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Giuseppe Verdi

Masterpiece Musical Theatre

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two well-established musical masterpieces returned to Bay area stages last fall in exceptional productions which proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the strength and vitality of each work's score and libretto. The fact that they were so beautifully performed only added to the audience's sense of artistic fulfillment.

Creative Genius: Giuseppe Verdi

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

How to spur your creativity? By listening to some Rigoletto and La Traviata music from the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

The Great Dream: An American Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

We're in for a wild ride the next few years. Some really great operas are going to be produced. The Great Dream is coming true.

Ship of Fools

Natalie Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

In a city where culture is rather nascent and there is no rich history of the arts, it's exciting to see parents educating their teens to appreciate the nuances of Verdi's masterpiece.

Verdi's Egypt

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Today, Egypt is troubled. As my country becomes more politically polarized, sectarian violence continues to rock its society.

Architecture as Protagonist: The Oak Park Traviata

Roxane Assaf | Posted 10.16.2013 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf

Among Lloyd Wright's earliest design and construction projects was his first family home built in Oak Park, Ill., a lush Chicago suburb with its own professional opera company, Verismo Opera Theater.

Bells are Ringing: Les vêpres siciliennes at Caramoor

Opera Teen | Posted 09.08.2013 | Arts
Opera Teen

On Saturday, Caramoor presented Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes as the first part of their 2013 Bel Canto at Caramoor series. At Caramoor, there has been a consistent tradition of high quality concert performances with world class singers. Saturday was no exception.

All Of Verdi In One Big Box

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts

Verdi: The Complete Works (75-CD boxed set) Decca. From the ever-popular "Aida" to the obscure "Alzira," all 28 of Giuseppe Verdi's operas have been ...

When Virgins Decide

George Heymont | Posted 12.24.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

This fall the San Francisco Opera revived its 1997 production of Rigoletto. Featuring Michael Yeargan's handsome sets (inspired by Giorgio de Chirico) and Constance Hoffman's impressive period costumes, the opera has been double cast to gain maximum stage time.

Aida Redeemed! Here's Why...

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 04.11.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — In 1872, a dissatisfied opera-goer who had attended a performance of Verdi's "Aida" in Parma, Italy, wrote to the composer asking for...

Verdi's First Opera Gets A Rare Showing

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 03.30.2012 | Home

WILMINGTON, Del. — The year was 1839, and a young, unknown Italian composer was having his first opera produced at La Scala. Though only a mode...

Muti's Otello and War Horse

Howard Kissel | Posted 06.18.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

Othello and War Horse are both works on a monumental scale. On these evenings I was reminded of why I chose to spend my life sitting in darkened theaters.

The Millennials Project

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.12.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

We in the arts face a major problem: we now have a generation of young people who have had virtually no exposure to the arts. They do not go to theater, concerts, dance performances or operas.

First Nighter: Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Met's Ravishing Simon Boccanegra

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

During the first night of this season's Metropolitan Opera revival of the 1995 Giancarlo del Monaco production, the cast followed some straight-forward advice with prodigious rewards.