The Tsar’s Bride – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Suggested reading: Reminiscences of Rimsky-Korsakov (1985), Vasilii Vasilevich Yastrebtsev The Literary Lorgnette: Attending Opera in Imperial Russia (2000), Julie A. Buckler Rimsky-Korsakov wrote a dozen or so full length operas, some of which  ...

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  ...

Turandot – Giacomo Puccini

Pavarotti's frequent performances of his signature aria, Nessun dorma, have made Turandot more popular than ever. The story of the conversion of an ice princess through the power of love, placed in ancient Peking, provides the essential elements for grand  ...

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  ...

Manon – Jules Massenet

... The Abbe Prevost's 1731 novel, L'Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, was the inspiration for no less than three operas, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, as well as two Manon's, the popular Massenet and a pretty much forgotten  ...

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  ...