Love and death among battlements

In 2003, at Cagliís Accademia del Teatro, Elisabetta Courir directed a compelling CosÏ fan tutte, minimalist, sophisticated and low-budget; quite unlike Daniele Abbado, whose Lohengrin for Bolognaís Teatro Comunale integrated ìhardî scenery, video projections and historically informed costumes into a dream-like pageant.

RÈgine Crespin ne chantera plus

French Opera Great Crespin Dies at 80

Italy’s Spoleto Festival as a Family Affair

HANDEL: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Giulio Cesare in Egitto (HWV 17), Drama in three acts.

Music composed by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685–1759). Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym after an earlier libretto by Giacomo Francesco Bussani.

DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale

An ingenious and handsome staging, in the proper period and full of delicious color, fashion and furnishings, a production that honors the compatibility of tradition with good fun, and four singers who look their parts, play the farce, and are as easy on the ears as on the eyes ó what more could you want from a Don Pasquale?

SZYMANOWSKI: Songs of a Fairy-tale Princess; Harnasie; Love Songs of Hafiz

The Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) is one of more engaging composers of the early twentieth century.

DONIZETTI: Dom SÈbastien, roi de Portugal

When hearing the final work of a composer whose life was cut short, one can not help but wonder, ìWhat if?î


The Golden Cockerel [Zolotoy petushok (Le coq d’or)], a dramatized fable with a prologue, three acts and an epilogue.

Beverly Sills Dies