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Spectacular Aida At The Arena di Verona

Lina de la Torre | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Lina de la Torre

The setting of Aida in Ancient Egypt is likely one aspect of the opera that has made it very popular with audiences around the world, perhaps because it conveys the feeling that you can relive the splendor of that culture vicariously through the opera.

La Traviata At The Arena In Verona

Lina de la Torre | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Lina de la Torre

Giuseppe Verdi's genius likely tops the list, but the theme of love is so universal that everyone who sees the opera, whether they are an experienced opera buff or a novice, relates to the story.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back To You

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back to You Steve Mass, the Mudd Club, Wagner and Me by Lawrence D. Mass "O Wag...

"Don Carlo" - Star-Studded Night at the Opera

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2016 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Luckily SFO offered the complete, 5-act Italian version that begins in the park of Fontainebleau where Carlo and his intended Elisabetta fall in love, only to learn that her father, King of France, has given her to Carlo's father, King Phillip II, as a pawn to end a war.

Dogeball: I Due Foscari at Teatro alla Scala

Opera Teen | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi, Anna Pirozzi, and Chiara Isotton It is far from unheard of for a specific singer to champion a forgotten piece and bring ...

Conductor Justin Freer on 'It's a Wonderful Life' - This Week with San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

On Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, Justin Freer will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in screenings of the Christmas film classic from 1946...

'Falstaff' Flies Amidst the Stars

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
Charles Karel Bouley

Some of the absolute biggest stars in Hollywood got to hear the latest Pacific Opera Project production, Fallstaff, in one of the most unique venues with the most sweeping views of Southern California.

How Verdi Transcends Weltschmerz

Pia de Jong | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
Pia de Jong

Were you born here?" I ask Michael, the stonemason who repairs the flagstones along my driveway. They are in shambles because of the constant freezing, thawing and refreezing in recent weeks.

Albuquerque's Opera Southwest Beams Up Long Lost Hamlet Opera By Verdi's Favorite Conductor

Laurence Vittes | Posted 01.25.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

In the dramatic truth and emotional passion of the production, and the skill of the ensemble, Opera Southwest's Amleto was unforgettable. But it was no whale.

And the Banned Play On

Glen Roven | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

So far this season at the Met I have seen three sensational shows, The Marriage of Figaro, The Death of Klinghoffer and most recently Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo -- A Stunning Debut in 'Partenope' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.24.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.

Evil Lady Anna

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

If you've seen San Francisco Opera's Norma with its great voices beached like giant wales in an absurd production, take a leap to the Met and enjoy the very opposite.

L.A. Opera Season to Open with "La Traviata"!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

"Why are you so passionate about opera" was a question thrown at me today, and I puzzled for a response. It certainly was not something which came naturally to me from my environment.

From the Score to the Stage: Opera Behind the Scenes

Rodney Punt | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Rodney Punt

In this large, richly illustrated book (pictured above), written in lucid and accessible prose, Baker, a former dramaturge and stage director himself, lifts the veil from behind the scenes of opera.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Introduces 'Rita' by Donizetti, February 12-16

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

The best way to describe Verdi's String Quartet in E minor is that it's just so very-very Verdi. Including it on a program such as this reveals similar dramatic flavors found in any of his operas.

Curtain Call at Europe's Operas for Subodh Gupta, The Simpsons and Digital Divas

Simon Hewitt | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

Flitting around Europe to report on art events this Fall threw up evening opportunities to enjoy opera on either side of what was once the Iron Curtain.

Review: Falstaff at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Part of Shakespeare's genius lies in the way he loves even his fools and villains. When we watch his characters blather or sin, we are never repelled. Each seems to be an aspect of ourselves, all necessarily living together in this wonderful house of folly we call the world.

My Marathon for the Ages (and for the Aged)

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Alan Elsner

As I passed mile 22 of the marathon, run on rolling hills around Portland, Maine, I asked myself, how on earth did I get into this? There were a whol...

Becoming Traviata

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

What does it take to become Traviata, one of opera's most famous heroines? A lot of rehearsals. A French documentary shows the making of Traviata at t...

AVA's Boffo Ballo

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, currently at the Academy of Vocal Arts and locally toured is brought to its full Verdian power under the direction of Tito Capobianco and AVA conductor Christofer Macatsoris.

From Folk Song to Song Art

Donna Fish | Posted 07.07.2013 | New York
Donna Fish

The program designed by Ms. Azrieli is united by a Jewish theme. It includes works by Jewish composers, operatic arias that evoke Jewish subjects, as well as Jewish folksong arrangements.

WATCH: Behind The Scenes Of A Classic Opera

Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts

Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" -- "the fallen woman" in Italian -- tells the tale of Violetta, a tragic heroine who is desperate to remain free and lo...

Eternity in an Hour: Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall

Victoria Martino | Posted 11.01.2012 | Arts
Victoria Martino

It was as if a common spirit held everyone in thrall, and it was perfectly natural and fitting to breathe an interior, silent, communal "Amen," before erupting into the tumultuous, appreciative applause that such a magnificent and memorable performance deserved.

Marco Vratogna Is Sensational as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.

Placido Domingo Celebrates 45 Years at L.A.Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

A little girl standing next to me at a recent opera rehearsal turned to me and said with tears in her eyes, "I didn't know that opera could be such fun!" Friends, it sure is, and we must do everything we can to support it!