As this is written, the third week of August, the Santa Fe music season is winding down.
Superb performance of Elgar’s epic oratorio Caractacus at the The
Three Choirs Festival in Worcester Cathedral.
Musical excellence was the centerpiece of three of Santa Fe Opera’s annual offerings.
The back cover of soprano Nino Machiadze’s debut solo recital from Sony Classical quotes her as describing the disc’s selection of arias as “my world, my successes to date and my hopes for the future.”
In keeping with the festival nature of the piece, the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, along with guest soloists and a guest chorus director, gave two performances of Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln on recent weekend evenings.
The New York Festival of Song, created and run by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, dedicates itself to what one might call “American lieder” — art songs by top American composers, classic Broadway, and operatic numbers.
It was a no-brainer. The Old Testament Egyptians had to become today’s Palestinians.
What is to be done about Armida?
Gaetano Donizetti is arguably the established opera composer with the highest ratio of failures to successes.