As familiar Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser is, the opera benefits from solid performances that bring together fine singing, exquisite orchestral playing, and effective staging, and the Metropolitan Opera’s 1982 production conducted by James Levine gave audiences an exemplary performance that remains a touchstone for this work.
OpÈra comique in four acts.
Music composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalÈvy after Prosper MÈrimÈe’s novella, Carmen.
This wasn’t an “easy” program for dilettantes.
If there ever was a moment where architecture and music became passionately tied to one another, it would be when the polychoral music of the 16th century was tied to St. Mark’s
cathedral in Venice.
- Record number of singers auditioned
- Three countries competing for first time
- New sponsorship and increased prize money
At the curtain call for the first night of WNO’s new production of the infrequently performed Khovanshchina director David Pountney wore a simple Russian shirt.