La Rondine – Giacomo Puccini

La Rondine is the only opera among Puccini's mature works that is generally passed over in the current repertory--and with good reason. Written and first performed in the midst of World War I, it's a work that looks back  ...

Daphne – Richard Strauss

online references on Richard Strauss As always with Strauss, much can be made of the historical and political context of the time in which he wrote his operas. Daphne, after all, dates from 1937  ...

Cosi fan tutte – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Scholars and musicologists quibble endlessly over Cosi--about its musical form (or lack of the form of the earlier operas), about inconsistencies in the musical style from one aria or ensemble piece to another, about insufficient psychological grounding for the  ...

Doktor Faust – Ferruccio Busoni

Online references on Ferruccio Busoni While Berlioz based his La Damnation de Faust (1846) on the seminal work of Goethe, Ferrucio Busoni went back to the earlier German puppet plays as the source  ...

The Cunning Little Vixen – Leoš Janacek

The Czech composer Leoš Janacek is most frequently represented in the current repertory by his operas Jenufa and Kat'a Kabanova, both works of high domestic drama, full of intense emotion and family conflict. The Cunning Little Vixen, far less  ...

Akhnaten – Philip Glass

Online references on Akhnaten Opera has from the very beginning focussed on myth and ritual. So Philip Glass' three act Akhnaten (1984), which was seen as an oddity by some at its Stuttgart  ...

Don Carlo – Giuseppe Verdi

Schedule of other performances around the world Online references on Verdi The dress rehearsal for the premiere performance of Verdi's Don Carlos (the original French version for Paris Opera in  ...

Clara – Robert Convery/Kathleen Cahill

The University of Maryland under the direction of Leon Major has commissioned an engaging new opera by music theater librettist Kathleen Cahill and composer Robert Convery about the life of the extraordinary pianist and composer Clara Schumann. Although Clara is  ...