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Report From Bad Wildbad – Opera, Spas and Black Forest Cake
Bad Wildbad is one of the least probable stations on the European summer festival circuit. Small, relatively nondescript and poorly accessible, the spa town in the Black Forest once welcomed Gioachino Rossini when he was seeking cures for his many
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A Worthwhile Wait of 180 Years
Mercadante’s Il Proscritto Brought to Life by Opera Rara
Music lovers often wonder how a 19th century audience would experience an opera during its absolute first performance, without the benefit of extensive written plot summaries, YouTube videos and CDs to prepare for the music, or Wikipedia guides to pinpoint
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I Lombardi at La Fenice in Venice
For the music obsessed, no visit to la Serenissima would be complete without an evening at the opera. Venice’s legendary Teatro La Fenice opera house, reopened in 2004 after the catastrophic fire of 1996, was resplendent with its riotously colourful
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Producer and Evil Henchman: Rossini’s L’inganno felice
An Interview With Martin Ng
We caught up with Martin Ng the other day when he was in the middle of rehearsals for Rossini’s L’inganno felice (The Blissful Deception), which will make its appearance in Singapore in early March. He talked about the founding of
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Pizzi Party: Moïse et Pharaon at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro
Every year, especially during Covid, one must ask oneself if it is worthwhile to make the arduous trip to the poorly connected Adriatic town of Pesaro for the Rossini Opera Festival. This year, after a reduced 2020 program, the ROF
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One night only: I due Foscari in Aix-en-Provence
For one night only, the Festival in Aix-en-Provence put on Verdi’s early opera, I Due Foscari. Staging this lesser known work with its unlikely story devoid of much dramatic development, the choice of a concert version was a good one.
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Metro to Nowhere for Music From the Heavens
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Aix-en-Provence’s longstanding summer music festival commands a somewhat inconspicuous position in the European landscape of music festivals. While the Festspiele dominate Salzburg during the summer months, the performances in the arena define Verona during their season, and Bayreuth pulsates during
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A Zoom Opera
“It truly is a show that is utterly current and one where you want to know what happens next.” Over the weekend, the Janiec Opera at the Brevard Music Center did an experiment in producing opera in a new format:
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