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The piccolo on the hearth

Soprano and baritone as lovers are the operatic equivalent of a mixed marriage, and if you give them Dickensian names like Dot and John Peerybingle – well, just try to sing that in Italian, or apostrophize “Dot” with romantic yearning. The concluding consonant defies you. (A less courageous librettist would have transformed her into Dora or Dorothea, but not here.)   Read more »

Eternal, feminine

For her first CD release in six years, Angela Gheorghiu has chosen Italian repertoire in a recital (Eternamente: The Verismo Album) that showcases her considerable vocal and musical strengths while leaving a few “what was she thinking” moments.  Read more »

Girlhood, interrupted

"Follow the money."

“Follow the money.”

More than 80 years after its Dresden premiere, Arabella – the last collaboration by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal – has finally made its way to the Canadian Opera Company, opening the 2017-18 season.  Read more »

White people problems

How on Earth will these fictitious luminaries of turn-of-the-century Swedish society keep their clothes clean?

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From the perspective of current identity politics, Puccini’s Turandot is a disaster of epic proportions.

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‘Wunder’ of wonders

Opera Vlaanderen opened its 2017-18 season with a rare staging of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane.

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I love you to death

New York fans of 17th century Italian vocal music should be rejoicing this month.

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Diver gent

Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles has been knocking steadily at the door of the standard repertoire now in this country for quite some time.

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Plus a little jest

Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago, a rousing performance both musically and dramatically.

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Sgombra è la sacra megaplex

I suspect that David McVicar’s new production of the Metropolitan Opera’s Norma had its most congenial showing as a totality, specifically in the HD format at the movie theater.

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