Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Jacques Offenbach

After a number new or imported productions that have, by and large, been indifferently received, the Royal Opera returns to familiar territory. The late John Schlesinger’s 1980 production of Les Contes D’Hoffmann is sumptuously traditional in style – with  ...

Mazeppa – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

The Mazeppa Legend in European Romanticism (1974), Hubert F. Babinski Online references on Mazeppa  Vulture, dove, and arrow are the metaphors used in Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s opera Mazeppa to describe three of the central characters.  ...

Eugene Onegin – Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Online references on Eugene Onegin "Life is not like a novel" is one of the catch phrases of Eugene Onegin, an opera completed in 1878 by composer Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky  ...

Lady Macbeth of  Mtsensk – Dmitri Shostakovich

the short story on which the opera is based Premiered in Leningrad in 1934, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk achieved considerable initial success, but just two years later (after Stalin attended a performance) it was denounced in Pravda, its heroine  ...

The Barber of Seville – Gioachino Rossini

This barber is the very same character known so well from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, but while both The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville are drawn from Beaumarchais, the former was based on the second  ...