Gianni Schicchi: Opera in one act (no. 3 of Il trittico)
Month: December 2008
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
George Steel Says He Doesn’t Want to Join New York City Opera
Intermezzo, Theater an der Wien, Vienna
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 come when the piece was devised, around 1200, by the cathedral chapter of Beauvais?
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 composed a popular Barbiere di Siviglia before Rossini came along and eclipsed his predecessor.
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.