Leave it to the New York Times to present a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred debate on the explosive subject of race in the theater, with Anthony Tommasini and Ben Brantley boldly in agreement throughout.
Hunkentenor Paolo Fanale rehearses the Rossini Stabat Mater with Jesús López Cobos and L’Orchestre de Paris. Read more »
Just sixteen years after Joseph Fielding’s riotous novel The history of Tom Jones, a foundling was published in England, François-André Danican Philidor’s musical setting premiered in Paris at the Comédie-Italienne. Although it falls into the 18th century opera-comique tradition, Tom Jones is actually a comédie mêlée d’ariettes, a comedy mixed with brief arias. Read more »
“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”
The opening night of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new production of Aïda, featuring Jonas Kaufmann in his staged role debut as Radamès, was captured informally on audio, and can be heard in full after the jump.
LA Opera opened their 30th season with a pairing of two of their most popular productions, both of which were initially staged by filmmakers not unfamiliar with the vagaries of our industry outpost here in Hollywoodland.
On this day in 1908 Maurice Maeterlinck‘s L’Oiseau bleu premiered at Constantin Stanislavski‘s Moscow Art Theatre.
Oh this day in 1954 A Star is Born starring Judy Garland and James Mason premiered at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.