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Trouble in Thebes

thebesWhat to do with all those glorious short operas: play them alone or find companion pieces?  At the Met one could once have heard double features of Salome and Cavalleria rusticana or, even jollier, Elektra and Amelia Goes to the Ball.  This week I offer two of my favorites with absolutely nothing in common other than they are masterworks: Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.  Read more »

The lady is a camp

galvanyBack to celebrating Shakespeare (and Halloween) this week with one of the best: Verdi’s Macbeth gets true blood-and-guts treatment from Guillermo Sarabia and the legendary Marisa Galvany at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in 1975.  Read more »

Hell and back

orfeoWhile I’ve posted a good number of operas written in the last 50 years since I began my Mixcloud site, music from the pre-Mozart era is distinctly lacking.  Accordingly, I am pleased to offer a simply gorgeous performance of Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice starring Juan Diego Flórez.  Read more »

Bard of Avon calling

Works inspired by William Shakespeare are everywhere in 2016.

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Sex and violets

Adriana Lecouvreur with the 1970s dream cast of Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, and Fiorenza Cossotto.

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Strike up the banned

Jonny spielt auf, the second opera by 26-year-old composer Ernest K?enek, was such a huge success after its 1927 Leipzig premiere that in the following season it was performed 491 times in Germany alone. 

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Keep the Rome fires burning

I offer an alternative to those who aren’t fans of Wagner: Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito from the house where it premiered.

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One night of love

Your alte Jungfer’s requisite Kuschelkatze (pictured) arrived on my doorstep in Mariahilf with the name of Tristan.

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Devil’s advocate

Just 85 years ago, four of Italy’s greatest opera stars gathered at Teatro all Scala for an historic event: the first-ever recording of Arrigo Boito’s sole complete opera, Mefistofele.

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Sinner and Scott

Among the highlights were concert performances of Jules Massenet’s Thaïs and Otto Nicolai’s Il templario.

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