PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi — La Scala 2008

Gianni Schicchi: Opera in one act (no. 3 of Il trittico)

ThaÔs at the MET

Everyone who likes Massenet’s ThaÔs seems to feel obliged to apologize for it, or to become defensive: it’s not that bad, they all seem to say.

Berlin Mayor Taps Salzburg Bigwig to Run Barenboim’s Sad House

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=au_qkEzFIhNk&refer=muse

George Steel Says He Doesn’t Want to Join New York City Opera

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=am4og4fOaYB4&refer=home

Intermezzo, Theater an der Wien, Vienna

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7a0945a6-cdcf-11dd-8b30-000077b07658.html

The Play of Daniel — A Medieval Music Drama from Beauvais

Can we call The Play of Daniel an opera, or “music drama” (as this performance put it), when such terms did not exist, and would not exist for centuries to…

PAISIELLO: I Giuochi d’Agrigento

Dynamic offers devotees of classical era opera a rare and quite rewarding opportunity to hear I Giuochi d’Agrigento, a little-known opera by Giovanni Paisiello, best known as the man who…

Best of Neujahrskonzert

An annual event televised around the world, the Vienna Philharmonic’s Neujahrskonzert has become a classical music institution, and as such is impervious to criticism. But not beyond it.

Karita Mattila — Fever

Ondine provides a treasure of a booklet for Fever, Karita Mattila’s traversal of some standards from the so-called “Great American Songbook,” plus two Brazilian numbers.

Berg’s Lulu at Lyric Opera of Chicago

In its new production this fall season of Alban Berg’s Lulu, Lyric Opera of Chicago has achieved a near ideal synthesis of music and drama.