Giacomo Puccini’s life was just as dramatic as his operas—from an illicit affair to a suicide brought about from jealousy and revenge—this opera composer was not dull.
You've probably heard of the curse on Shakespeare's "Macbeth"; but have you ever heard of The Curse of Tristan? And "Tristan and Isolde" is not the only cursed opera!
It's a world of drama, excess, and opulence. Most people today don't take the time to know anything about it, and as a result the grand opera has suffered from stereotypes and disdain. But occasionally, there comes a...
Nowadays, when a lot of people think of opera as something stuffy and old-fashioned and vaguely silly - a fat lady in a horned helmet screeching at the top of her lungs for four hours in a foreign language? I'll pass,...
Verdi was not a Verismo composer; La Traviata is not a Verismo opera; but it is not a Bel Canto opera either. It is, in fact, a bridge between the two movements.
An introduction to the comic opera form as done so masterfully by the late Gilbert and Sullivan. This is a form of opera that can by enjoyed even by people who can't stand traditional 'grand opera.'
The son of small-town tavern keepers, Giuseppi Verdi catches a break when Antonio Barezzi enters his life and sends him off to become one of the most remarkable opera composers in history.
Any list of the greatest anything is based on personal opinion and experience and this one is no different. I have been fortunate enough to hear Pavoratti, Domingo, Careras and Bocelli live. The others are based on my...
After the deaths of his wife and children, 27-year-old Verdi is left to mourn until he composes the opera Nabucco in 1842. He meets his first great success, his second wife and unifies a country.
Whenever an outstanding young tenor comes along he is referred to as "the next Caruso". Enrico Caruso died in 1921 and more than 90 years later, he is still the benchmark by which all other tenors are judged....
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