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  • Verona – A tale of Romeo and Julia and the two Annas (7/5/2019) by Flamand - Verona – A tale of Romeo and Julia and the two Annas (July 2019) Verona is mainly known for two things: Romeo and Julia and Opera in the Arena of Verona. I went to Verona for the latter: Il Trovatore and Aida in the Arena. Reviews of these later. Arriving in Verona I was struck […]
  • Verdi Nabucco Zürich Opera June 23, 2019 – A Review   (6/24/2019) by Flamand - Verdi Nabucco Zürich Opera June 23, 2019 – A Review  – This review was published by Opera Gazet on June 24, 2019. Nabucco, opera by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. First performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 9 March 1842. Premiere of this production at the Opernhaus Zürich on 23 June 2019. Nabucco: Michael Volle […]
  • Wiener Staatsoper 150 Years – a personal hommage (5/27/2019) by Flamand - The Staatsoper (as it is called in Vienna) has been present in my whole life. Already in the 1940s as a small child I was very much aware of the “Haus am Ring”. I knew the half-ruined building on the Ringstrasse and I was aware that it was going to be rebuilt. In the meantime […]
  • High-tech Opera Videos (5/21/2019) by Flamand - Video has evolved with new and better? techniques in recent years. There is now opera on Blu-ray disc even in 4K resolution. The 3D fad has faded but there are still some three dimensional operas available. You need a TV which supports 3D. AIDA from Verona is a classic performance and 3D adds some new […]
  • Massenet Manon Zürich Opera April 7, 2019 – A Review (4/8/2019) by Flamand - This review was published by Opera Gazet on April 8. 2019 Fotos (Foto: T+T Fotografie Toni Suter) Manon, opéra in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique […]
  • Operas with a special place in my heart (2/13/2019) by Flamand - Sure I love all opera and I love some more than others but there are a few operas which occupy a very special place in my heart. Well, you say how can one choose between great masterworks and prefer one over the other? Is La Traviata better than La Boheme? Do you prefer Otello over […]
  • Opera Movies – an historical overview (2/9/2019) by Flamand - At Opera on Video we distinguish between live performances, opera movies and concert performances. There are hybrids such as semi-staged performances and live performances in a studio. Opera movies are operas filmed in studio and on location to a previously recorded soundtrack. Directors are often quite liberal with music und libretto and cut or add […]
  • Nudity in Opera (2/2/2019) by Flamand - In my youth when I started going to the opera (1950s) topless girls were taboo in newspapers, magazines and even movies. Nudity in opera was quite unthinkable. But things changed very quickly in the 1960s and 70s. With flower power and women’s lib female breasts became quite ubiquitous in all media. It was just a […]

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