Articles tagged opera

Lewis Pesacov and wild Up: The Edge of Forever

Lewis Pesacov’s music carries a rare and delicate voice in today’s contemporary classical music.

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Mastering the Publishing Cadenza: An Interview with Opera News’ F. Paul Driscoll

Opera News celebrates 80 years of publication this year -- so how do they stay relevant in this day and age? Let Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll tell you what he's discovered.

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A Famous Beauty Is Uncovered in ‘The Real Traviata’

Opera aficcionado Rene Weis pulls back the curtain on one of the stage's most enduring characters, Marie Duplessis.

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‘Marguerite’ Hits Its Story’s Notes Soundly, Unlike the Opera Singer

As written and directed by Xavier Giannoli, Marguerite is a thoughtful examination of an unusual, deeply eccentric woman.

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‘Deep in My Heart’ Is An Overlooked Musical Delight

The captivating life of an operettist, as told via Al Jolson, Gene Kelly, and a "Leg of Mutton".

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Marc Martel - “The Mercurotti” (A Duet with Freddie Mercury and Luciano Pavarotti)

Nashville's Marc Martel records a tribute to two of his favorite singers, Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury.

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Artistic Struggle the 19th Century Russian Way

Stephen Walsh finds the human drama in Musorgsky and His Circle, the story of "a commando unit of Russian composers forcing themselves on the attention of an unsuspecting world."

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12 Apr 2011 // 8:30 AM

Daniel Catan was a caring composer

LOS ANGELES — The Mexican composer Daniel Catan — who died at 62 in his sleep over the weekend of as yet causes unknown — was a mensch. He

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Anna-Nicole: The Opera - ‘Absurdly Beautiful and Eccentric’

Anna Nicole’s first appearance is on an oozing, voluptuous, golden button-backed throne. She is buxom and delicious in her earliest phase of waitress and Marilyn wannabe. Her first line: "I wanna blow you all -- blow you all -- a kiss!" elicited laughter from the audience.

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9 Feb 2011 // 9:00 PM

Philip Glass: Kepler

The iconic American composer gazes at the stars through the opera looking Glass.

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Summertime in All of Its Glory

George Gershwin’s “Summertime” might be the most frequently recorded song ever covered by female vocalists. There have been thousands of renditions, including classic versions

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Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ once Viking-helmeted, looks a lot different nowadays

LOS ANGELES — The horned helmet — usually sitting on the head of a zaftig soprano — is the universal symbol of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of

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Climbing the Wagnerian summit: Seattle Opera reaches for greatness in staging of ‘Ring’ cycle

SEATTLE — “Ringheads” have plenty of reasons to rejoice. No fewer than four major productions of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” are popping up

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5 May 2009 // 5:05 AM

The classics, via computer: A trove of online music is available

The age of musical curiosity is back. The means to discover music we don’t even know exists has been threatening to die for a

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Renée Fleming (Episode 9)

The silly red hat: it’s back. At first, when I see Elvis Costello wearing that questionable fashion choice once again atop his head while

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3 Sep 2008 // 2:47 AM

Philip Glass Contradictory as it sounds, minimalist music is arriving in an avalanche this fall. But since minimalism is, by definition, minimal, one envisions creatures

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Composer spent 20 years writing opera about abolitionist John Brown

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Shortly after 10 p.m. on May 24, 1856, John Brown and seven other men, including four of his sons, stole into the night near

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19 Dec 2007 // 12:29 AM

In his boldest and most far-reaching move since taking the helm of San Francisco Opera two years ago, general director David Gockley has announced a

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Met Opera success propels ancient art form into a telegenic future

The love affair between opera and digital technology is not only continuing—it’s growing deeper and more expansive. The Metropolitan Opera will deliver eight—

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Tenor superstar brought opera to millions: Luciano Pavarotti 1935-2007

Some admirers called Luciano Pavarotti the greatest tenor who ever lived. He certainly was the contemporary world’s most widely recognized opera singer and one

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