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  ...

The Flying Dutchman  –  Richard Wagner

The Flying Dutchman, which had its premiere in Dresden in 1843, initiated Wagner's move away from the then standard opera forms into his own style of music-drama. Smaller in scale than his later works, running around two and a  ...

Jenufa – Leoš Janacek

Online references on Janacek Leoš Janacek lived over about the same span of years as did Puccini and his first successful opera, Jenufa, premiered in the same year (1904) as did Puccini's Madame Butterfly.  ...

Giulio Cesare – George Frideric Handel

The libretto for Handel’s Julius Caesar by Nicola Francesco Haym was adapted from renditions of the story popular in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Far from the dark tale of shadowy morality and political intrigue concocted by  ...

Don Carlo – Giuseppe Verdi

Schiller: Don Carlos and Mary Stuart Verdi With a Vengeance : An Energetic Guide to the Life and Complete Works of the King of Opera (2000),William Berger Online references on Spanish history  ...