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Some like it hot

On this day in 1830 the opera Fra Diavolo, ou L’hôtellerie de Terracine by Daniel Auber and Eugène Scribe was first performed by the Opéra-Comique at the Salle Ventadour in Paris.  Read more »

Live and empoisoned

MalvinaIn how many operas does the heroine drink poison and then go lengthily mad? Only Tsar’s Bride comes to mind. But also: In this opera, the baritone is fought over by two adoring women. That happens to tenors all the time—and, in Mozart, to basses—but a baritone? Add characters named Morna and Wortimer, and if you’re not in a Harry Potter adventure and singers are warbling coloratura, you know it must be an obscure bel canto masterpiece. But whose? Donizetti wrote seventy and, admit it, you only know twenty of them. Mercadante wrote almost as many and you know even fewer. Verdi? Ridiculous. Rossini? Absurd. The Ricci brothers?  Read more »

Maho maho man

On this day in 1916 Granados’ Goyescas premiered at the Met Read more »

A truth universally acknowledged

On this day in 1813 Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.

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