Rossini and Napolean: Vive la France!

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) is a somewhat underappreciated composer, along with Donizetti and Bellini, he forms a trio of the most famous composers of the Italian Bel Canto school of the early 18th century.

July 13, 2016 in Blog by

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La Cenerentola, Not to be Confused with Cinderella

Gioachino Rossini’s take on Cinderella is a little bit jarring at first. It’s lacking several of the elements that we traditionally associate with the Cinderella story.

July 12, 2016 in Blog by

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Menotti’s The Medium (1947)

The Medium was Gian Carlo Menotti’s (1911-2007) first international success. It was commissioned by the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and premiered on Broadway in 1947. The piece is short, only an hour long, but it’s an amazing psychological thriller. It tells the story of Madame Flora, a phony psychic driven insane by her first real […]

June 17, 2016 in Blog by

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Gian Carlo Menotti: A Life

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) is primarily known today for his Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951). However, on closer inspection, one realizes he is one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers. He made great contributions to Chamber Opera and introduced the form to new audiences through what was then the new mediums […]

June 16, 2016 in Blog by

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Elektra and the Ring: When Two Worlds Collide

The Ring cycle, like most of Wagner’s work, signaled a change in form and content of music drama and created something modern. At the end, when the immortals lose their power and die away, the dawn of the age of humans is something to celebrate.

May 5, 2016 in Blog by

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