On this day in 1949 Miss Liberty opened at the Imperial Theater, to run 308 performances. Read more »
At the end of July the Caramoor Festival will present Fidelio, one of my favorite operas and one which has been absent from the Met for over a decade (although it returns next spring.) “Trove Thursday” over the next weeks presents two works deeply connected to Beethoven’s moving masterpiece: first, Ferdinando Paër’s 1804 Leonora ossia L’Amore coniugale conducted by its great champion Peter Maag and featuring Ursula Koszut, Krisztina Laki and Renzo Casellato. Read more »
The celebration of 50 years of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center includes “The Illuminated Heart,” a theatrical fantasy of Mozart operas and ensembles featuring Christine Goerke, Ana María Martínez, Matthew Polenzani and Peter Mattei; plus staged concerts of Così fan tutte and Idomeneo. Tickets and more information are at MostlyMozart.org. Read more »
On this day in 1668 Antonio Cesti‘s opera Il pomo d’oro premiered in Vienna.
On this day in 1804 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton died after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr.
Shirley Verrett remains one of my all-time favorite artists, and I am pleased to introduce her to my Mixcloud site in one of her parade roles: the femme fatale in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila.
Soprano Maralin Niska, a mainstay of New York City Opera and America’s regional opera companies from the 1960s through the 1980s, died at her home in Santa Fe yesterday.