Il Trovatore, WNO

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/feb/27/il-trovatore-opera-review

IphigÈnie en Tauride, New York

Gluck’s operas are part of a continuum, a tradition of French vocal declamation (as opposed to the Italian school of flights of elegant, open-throated vocal fantasy) that can be traced…

All Cried Out, ‘Lucia’ Cedes Emotion to Men

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/arts/music/26lucia.html?_r=1&ref=music

Gyˆrgy Kurt·g Kafka Fragments, Banse and Keller

Gyˆrgy Kurt·g’s Kafka Fragments, op 24, is a masterpiece, one of the seminal works of the late 20th century.

The Bartered Bride, New York

In the mid-nineteenth century, every nationality that did not possess a national state felt a need to prove itself, to square its shoulders and claim nationhood with all the identifying…

Der zerbrochene Krug / Der Zwerg

Der zerbrochene Krug is a very short opera by Viktor Ullmann, based on a comedy by Kleist, concerning the fall of man.

The Turk in Italy, LA Opera

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/02/opera-review-los-angeles-opera-turk-in-italy.html

Thomas Arne, Bampton Classical Opera

The first performance of Thomas Arne’s masque Alfred took place at Clivedon House on the Thames near Maidenhead, in August 1740.

Virginia Arts recalls Civil War

For geography buffs the Rappahannock is a river that flows from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to Chesapeake Bay.

Parsifal, ENO

This production retains a special place in my heart: its first outing in 1999 was my first Parsifal in the theatre. Saving up my student pennies, I made the journey…