The Barber of Seville – Gioachino Rossini

This barber is the very same character known so well from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, but while both The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville are drawn from Beaumarchais, the former was based on the second  ...

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  ...