Trois Moins Six – Pierre Courtin

Pierre Courtin is a French painter and engraver, born in 1921. His abstract work was part of the surrealist movement in the early forties, and then later part of the neo-cubist period which was at its time was  ...

La Favorite – Gaetano Donizetti

Ariel Bybee Inez, Maria Luisa Nave in the title role of La Favorita, San Francisco Opera, 1973 Throughout the San Francisco Opera's production of La Favorite, there are seven larger-than-life figures of saints mounted high up  ...

Louise – Gustave Charpentier

The plot of Louise will tax no one in its level of difficulty. Girl finds boy, girl runs away with boy over (unreasonable) parental objections, girl and boy are deliriously happy, parents fail to get girl to return home  ...

Idomeneo, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

Opera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Giambattista Varesco San Francisco Opera October 15-31, 2008 Donald Runnicles, conductor John Copley, director http://sfopera.com/o/267.asp “Idomeneo” has always given San Francisco Opera a little trouble. Mozart’s first fully realized opera  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...