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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Parsifal – Richard Wagner

Suggested reading: Guide to Parsifal with complete libretto and a parallel translation into English by Andrew Porter For his last opera, Wagner dug into German and Christian legends and, in his inimitable fashion, created  ...