A career-making smash for Donizetti at its 1830 premiere, Anna Bolena eventually faded from the standard repertory.
Recorded live at the Stiftsbasilika, St. Florian (Austrian) on 12 and 13 September 2006, this DVD offers a special performance of the famous Cleveland Orchestra outside its home at Severance Hall.
Among the available DVDs of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, the recent release of the production Rolf Liebermann made into a film i the late 1960s stands out for various reasons.
Uncut with Canada’s Mistress of the trouser-role: the multifaceted Kimberly Barber.
Written in 1900, Elgarís Gerontius expresses the universal and existentialist struggle of death and rebirth. The allegorical significance of the piece touches on a need for faith, self-discovery, and acceptance of the world around us.
Opera singers today have become almost as famous and publicly worshipped as movie-stars; yet this has always been the case in operatic history.
CENTRAL CITY, Colo. ó A year ago, when the Central City Opera announced plans to conclude its 2007 75th anniversary season with Gian Carlo Menottiís ìSaint of Bleecker Street,î the composer was aged but alive.
Itís clear today that Chinaís Cultural Revolution has led to a cultural revolution that ó in music at least ó has made the countryís artists frontrunners on the international scene.
Glimmerglass Opera is in a watershed year. With the departure of Paul Kellogg, who had considerable success developing that annual festival, General and Artistic Director Michael Macleod has chosen to begin his tenure with a variation on the usual four-opera-season, namely a thematic collection
of pieces based on the “Orpheus” legend. “Don’t look
back” is the marketing catch phrase.
In an evening brimming with sublime performances, Anja Siljja took grasp of her dramatic prowess and left us breathless, yearning for more. At the most sacred opera house in Italy, and perhaps the world, Jan·?ekís opera was thrillingly presented and is an example of our beloved genre at its finest.