Le Cid – Jules Massenet

Online references on Spanish history El Cid, from the Spanish/Arabic meaning lord or chief, was the nom de guerre, as it were, of an 11th century Castilian knight, Rodrigo D´┐Żaz, Count of Bivar. He  ...

La Traviata – Giuseppe Verdi

If changes in social mores since mid-19th-century Paris render aspects of La Traviata awkwardly dated, the passion and poignancy of its star-crossed lovers transcends both geography and generations. Based on the 1848 Dumas fils novel and his 1852 play,  ...

Pan y Toros – Barbieri

Zarzuela is the unique Spanish form of musical theater/operetta, made up of text both spoken and sung, with solos, duets, ensemble pieces, choruses, and dances as well. It is characterized by a focus on the holidays and festivals, customs,  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Central Park

.. Lauren Flanigan, playing a homeless, unwed mother carrying her infant, sings: "You all pretend you are not in the same park with us." In that moment the park morphs into metaphor for a larger geography - the place  ...