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A GREAT SMALL OPERA COMPANY – Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society

Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society A guest blog by Liz Kiger Homepage The brain child of soprano/violinist Liz Kiger, this chamber group is focused on bringing historically informed performance practice of lesser known and lesser produced Baroque repertoire to its NYC audience in an affordable, intimate, and unique setting while simultaneously providing resume enhancing performance opportunities […]

Opera in and from Mongolia

Opera in Mongolia? What sounds very exotic, really is not, considering history and development over decennia, if not centuries. In recent years several great singers have emerged from Mongolia, won competitions and began world careers. Mongolians are incredible singers, with traditions dating back many centuries. Their famous throat singing creates multiple pitches simultaneously. It requires […]

Opera Magazines in Print

We have become used to get news, reviews and information about opera from the Internet. We have almost forgotten about the printed magazines which were our only source of information just one generation ago. But there are still many printed Opera magazines available. Here is a list with links, examples and some comments: Opera (English […]

FULL 94 Great Performances from the Ed Sullivan Show USA 1948 – 1971 Corelli Nilsson Tebaldi Sutherland Moffo Tucker Merrill

94 Great Performances from the Ed Sullivan Show USA 1948 – 1971 with Franco Corelli, Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson, Anna Moffo, Mario del Monaco, Giuseppe di Stefano, Juss Björling, Robert Merrill, Regina Resnik, Lauritz Melchior, Jan Peerce, Cesare Siepi, Cesare Valetti, Dorothy Kirsten, Rise Stevens, Eileen Farrell, Eleanor Steber, Leontyne Price, Lily Pons, […]

Famous Young Opera Singers

Nowadays I often read about young opera singers having their international breakthrough and becoming famous. For example Lise Davidsen and Benjamin Bernheim. But these singers are already around age 35. Today it seems, singers are trained in their twenties, start their international career around thirty, and perhaps become famous in their mid thirties. It has […]

CueTV – A Great Opera Streaming site

There are many opera video streaming sites on the Internet today But CueTV is in a class of its own and can be recommended fully. CueTV Website It offers more than 380 operas to view at a great subscription price CueTV on OperaonVideo CueTVs price/performance is excellent Depending on your location subscription is from 5€ […]

Controversial Opera Staging

CONTROVERSIAL OPERA STAGING More and more opera enthusiasts are complaining vehemently about “modern” opera staging. Opera directors transport the action to different places and times, and rewrite the story. They also use very explicit visuals including violence and nudity. But if you think controversial opera performances are something new and in our time only – […]

EDITA GRUBEROVA 1946-2021 in memoriam by Sonia van der Graaf

EDITA GRUBEROVA 1946-2021 Legendary Slovak Soprano, Edita Gruberova was born on December 23, 1946 in Bratislava, then part of Czechoslovakia, and died on October 18, 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland. A brilliant career, she conquered the world in a few years with unforgettable roles. The beginning in life is difficult but that allowed her not to […]

Il Trovatore Zurich October 24, 2021 Beczala Rebeka Kelsey

IL TROVATORE by Giuseppe Verdi Opernhaus Zürich, October 24, 2021 Luna Quinn Kelsey Leonora Marina Rebeka Azucena Agnieszka Rehlis Manrico Piotr Beczała Ferrando Robert Pomakov Ines Bożena Bujnicka Ruiz Omer Kobiljak Conductor Gianandrea Noseda Director Adele Thomas Stage and Costume Design Annemarie Woods Lighting Design Franck Evin Chorus Master Janko Kastelic Choreography Emma Woods This […]

A Wonderful Opera Day in Zurich with Salome and Tosca

A Wonderful Opera Day in Zurich with Salome and Tosca Like all opera houses worldwide Zurich Opera got hit by the pandemic in March 2020. They tried to still have some performance with a reduced audience and they employed some very innovative techniques. The orchestra and chorus were placed in a rehearsal hall some hundred […]

Opera and Animated Movies – an Overview

Opera and Animated Movies – an Overview I already explored the great relationship of opera and movies in several blogs. But there is a very interesting special case: Opera and Animated Movies. It seems that animators are often attracted to opera, opera music and opera stories. There are very few complete operas which have been […]

OPERA and SILENT MOVIES – an overview

Opera and Silent Movies At first it sounds like a contradiction: Opera and silent movies. But actually there is a rich history of opera and silent movies which you probably did not know much about. I will try here to give an overview of this great relationship with many video examples. Silent movies were attracted […]

Placido Domingo at 80 – A personal appreciation

My relationship with Placido Domingo is special: We are almost of the same age. And Placido is the singer which I have seen and heard  in the theater most of all tenors. I became aware of Placido in 1971 when I purchased the LPs with his Don Carlo (Giulini; Caballe, Verrett, Milnes, Raimondi) This tenor […]

COVID OPERA

By now we all know about the enormous impact the Corona pandemic had on opera. All opera houses were closed and some such as the Met will remain closed until mid 2021. But in these dire times the human species showed great resilience and incredible inventiveness. First new forms of performances started to appear. Opera […]

OPERA in Movies – a blog/list

I am a great opera fan as you know. But I am also very fond of movies and I have collected a lot. Opera and movies have always been associated with each other: There are many and great opera films which I have blogged about earlier in Opera Movies – An Historical Overview   And there […]

Opera Gazet – A great website for opera lovers

OPERA GAZET a website with opera reviews Flamand Olivier is a reviewer for Opera Gazet Here is an example of his reviews: Nabucco, Zürich 2019 Flamand says: *This is not only one of the oldest opera review website in Europe – it is also one of the best. It covers all important and significant new […]

Cecilia Bartoli in Iphighénie en Tauride Zürich February 2nd, 2020 – A Review

Iphigénie en Tauride by C.W.Gluck at the Opernhaus Zürich on February 2nd 2020 Iphigénie: Cecilia Bartoli Oreste, her brother: Stephane Degout Pylade, Oreste’s friend: Frederic Antoun Thoas, King of Tauris: Jean-Francois Lapointe Diane: Birgitte Christensen Femme grecque: Katia Ledoux Orchestra La Scintilla Chor of the Opera Zürich Conductor: Gianluca Capuano Staging: Andreas Homoki On Sunday, […]

La Cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli in Zürich Dec 31, 2019 – a review

La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini Opernhaus Zürich performance of Decemeber 31, 2019 Angelina La Cenerentola Cecilia Bartoli Don Ramiro Javier Camarena Dandini Oliver Widmer Don Magnifico Alessandro Corbelli Tisbe Lileana Nikiteanu Clorinda Martina Jankova Alidoro Stanislav Vorobyov There is no recording of this performance. You can view other recording excerpts with Bartoli here. Or watch […]

Die Tote Stadt Munich 2019 – Review

Die Tote Stadt – A great psychothriller – but no city Performance on November 26, 2019 Bayerische Staatsoper Munich This review was also published on OperaGazet Here is a video (excerpt, documentary, interview) about the performance Paul                     Jonas Kaufmann Marietta/Marie    Marlis Petersen Frank/Fritz           Andrzej Filonczyk Brigitta                 Jennifer Johnston Juliette    […]
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