Agrippina – George Frideric Handel

Agrippina was only Handel’s third full-length opera. Composed for the sophisticated opera audience of Venice at the end of Handel’s five years’ stay in Italy, it is clear that his talent has matured from his early German efforts in  ...

Carmen – Georges Bizet

Mexico City, Opera Nacional de Mexico September 21 - October 1 The scene is a dusty street in nineteenth-century Seville, filled with lazy soldiers, posturing Latin lovers, self-conscious cigarette girls, singing in French and working much too  ...

I Cavalieri d’Ekebu – Riccardo Zandonai

Riccardo Zandonai is hardly a familiar name. Just about the only one of his operas that rates more than a mention is Francesca da Rimini, which seemed a noisy and unmusical bore when Scotto and Domingo sang it at  ...

Rinaldo – Handel

Handel wrote Rinaldo to knock ’em dead. It was 1710, and he had just arrived in London with a reputation as a keyboard virtuoso, mostly won in Italy. He had hung around princely courts in Germany. He was 25,  ...

Theodora – George Frideric Handel

Handel’s oratorios were not composed for the theatrical stage where, in England, religious dramas were forbidden until the 20th century. Bankrupted by his endeavors in the field of grand opera, Handel turned to religious works as a way to  ...

Fidelio  –  Ludwig van Beethoven

Online references on Beethoven If Fidelio is not the finest argument that opera transcends the sum of its parts, what is? The story has a ridiculous premise: a woman, whose husband has been  ...

Fever

No wonder Nick Parker (Henry Thomas), the central character of Alex Winter's film, Fever, suffers the full panoply of New York alienation disorder – faces constantly close up in eerie light will induce paranoia in just about anyone. But  ...