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  • "A suitable opera about brave resistance to the American Imperialist Dogs. (In case..." - m. croche
  • "I was at the premiere and thought it was not only wearisome and unpleasant but..." - gironabalie
  • "What you’re looking for is more operas that mindlessly attack the United..." - La Cieca
  • "And a hungry guy in a dog suit showing up in a future world isn’t my idea of..." - la vociaccia
  • "Thank you for the Richard van Allan clip — I love that DVD performance of..." - tatiana
  • "You’re right, you can’t tell. And yet that didn’t stop you..." - armerjacquino
  • "How can I tell except what I can understand by what you write here. BTW the new opera..." - redbear
  • "Amber Wagner sang Ariadne here back in 2011 in a production which also included..." - chicagoing

Breaking dawn

When Giuseppe Filianoti isn’t busy being one of the world’s more versatile tenors (as he will be next season at the Met, headlining La rondine and La clemenza di Tito), he plays detective. The latest target of his crafty Calabrian grey cells is the score to Francesco Cilèa’s L’Arlesiana, which he will perform in concert next week at Theater Freiburg, and in typically tenorial fashion, his discovery involves a “lost” aria for his character of Federico. Read more »

Cross purposes

fedora_amazonIt was while attending a performance of Fédora in Naples in 1885 that eighteen year-old Umberto Giordano fell in love with Sardou’s then immensely popular play; the protagonist was none other than Sarah Bernhardt, the creator of the title role.

He immediately asked the French dramatist to sell him the rights, a request Sardou did not even take into consideration.  After the composer scored modest successes with Marina, Mala vita and Regina Diaz, Sardou seemed almost persuaded to relent, although the publisher Sonzogno considered the author’s financial demands too excessive.  Only after the triumph of Andrea Chénier did Sardou and Sonzogno come to an agreement, and Giordano was finally able to devote himself to his long-awaited project. Read more »

Is Renée Renata reborn?

Following the jump, snippets of all the tracks on the new “Verismo” album, as performed by America’s Soprano.  Read more »