Lady Macbeth of  Mtsensk – Dmitri Shostakovich

the short story on which the opera is based Premiered in Leningrad in 1934, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk achieved considerable initial success, but just two years later (after Stalin attended a performance) it was denounced in Pravda, its heroine  ...

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  ...