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  • spiderman: So if somebody has stolen your car, you hope that the police has seen it? Or do you call them to... 5:11 PM
  • irontongue: She sounds like crap in the video. Too bad, it does look like an interesting production. 5:03 PM
  • almavivante: What cruel costume designer compelled that poor woman to wear that thing? It’s almost as... 5:03 PM
  • Jamie01: That’s some impressive side boob at 0:34. 5:02 PM
  • overstimmelated: But wasn’t Netrebko at one point expected to sing the Countess in the opening night... 4:50 PM
  • Buster: And Michael gets great reviews – a warm, well-focussed soprano, soaring over the orchestra,... 4:37 PM
  • uwsinnyc: True- but nowhere as sparky as it is now, especially given the escalating turmoil in the region and... 4:33 PM
  • mountmccabe: The topic was controversial when they were creating the opera. I can’t imagine that he... 4:29 PM
  • uwsinnyc: They say hindsight is 20/20. Ignoring the merits of the opera for a minute, I wonder if Adams knew... 4:04 PM
  • tiger1: Wow, it looks great! Pity it will not be filmed. 3:47 PM

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. You can tell what’s important to them. You can tell where they’ve been and who they are., what their priorities are and the kind of people they associate with: all sorts of things.

I learned a lot about the New York City Opera from their online auction a few weeks ago.   Read more »

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. All of the genius is there, but it’s just starting to take root and thrive.

Oberto, being Verdi’s first opera, is just about as early as early Verdi gets. Written in 1839, the opera is abundant with  ensembles, choruses, duets and arias to keep audiences simulated. You can even hear the snippets of music that would a few years later become La traviata or Il trovatore or Aida. It’s unmistakably Verdi and 100% original.   Read more »

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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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