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  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]

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