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Forgiveness

It was odd, if not downright uncomfortable, to watch Le Nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera. Certain allegations and newspaper articles floated through the air. But discomfort leads to growth, and opera, like all art, can be both a catalyst for painful change and a salve.  Read more »

Forever, Amber

Puccini’s final opera Turandot arrived at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Tuesday night in a well-travelled “new to Chicago” production by Allan Charles Klein, already seen in Miami, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco.  Read more »

Diamonds are forever

On this day in 1949 the Jule Styne musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opened on Broadway.  Read more »

Don Carlos: more or less

“Trove Thursday” presents an all-star five-act Don Carlo from forty years ago tonight.

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Broadcast: Andrea Chenier

Opening night of the 2017 La Scala season features Andrea Chenier starring Yusif Eyvazov, Anna Netrebko and Luca Salsi.

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Perfect stranger

Christophe Dumaux quickly slipped in and out of town this weekend to sing Handel and Vivaldi in a marvelous gala concert with the Sejong Soloists at Zankel Hall.

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“I was crowned before I was king”

Born on this day in 1863 composer Pietro Mascagni.

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What’s at stake for a soul on fire?

Norman Dello Joio, who was knocking about winning prizes for film and TV scores, composed The Trial at Rouen, his second opera on the subject, for NBC.

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Everybody wants to take a vow

On this day in 1966 the Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones two-character musical I Do! I Do! opened  at the 46th Street Theatre, to run 560 performances

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“Norma,” bis

Sir David McVicar’s inept and dreary new production of Bellini’s Norma proved to be more satisfying than it had been on opening night when it returned to the Met Friday evening thanks to its new leading ladies Angela Meade and Jamie Barton

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