Big ambitions in a small town

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/6d250fae-49b2-11da-8686-0000779e2340.html

A Singing Hiker Who Scales the Heights of Mozart Opera

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/31/arts/31conn.html

Tremendous Foreboding in the Air

http://www.nysun.com/article/22307

SAINT-SAÀNS: Samson et Dalila

French composer Camille Saint-SaÎns was a child prodigy, musicologist, astronomer, archeologist, poet, writer, teacher, and one of the most important and prolific composers of his generation. Yet, Saint-SaÎnsí reputation has, for some time, mainly rested on his instrumental works the ìOrganî Symphony, the overture Carnival of the Animals and his oratorio turned opera, Samson et Dalila.

PUCCINI: Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut was Pucciniís first big success, and his first contribution to the repertory. Yet itís popularity has always lagged behind that of the composerís following three mega-hits La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, as well as some later successes such as Turandot and even Gianni Schicchi.

Ewa Podle? ó Rossini Gala

If Rossini could set a laundry list to music, then Ewa Podle? is one of the few candidates available to sing it. In this CD, recorded live at the Polish Radio Hall in Wroclaw (Wratislavia), during the thirty third International Festival Wratislavia Cantans Music and Fine Arts, the Polish contralto gives ample proof of her status as one of the great singers of her generation.

Software idea could benefit opera

http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051029/NEWSREC0103/510290306

Barbarians as a compelling chorus

http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/barbarians-as-a-compelling-chorus/2005/10/30/1130607145221.html#

Tangier Tattoo, Glyndebourne Opera House, Glyndebourne

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/reviews/article322957.ece

GIORDANO: Fedora

Fedora, a melodrama in three acts.

Umberto Giordano, composer. Arturo Colautti, librettist, based on the play with the same name by Victorien Sardou

First performance: 17 November 1898 at Teatro Lirico Internazionale, Milan