Month: October 2011
RenÈe Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg
Exactly what makes this entertaining, handsome video of Dmitri Hvorostovsky and RenÈe Fleming in concert an “odyssey”?
Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera
Luciano Pavarotti died in September 2007, just short of his 72nd birthday and only a few years after his last performance at the Metropolitan Opera, in Tosca.
Carmen returns to the OpÈra Comique
“Historically Informed Performance” sure has a nice ring — not only does the acronym capture the trendiness of the movement (“HIP”), but one has to admire the subtle put-down the term encapsulates.
BÈatrice et BÈnÈdict, Opera Boston
How is one to write a Romantic opera?
Don Giovanni, Metropolitan Opera
According to legend, when composing Don Giovanni, Mozart completed
the overture last. It was written the night before the opera’s premiere, while his wife Constanze, a fervent taskmaster, plied him with food and drink to make sure he stayed awake.
Delayed by Injury, Giovanni Still Arrives
A Portrait of Manon — Young Artrists at the Royal Opera House
Without young artists, no art form will thrive or grow. The Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists scheme nurtures the best from its young artists that their performances attract thoughtful audiences.
Don Giovanni in San Francisco
Ossia Maestro Watching in Fog City. Ten years ago it was German provincialism, now it is the Italian sort wanting to take root in the War Memorial Opera House.
Oedipe, La Monnaie, Brussels