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Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Bernstein’s “Candide”
Making its premiere on December 1st, 1956, Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” is adapted from a novella of the same name written by the Enlightenment-era philosopher Voltaire. Being a comic operetta, it satirizes the prevailing attitudes of Voltaire’s time, particularly those of the church and of monarchism. Playwright and librettist Lillian Hellman saw clear parallels between the Inquisition of Voltaire’s time and the surge of anti-Communist fervor that was coming from Washington…
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Opera Profile: Britten’s “Billy Budd”
First premiering at the Royal Opera House on December 1st, 1951, Benjamin Britten's “Billy Budd” is based on a novel of the same name by Herman Melville, author of the famed sea-faring story “Moby Dick.” The libretto was by E.M. Forster in collaboration with Eric Crozier. As Britten composed the score for “Billy Budd,” a one-act opera based on the same story was premiered at the 1949 Venice International Festival,…
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Conductor Zubin Mehta On Leave Of Rest Due To Shoulder Operation
Milan’s Teatro alla Scala has announced that conductor Zubin Mehta will be taking a break to rest due to a shoulder operation. He is expected to be on leave for at least three months, requiring La Scala to revise its lineup while he recovers. Conducting a concert of waltzes will instead be Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Covering for Mehta in performances of…
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Pacific Opera Project Announces Inventive 2018 Season Productions
Pacific Opera Project (POP) has announced the productions for its 2018 season, curated by Artistic Director Josh Shaw. Opening the season will be Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in downtown Los Angeles’ The Vortex theater. Featuring food and wine served to 70 tables, this delectable production is said to look like “Dick Tracy” meets “Boardwalk Empire.” POP’s production of “Don Giovanni” will open on April 13, 2018, with performances on the 14t, 20, 21, and 22.…
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Metropolitan Opera Lead Grammy Nominations
The nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards have been announced as of Nov. 28th, 2017. This year’s list of nominees are notable for the inclusion of two works by Austrian composer Alban Berg, as well as the strong presence in the lists from the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Also included in the nominees is Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, whose recent death has sent ripples through the opera world. Among…
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Star Soprano Carol Neblett Dies, Aged 71
Soprano Carol Neblett has passed away as of November 23 2017. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed. Carol was born in Modesto, California, and attended University of California, Los Angeles. She made her debut at the age of 23 in the role of Musetta in “La Bohème.” She performed with City Opera company for the next decade until moving on to the Metropolitan, making her debut as Senta…
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Opera Profile: Janacek’s “Katya Kabanova”
“Katya Kabanova” is considered one of the first “mature” operas composed by Leos Janacek. First premiering on November 23, 1921, the opera is adapted from Alexander Ostrovsky’s play “The Storm,” and is said to be influenced by Janacek’s unrequited love for a woman named Kamila Stosslova, with whom he kept frequent correspondence through letters. Centering on the timeless theme of forbidden love, the opera drew upon Janacek’s experience as a…
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San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2018 Adler Fellowship Recipients
Sheri Greenawald, director of San Francisco Opera Center, announced the eleven recipients of the 2018 Adler Fellowship grant. Choosing promising young talent from the Merola Opera Program, recipients are given advanced training, via individual coaching and professional seminars, and a vast range of performance opportunities. The 2018 group of artists are comprised of eight singers, two pianists, and one director; no doubt all of them will benefit tremendously from this…
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Opera Profile: Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable”
Giacomo Meyerbeer's “Robert le Diable” premiered on November 21, 1831, and is among the first of the grand operas performed at the Paris Opera. Based on tales surrounding Robert the Magnificent, duke of Normandy, which claimed he was the son of the devil, the opera’s supernatural plot and dramatic impact made it an instant success. It had over 100 performances in Paris by April of 1934. Among the many who…
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Opera Profile: Beethoven’s “Fidelio”
“Fidelio” first premiered on Nov. 20, 1805 and is the only opera composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven. While he was originally working with librettist Emanuel Schikaneder, who wrote “The Magic Flute,” difficulties with the composition, as well as the annulment of their contract, freed up Beethoven to work with Joseph Sonnleithner on what would become “Fidelio.” While it remains a point of speculation as to why a composer such as…