Agrippina – George Frideric Handel

Agrippina was only Handel’s third full-length opera. Composed for the sophisticated opera audience of Venice at the end of Handel’s five years’ stay in Italy, it is clear that his talent has matured from his early German efforts in  ...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar 1: L-R: Orla Boylan (sings Blanche BuBois) & Sam McElroy (sings Stanley Kowalski) PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT REDMOND Opera Ireland Dublin: Gaiety Theatre 19-25 November, 2006 A rancid night in Dublin city: snarling rain tearing through  ...

Hamlet – Ambroise Thomas

The Keys to French Opera in the Nineteenth Century (2001), Herve Lacombe Online references on French opera A professor at the Paris Conservatory, and for some  ...

Lucia di Lammermoor – Gaetano Donizetti

. Suggested reading: Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series) Bel canto - literally beautiful singing - is a technical term for a particular singing technique (more info here), but the term is used popularly  ...

Theodora – George Frideric Handel

Handel’s oratorios were not composed for the theatrical stage where, in England, religious dramas were forbidden until the 20th century. Bankrupted by his endeavors in the field of grand opera, Handel turned to religious works as a way to  ...

Faust

IFaust (William Burden) arrives to court Marguerite Photo by Brett Coomer The Devil Pulls the Strings Faust Houston Grand Opera January 26, 2007 The devil goes by many names, but for opera (and Goethe) lovers, Mephistopheles is the  ...

Billy Budd – Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd (Cambridge Opera Handbooks) Online references on Benjamin Britten Herman Melville's novella, Billy Budd, published posthumously in 1924, is an allegory, a tale pitting  ...

The Rake’s Progress – Igor Stravinsky

Online references on Stravinsky William Hogarth created his series of satirical etchings, "The Rakes Progress," in 1735, influenced in part by the literary work of his contemporary, Jonathan Swift. In that pre-photography time,  ...

Boris Godunov, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

Opera in seven scenes by Modest Mussorgsky Libretto by Mussorgsky San Francisco Opera October 22-November 15, 2008 Vassily Sinaisky, conductor Julia Pevzner, director http://sfopera.com/o/268.asp If you’re going to have hordes of peasants in an opera, you have to give them  ...