This week brings another opera about which we’ve heard a lot but have had few opportunities to see onstage: The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev. Read more »
It’s been said that the final installment of the great trio of bel canto comedies is Don Pasquale, following Il barbiere di Siviglia and L’elisir d’amore. Although the work slipped out of the standard repertoire in the later half of the 20th century, there has been a distinct upswing, including the first performance at Wiener Staatsoper in 32 years in 2015 which we’ll sample this week. Michele Pertusi takes the lead, abetted by Valentina Nafornita, Juan Diego Flórez, and Alessio Arduini, under Jesús López-Cobos. Read more »
Die Zauberflöte may be the most popular opera which I haven’t yet posted with respect to my goal of offering the most-performed works around the world. This week’s feature is a classic Salzburger Festspiele performance from 1959 with the all-star cast of Leopold Simoneau, Lisa Della Casa, Kurt Böhme, Erika Köth, Walter Berry, Hans Hotter, Graziella Sciutti and Karl Dönch conducted by George Szell. Read more »
Opening night of La Scala in 1962 with Franco Corelli, Antonietta Stella, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ettore Bastianini, and Ivo Vinco.
I’ve reached one of my goals for 2017: with this week’s upload of Edgar, you can now find at least one complete performance of every opera by Giacomo Puccini on my Mixcloud site.
This week we get closer to completing the operas of Benjamin Britten with The Rape of Lucretia.
In our circle, Mexico City in the summer was the opera capital of the world from the late 1940s and early 1950.