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

Jay Weston | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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.

Holiday Strikes At Tech Giant

AP | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of Amazon.com Inc. workers are staging a strike in Germany and the union says there will be more to come in the run-up to Chr...

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.

'I've Been Chomping At The Bit To Do This Opera'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Music lovers who have seen "The Audition," the documentary about a vocal competition at the Metropolitan Opera, may remember tenor Mi...

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...

He 'Croons More Than He Sings'

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Near the end of Shakespeare's "Othello," the hero speaks of the "unlucky deeds" that have brought about his downfall. The same phrase migh...

Heartfelt Standing Ovation For The Met Opera's 'La Traviata'

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Two spontaneous eruptions from the audience just about said it all as the Metropolitan Opera revived Willy Decker's brilliantly stripped-d...

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 ...

'Verdi' Like You've Never Seen It

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 01.09.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Part film noir, part surrealistic nightmare, David Alden's new production of Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" is dominated by a single ...

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!

Samuel Ramey Is Leo the Great in San Francisco Opera's 'Attila'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

The role of "Leone" in Verdi's Attila requires an artist of the larger-than-life variety. For the 2012 summer season at San Francisco Opera, that can be carried off by no one else but Samuel Ramey.

Conducting For The Pope

AP | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home

VATICAN CITY — Riccardo Muti will be conducting a concert in the Vatican in honor of Pope Benedict XVI. He's the second big-name maestro to be ...

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

David Browning | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
David Browning

This was the Carnegie Hall debut for soprano Jennifer Rowley and tenor Noah Baetge, likely for mezzo Leann Sandel-Pantaleo and bass Harold Wilson as well. The fact that all four had issues in keeping with the conductor would seem to indict the conductor rather than any of them.

The Uncut Version Of 'Don Carlos'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home

HOUSTON -- One of the grandest of grand operas, Verdi's "Don Carlos" is rarely performed with every note of music the composer wrote for its 1867 prem...

How Soprano Angela Meade Lost And Won The National Council Auditions

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 04.22.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — The story of soprano Angela Meade's "overnight success" at the Metropolitan Opera is well known: She wins the National Council Auditi...

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...