A Muse for the Masses: Two Operatic Arenas in Review

With the revival of a 1876 Cleopatra by the local composer Lauro Rossi, a couple of world premieres in chamber opera and sacred oratorio (by Marco Tutino and Alberto Colla,…

Wagnerian Score: Music 10; Drama 1

The venerable Wagner Festival in Bayreuth has never shied away from provocative productions.

Prom 34 ó Puccini’s Il Tabarro; Rachmaninov’s Symphony no. 1

In a nod to the 150th anniversary of Puccini’s birth, the Manchester-based BBC Philharmonic Orchestra visited the Proms with their chief conductor, Gianandrea Noseda, for a performance of the first…

ìAriadne auf Naxosî at Toronto Music Festival

ìOnly in the realm of the dead is everything pure.î

STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten ó Covent Garden 1976

Die Frau ohne Schatten: Oper in three acts

Prom 40 – Boulez conducts Jan·ček

Contrary to popular assumption, Jan·ček wasn’t “folkloric” per se, much as he loved his Moravian heritage. Boulez’s perceptive approach shows how inventive and original Jan·ček’s music can be.

Torre – Torre – Torre

I hoped it was not an omen of the evening to come at Torre del Lago’s Puccini Festival, when the audience was made to wait at the closed gates until…

Prom 18 — L’Incoronazione di Poppea

Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s annual appearance at the Proms is always an eagerly-awaited event, but there is a varying degree of success with which the productions adapt from a full staging…

Singers from South Africa and Sweden win Seattle Wagner Competition

A soprano originally from South Africa and a tenor from Sweden sang their way to top honors in the 2008 International Wagner Competition staged by the Seattle Opera on August…

Opera closes ranks against angry diva

http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts/opera-closes-ranks-against-angry-diva/2008/08/18/1218911573563.html