Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Verdi's hometown is a special place, writes Fred Plotkin, with its misty climate and landmarks connected to the composer. It also faces some alarming financial difficulties.
Monday, October 28, 2013
With "Baden-Baden 1927," Gotham Chamber Opera presented four one-act works by Ernest Toch, Darius Milhaud, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith. David Patrick Stearns considers the results.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Planning a trip to Italy but don’t know what is playing on opera stages? Fred Plotkin sorts it out for you, with this one-stop guide to opera calendars around the country.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Nico Muhly's Two Boys has an intentionally creepy sexual frankness that goes beyond anything previously seen on the Met stage, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
You can tell a lot about a city’s opera culture by who shows up for opening nights – or doesn't.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
The Met's high-style production with a smartly-selected cast represents a near-ideal opportunity to come to terms with what the piece is and is not, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Friday, October 11, 2013
The absolute, unforgettable highlight of the Verdi anniversary week was being in the presence, and then the company, of conductor Richard Bonynge, writes Fred Plotkin.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
An enduring canard in opera histories is that Verdi did not have “much noticeable influence on younger generations of composers.” Four of today's leading young composers suggest otherwise.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
"It might distress Giuseppe Verdi, the great Italian patriot and nationalist, that Egypt's history of European occupation is in partly the fault of his wonderful opera, Aida," writes Nimet Habachy.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Verdi has inspired plenty of flash mob performances – in markets, public squares and department stores. In honor of Verdi's 200th birthday, here's one with particular charm.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.
Friday, October 04, 2013
One of the most remarkable, but least remarked upon, events leading up to this Verdi year has been the release of a series of DVDs called Tutto Verdi that contains every one of his operas.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Why was it necessary for a company that had once presented some 130 performances a season to endure in diminished form? Marion Lignana Rosenberg considers why City Opera still mattered.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
A loss of leadership, mission, a home and visibility all contributed to City Opera's downfall, writes Fred Plotkin. But is it too late for a generous donor to step forward?