Sunday April 13, 2014
It may not be the most popular opera, but Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur has enjoyed a steady rate of success. Some of the most famous Adriana's include Renata Tibaldi, Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto. Learn the synopsis of this great opera, Adriana Lecouvreur.
Saturday April 5, 2014
In the years leading to the creation of Erich Korngold's opera, Die tote Stadt, two of his short one-act operas were so well liked that it created a "contest" between several German theater companies wanting to present the world premier of his first full opera. In the end, Korngold allowed two theaters to simultaneously perform the opera - one company in Cologne and the other in Hamburg. I haven't seen a performance of Die tote Stadt, so I was pleasantly surprised by its ending - it's unlike any of the operas I've written about. Learn the synopsis of Die tote Stadt.
Saturday March 29, 2014
It's crazy to think that a man who was born 258 years ago and composed a bunch of music, is still very much celebrated and adored today. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical genius - he wrote his first symphony when he was eight years old. Today's composers aspire to write as well as him, and performers aspire to execute his music flawlessly. I wonder if 500 years from now, his music will still be performed. Do you think Mozart's music possesses such longevity?
Sunday March 23, 2014
Umberto Giordano's three act opera, Fedora, premiered in 1898. At the time it was hugely successful. Sadly, some operas do not enjoy continued success like Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, or Puccini's Tosca. Giordano's Fedora fell out of favor during the mid 20th century and was rarely performed. However, it has experienced a resurgence of sort in the last decade as it has been performed by a handful of renowned opera companies. Learn the synopsis of Giordano's opera, Fedora.