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Written on the wind

UPDATE: I am now rushing to make a 3:00 flight. Details of the press conference cannot be divulged until 2:00 PM CST. Check back here at parterre for the tidings!   Read more »

Katerina’s insomnia

Fellow sitcom junkies may remember the episode of Modern Family where Gloria Pritchett, Sofia Vergara’s character, describes her relationship with her ex-husband: “It seemed like all we did was fight and make love, fight and make love, fight and make love. One time, I’m not kidding you, we fell out the window together.” Throw in a trio of murders and a healthy splash of vodka and you have, more or less, the plot of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.   Read more »

Dwarf star

Verdi’s Macbeth poses a challenge to any company with the audacity to mount it. It’s layered and fascinating, but it needs a strong cast of singers and a director with a clear-cut purpose to do justice to Verdi, Shakespeare, and convey the deep-seated drama in the music and libretto. In another installment of the Teatro Regio di Parma’s “Tutto Verdi” series, the small, ambitious house gives a performance that almost perfectly achieves those goals.   Read more »


All Sills final

You can tell a lot about someone from their garage sale.

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First steps

There’s something charming and almost irresistible about early Verdi opera. I always equate it to seeing a grade school test from Albert Einstein.

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The little people

As an opera, La Traviata is defined by its characters.

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Questions and antlers

Verdi’s only successful comic opera, Falstaff, is notably hard to produce.

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