Opera Reviews

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Antonio e Cleopatra

Johann Hasse was one of the most popular opera composers of the eighteenth century. He died in 1783 (just 8 years before Mozart's death) but he was 84...
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Aida אאידה

"If my dream might come true! An army of brave men, led by me – victory, and the applause of all Memphis! To return to you, my sweet Aida, decked wit...
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Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City)

The Longborough Festival Opera is performing the opera Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City)  by Erich Wolfgang Korngold in what they call a semi-staged conc...
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The Wreckers

Glyndebourne Festival stages a rarely performed opera, The Wreckers, by British composer Ethel Smyth. It is a landmark production, the first opera by ...
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Siegfried

Henry James when talking about reviewing books or music or drama was insistent that one must start by accepting “the given”. So when reviewing a Wagne...
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Le Barbier de Séville

This season at the Opera Bastille nearly comes to its end with a refreshing production of Gioacchino Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of Seville. Dire...
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Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky very much wanted to write opera for adults about real characters, avoiding implausible operatic devices and melodramatic conceits. In ‘Eug...
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Samson et Dalila

The Book of Judges devotes three chapters to the story of Samson. The composer, Camille Saint-Saëns, and the librettist Ferdinand Lemaire explore only...
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Alcina
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Alcina, written in 1735, is one of George Frideric Handel's more popular operas – he composed 42 of them. Inspired by Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furio...
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Lohengrin

‘Lohengrin’ was Wagner’s first clear masterpiece, but it is all the same an uneasy work, embodying both the culmination of one tradition of operatic w...