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.
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.
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?
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.
At just eighteen years old, the young Mozart composed and premiered his opera, La Finta Giardiniera, in January, 1775. It's a tale of two crazed past lovers who cross each others' paths, and after much confusion and madness, fall in love with one another again. Learn the synopsis of La Finta Giardiniera.
According to data compiled by the National Endowment of the Arts in 2002, at least 1 in 25 adults attended a ballet performance at least once that year. Though the statistics are a decade old, ballet remains a vibrant and and adored cultural art form. From Cinderella to The Nutcracker, here are seven of the world's most popular ballets.
Wedding season is about to begin. With June as the most popular month for weddings, followed by July, August, September, and October, now is the time to start planning your ceremony if you're getting married this year. Many people choose the traditional "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's Lohengrin as they walk down the aisle and exit to Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream, but there are other pieces worth considering. Take a look at my alternative selection of great classical music for weddings.
First time nominee, composer Steven Price won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for Gravity. It may not be as exciting as Best Supporting Actor or Actress, but Best Original Score is just as important (at least it is in my opinion). This year's Oscar nominees included composers, John Williams, Thomas Newman, Alexandre Desplat, William Butler, and Owen Pallett.
Operabase compiles a statistical database of operas performed around the world. Every few years, they sort through the data to determine which operas were performed the most. In the 2012/13 season, only five composers populated the top ten spots: Verdi (2), Bizet (1), Puccini (3), Mozart (3), and Rossini (1). Find out which of their operas make up the list. View the Top 10 Operas.
With both a libretto and musical score entirely conceived and written by Richard Wagner himself, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, is his only truly original opera. The three act opera is still regularly performed today, despite remaining as one of the longest operas in existence (it takes nearly 4 and half hours to complete). Learn the synopsis of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.