera CD box sets I bought – Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, etc. She … Continue readingKiri Te Kanawa
It’s an intoxicating time of year for operagoers! The 2016/2017 opera season is just beginning, and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year! Here are a few … Continue readingThe performances to see early this 2016 / 2017 season
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. The figures apply … Continue readingTop 10 Most Popular Operas in the World
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 … Continue readingWhat is recitative?
I was reading the libretto to Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Mozart when I saw the following lines, sung by Monostatos: Alles fühlt der Lieve Freuden, (All may feel … Continue readingCan / should opera be politically correct?
Opera music can be a bit much to chew early in the morning, but here are a few pieces that I find go well with my morning coffee. Although not … Continue readingA few arias to go along with your coffee
Here are a few full-length operas on YouTube with English subtitles: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Mozart Tristan und Isolde, Wagner Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti Carmen, Bizet … Continue readingFull-length operas on YouTube!
A few of the “greatest hits” from the operatic repertory: Overture to Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). While none of the music in the overture returns … Continue readingOpera’s Greatest Hits
I’m with Wagner when he talks about how opera is (or should be) a gesamtkunstwerk – one of those terms that tends to pop up on college music history quizzes. … Continue readingOrchestral Commentary – an operatic layer
Many people (shall we say most?) find opera somewhat inaccessible. I get that – it’s old, boring, and sung in foreign languages. It’s also not easy to break free from the … Continue readingWhere to begin…