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Terror in the aisles

A cinephile Friend of the Box notes, “To be fair I think it was only on one screen. But also, that’s still a really bad per screen average. And more importantly I’ve seen it and it’s terrible.”

Elements of style

Edita Gruberova essentially revived and propagated the bel canto repertoire in central Europe, specifically in the German-speaking countries. Her influence in this realm has resulted in opera houses in this region putting these works in as part of repertory staples.  Read more »

Imogenary beings

Will Crutchfield’s Bel Canto at Caramoor program of concert operas concluded with a bang on Saturday with Bellini’s first success, Il Pirata, capping 20 years of concert opera on lazy summer evenings after afternoons of musical hors d’oeuvres, songs, scenes, lectures and so forth.  Read more »

Pièce de résistance

I was hopeful that my next operatic engagement would offer greater rewards: Norma at the Edinburgh Festival.

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Live and empoisoned

In how many operas does the heroine drink poison and then go lengthily mad?

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Roberto Devereux: Tragedy Mirrored

By the time Roberto Devereux saw its premiere at Napoli’s Teatro San Carlo on 29 October, 1837, Gaetano Donizetti had lost, in an 18-month time frame, both his parents, two still-born children, and his beloved wife Virginia.

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I don’t sleep, I dream

Bellini blossomed over us like a love fest.

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Dangerous liaisons

There was a certain frisson in the air entering Chicago Lyric Opera last night, and not just in anticipation of attending the world premiere of a new work by Jimmy Lopez (music) and Nilo Cruz (libretto), Bel Canto

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