On Saturday night, dell’ arte Opera Ensemble presented a lean performance of La Traviata as part of a pairing called Violetta & her Sisters. The opera, performed in conjunction with Massenet’s Manon, examines the precarious position—the inherent freedoms and limitations therein—of the fallen woman, as Verdi’s title conveys. Read more »
Homer, inspired by many a muse, sang not of sequels to his Iliad, and his own, the Odyssey, is so different in focus that many readers, then and now, have suspected another author of being responsible. But many other poets wrote sequels to Homer, and their addenda filled many a volume, most of them (perhaps happily) lost. As long as copyright laws were in their infancy, the ailment of other authors trying to expand upon unforgettable inspirations was endless. Read more »
It’s fun to wonder what might have happened if Rossini had never composed Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Would Giovanni Paisiello’s earlier adaptation of the work be a repertory favorite? Or would it have faded into obscurity with an occasional revival here and there? Read more »
In recent years the enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has brightened the usually arid weeks of August in New York City with some worthy operatic showcases for young singers.
Seventeenth century opera remains the true connoisseur’s delight partly because it’s so rarely done.