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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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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...
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Choir of Enlightenment/Williams, Matthew Brook, Anna Dennis, Agustín Prunell-Friend
Debussy conducted a version of Rameau’s one-act Anacréon back in 1909, but it has taken the scholarly ingenuity of Jonathan Williams and a major collaboration to revive it in our time. This Rameau project, involving Oxford University and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, shows how integrated research and performance have now become. The music here is well worth restoring: the instrumental dances full of burbling flutes, whooping horns and beating drums show Rameau as thoroughly contemporary in his vivid imagination; they rather overwhelm the paler vocal lines. This performance does not quite achieve the elan and rhythmic lift of the greatest Rameau recordings, but it’s an important landmark.Continue reading...
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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!
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
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