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Everyone loves a fairy tale, and one of the most magical ways to experience one is at the opera house! Some of the most beloved operas of all time are inspired by fairy tales and other enchanting stories. What fairy tale opera are you? more...
Yup, that's right, J.S. Bach wrote a chamber opera about coffee. And not just coffee, coffee addiction! Here's some facts about Bach's "Coffee Cantata" and how the piece came to be about. more...
When three opera companies in one city all open their seasons on the same night, which opera do you attend? On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Chicago Fringe Opera opened their seasons, performing The Marriage of Figaro, Lucio Silla, and The Turn of the Screw respectively. With two more... more...
Tonight we'll experience a serendipitous celestial spectacle: a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse! As you're watching the skies, you need a little night music for the perfect soundtrack. Check out this list of moon music: some are well known classics, others are almost as rare as a supermoon eclipse! more...
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The opera singer-cum-actor returned to the recital stage for a theatrical performance that at times came perilously close to going over the top
Maverick diva Natalie Dessay nowadays considers herself as much an actor as a singer. Many will associate her with the Romantic coloratura repertory, but two years ago she gave up opera to concentrate on spoken theatre and song recitals. Next year, she will venture into musicals, as Fosca in a Paris production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion. It was as a recitalist, however, that she returned to London after a longish absence. This concert with pianist Philippe Cassard revealed both her theatrical manner in performance and the unpredictability that can make Dessay fascinating.
Gretchen am Spinnrade found her writhing and twisting, finishing the song almost bent doubleContinue reading...
New ENO music director Mark Wigglesworth gets off to a flying start with a searing account of Shostakovich’s only major opera
The dazzling brass fanfares, blasting their crazed fortissimos from either side of the orchestra pit, would be reason enough to rush to hear Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1934) at English National Opera. The music blisters, bubbles, froths and caresses. The cast is effective, chorus robust, enlarged orchestra on peak form. Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, making his debut as music director of ENO, Shostakovich’s masterpiece has rarely sounded better. If the production, designed and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, is less exciting, at least it does not obscure the brilliance of the score.
The music blisters, bubbles, froths and caressesContinue reading...
Elizabeth Watts (soprano), the English Concert/Cummings
Golden-voiced soprano Elizabeth Watts has spent the past few years unearthing neglected arias by Alessandro Scarlatti, father of Domenico and founder of the rich Neapolitan school. With 600 cantatas and 100 operas to his name, Watts had plenty to go at. She’s come up with a delicious selection – some, such as Se geloso è il mio core from Endimione e Cintia (1705) and Farinelli’s showpiece, Torbido, irato, e nero, from Erminia (1723), dangerously difficult; others sweetly placid and beguiling – Sussurrando il venticello from Tigrane (1715), for example. Watts just about gets away with the spectacular pyrotechnics but is most affecting when Scarlatti takes his foot off the accelerator.Continue reading...
David Cameron rejects calls to rethink cuts to tax credits for working families amid warning millions will lose out.
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Discover WFMT's Classical Italy next May! Join Peter van de Graaff on this exclusive twelve-day classical music lover's journey to "Bella Italia" next May. Imagine staying in the heart of Venice in a restored old abbey and experiencing Donizetti' opera La favorite at the historic La Fenice Opera House!