La Cenerentola – Gioachino Rossini

Online references on Rossini Cinderella has a long literary history, even preceding its inclusion in Perrault's Mother Goose stories published in the 17th century. It continues to be told, generation after  ...

Queen of Spades – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Based on Alexander Pushkin’s 1833 short story, Tchaikovsky’s penultimate operatic work is a musically idiosyncratic mixture of his recognizable orchestral style with elements of pastiche. Not renowned as a composer of opera, Tchaikovsky had hit a bullseye with a  ...

Andrea Chenier – Umberto Giordano

Giordano’s Andrea Chenier was his fourth opera, first performed at La Scala on 28 March 1896. Seven years earlier his debut work Marina had placed in the top six at the Sonzogno opera competition won by Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.  ...

Kat’a Kabanova – Leoš Janacek

the Ostrovsky play on which the opera is based Before Stanislavsky's development of his method of psychological realism in the performance of drama, there was the Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky  ...

Otello – Giuseppe Verdi

Both Shakespeare's great tragedy Othello and Verdi's opera adaptation, Otello, are highly focused works, centered on the character of Otello, a Moorish general who leads the Venetian army. Of the three central characters, only Otello changes over the course  ...

La Boheme – Giacomo Puccini

It is hard to believe today that Puccini's La Bohemereceived a cool response from the Italian critics when it premiered. (You do have to watch out for critics, no?) Boheme caught on quickly with the public, though, and has  ...

Il Trittico  –  Giacomo Puccini

Scheduled performances (all or individual parts) Zurich Opernhaus Z�rich September 9 - October 13 Washington Washington National Opera September 16 - October 7 Montreal L'Opera de Montreal September 23 - October 5  ...

Ariadne auf Naxos – Richard Strauss

Ariadne auf Naxos is an underappreciated delight of an opera. While audiences understandably flock to Strauss' earlier Der Rosenkavalier, they appear not to have taken Ariadne to their hearts, though it is shorter and pithier than the former and  ...

Giulio Cesare – George Frideric Handel

See Harvey O'Brien's background of the opera and review of Opera Ireland's production (with performance schedules and CD and video recommendations) For nearly two decades Nicholas McGegan has conducted San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra  ...