Doctor Atomic – John Adams

John Donne: Holy Sonnet XIV Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn,  ...

I Vespri Siciliani – Giuseppe Verdi

The music of Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani opens majestically and alternates in turn with playful and emotionally dark interludes. Coming after Rigoletto, Il Travatore, and La Traviata, Vespri, infrequently performed in the contemporary repertory, offers the work of the mature  ...

The Italian Girl in Algiers – Gioachino Rossini

In the nineteen years from 1810 to 1829, Rossini composed an astounding thirty-eight operas. The Italian Girl in Algiers, which was written in twenty-seven days, premiered in Venice in 1813, when Rossini was all of twenty-one years old, and  ...

H.M.S. Pinafore – W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan

Buy the HMS Pinafore poster at barewalls.com In 1871, playwright William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) began writing satiric musicals with composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900). Trained as a lawyer, Gilbert had previously published wickedly funny doggerel, the  ...

The Pearl Fishers – Georges Bizet

The Pearl Fishers, Bizet's first opera, written when he was only 24, is loved for a few of its lustrous melodies which have been widely disseminated in recordings. But the opera is rarely staged, for reasons that become all  ...