Operation Opera

20th and 21st Century Operas on Q2

Given the theme of this week's Nadia Sirota on Q2, we will not be including on-demand audio. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Opera is so genius. The ritual of attending such a spectacle assuages all of my liturgical impulses. The stories are massive, bizarre and unwieldy, the logistics are impossible, the music over-the-top. This holiday week, we are going to delve deep into 20th and 21st century opera, listening to some wonderful, large-scale works.

My first opera at the Met was Lulu, Berg's opera about a lady who controls everyone she meets via her rabid sexuality, before she's offed by Jack the Ripper, which I attended for music history class. The experience was so unbelievably fun that to this day I'll defend Lulu as by far the best thing ever of all time. Also that orchestra sounds insane.

So join me this week for operas of all stripes! Be prepared as featured operas include Einojuhani Rautavaara's The House of the Sun, Steve Reich's The Cave, Michael Nyman's Love Counts, Aarre Merikanto's Juha, John Adams' Nixon in China, Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar and many many more!

What is your favorite opera of the past 100 years? Maybe we can still fit it into the programming!

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Comments [9]

Alan from Astoria


Dec. 24 2010 12:17 PM

Sorry, not for me.

Dec. 24 2010 12:11 PM

DEATH IN VENICE, Jamie, good choice!

Dec. 22 2010 02:00 PM
Jamie from Brooklyn

I remember being absolutely blown away by a performance of Prokofiev's Fiery Angel. And ditto for Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. But Britten's Death in Venice might be my favorite, for now.

Dec. 22 2010 11:22 AM

Try Bohusalv Martinu: opera "Julietta".
(based on a play by Neveux)...

Dec. 22 2010 12:38 AM

In fact, speaking of Menotti, there's always AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, if the holidays are really getting to you. :-)

Dec. 21 2010 02:02 PM

Menotti's THE MEDIUM is pretty not bad. :-) Great theme for the week. I'm in my Viking helmet.

Dec. 20 2010 03:16 PM
Devon Estes

John Musto's "Volpone" and "Later the Same Evening" are good, and FUNNY! Not many people write great comedy these days...

Also, the sadly overlooked operas of Franz Schreker could use some love.

Dec. 20 2010 01:15 PM
Steven Patterson from Catskill, NY

Some favorite 20th Century operas? Henze's THE BASSARIDS and LA CUBANA & Judith Weir's HEAVEN ABLAZE IN HIS BREAST.

Dec. 20 2010 01:08 PM

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