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  ...

Manon Lescaut – Giacomo Puccini

The newly renamed Washington National Opera returned to the recently renovated Kennedy Center Opera House with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the opera that launched Puccini’s career. With prestigious stars—Veronica Villarroel (Manon), Franco Farina (Des Grieux) and  ...

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  ...