Washington Opera to Perform Wagner Series


Berg’s Wozzeck at the Met ó Three Reviews

The Metropolitan Opera presents Wozzeck, Alban Berg’s “operatic version of B¸chnerís play about a soldier who subjects himself to medical experiments to augment his pay.” Here are two reviews.

Mario Del Monaco at the Bolshoi

Myto has the good sense to call a spade a spade. This is an issue exclusively meant for the Del Monaco-crowd and not for people wanting a Carmen or a Pagliacci. The set has one enormous quality: a brilliant natural sound that hides nothing and doesnít change the balance of the voices.

Macabre, magical and magnificent


ENO changes tune on music director


Barenboim hints at La Scala encore


SCHREKER: Christophorus oder ìDie Vision einer Operî

How easy it might be to overlook this lesser-known Schreker opera, composed in 1928 and dedicated to Schrekerís good friend Arnold Schoenberg, here in its recorded debut. It has a quite curious libretto, complex and multilayered, and Schreker moves between what are at times quite disparate styles.

SPITZER & ZASLAW: The Birth of the Orchestra ó History of an Institution, 1650-1815

At a time when the press has made the public aware of the difficult circumstances that exist for the symphony orchestra in the United States, it is refreshing to find a book that demonstrates unequivocally the nature of that institution and, as a consequence, its power in culture.


Faust, OpÈra en cinq actes

Music composed by Charles Gounod. Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel CarrÈ after Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Review: ‘Wozzeck’ Works for the Holidays