I Pagliacci – Ruggiero Leoncavallo

I Pagliacci, variously translated as Traveling Players or Clowns, is a popular and often performed short opera in the verismo style. A tight, well structured libretto uses the play-within-a-play device to explore classic themes of passion, adultery, jealousy, and  ...

La Juive – Jacques Fromental Halevy

Rhodium Silver Necklace set with light blue Magen David medallion. Doomed love, jealousy, mistaken identity and filial devotion. And if that’s not operatic enough for you, the two leading characters are thrown into a vat of  ...

Semele – Handel

What better sort of character to make the heroine of an opera? Semele was a Theban princess and the only mortal to be the parent of a god, that God none other than Dionysus/Bacchus, offspring of Semele's union with  ...

La Cenerentola

Cinderella (Joyce DiDonato) meets Dandini (Earle Patriarco) who is disguised as the Prince. Photo by Brett Coomer Cinderella may be an old-as-the-hills tale, but when the famed Barcelona theater company known simply as Els Comediants got a hold of  ...

Manon – Jules Massenet

... The Abbe Prevost's 1731 novel, L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, was the inspiration for no less than three operas, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, as well as two Manon's, the popular Massenet and a pretty much forgotten  ...