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,  ...

Luisa Miller – Giuseppe Verdi

All too often, theatrical works don't come alive on the stage or screen, due to a lack of dramatic tension. Dramatic tension requires conflict and conflict sets up an emotional need in the viewer for resolution. Verdi was adept  ...

Don Giovanni Houston Grand Opera

Is it interesting that what some consider the world most perfect opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, is about a consciousless cad? Mozart’s retelling of the Don Juan legend is a study in contrasts, light vs. dark and pure vs. evil. The  ...

La Bohème

Gerard O’Connor (Alcindoro), Alessia Grimaldi (Musetta) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 18-26 November, 2006 www.operaireland.com/ Opera Ireland’s ‘prison’ La Bohème follows the lead of an Italian production of 2004 with design contributions from detainees at  ...

The Tsar’s Bride – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Suggested reading: Reminiscences of Rimsky-Korsakov (1985), Vasilii Vasilevich Yastrebtsev The Literary Lorgnette: Attending Opera in Imperial Russia (2000), Julie A. Buckler Rimsky-Korsakov wrote a dozen or so full length operas, some of which  ...

Trois Moins Six – Pierre Courtin

Pierre Courtin is a French painter and engraver, born in 1921. His abstract work was part of the surrealist movement in the early forties, and then later part of the neo-cubist period which was at its time was  ...

La Favorite – Gaetano Donizetti

Ariel Bybee Inez, Maria Luisa Nave in the title role of La Favorita, San Francisco Opera, 1973 Throughout the San Francisco Opera's production of La Favorite, there are seven larger-than-life figures of saints mounted high up  ...