Books ‘n Things

Two excellent books on opera have come to hand, providing many hours of entertaining reading. I combine notice of them with a few thoughts about composer Paul Moravecís CDs, and his forthcoming opera premiere at Santa Fe Opera in 2009.

Burly and Savage, but Elegant: Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Opera Meets Animation to Tell a Chinese Tale

Die Bassariden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

Eugene Onegin, Glyndebourne Festival, UK

Argentine gem will miss its 100th birthday party

Merry Widow at ENO

In these days of ‘concept’ productions, it is rare that the curtain goes up on the first act of an opera and it looks exactly as one might reasonably expect it to.

Masterpiece Masterfully Rendered in Toronto

I can still remember my first ever ìPelleas et Melisandeî in my first ever outing at San Francisco Opera during my first ever visit to that beautiful town.

MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro ó Vienna 2001

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro): Opera buffa in four acts, K492

A Berlin Sampler

A recent visit to Berlin’s three opera houses yielded decidedly, nay wildly varying outcomes.