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Concerts at Saint Thomas Reveals 2018-19 Season Line-up
Entering into its third season, the Concerts at Saint Thomas has announced its line-up of performances. The season, which opens on Oct. 5, will see the inauguration of the new Miller-Scott Organ, which will be prominently featured throughout the season in a number of different concerts. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and more, including a performance by the famous Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.…
Opera For Beginners
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,…
High Notes On This Day
Five Best Opera Recordings Under the Baton of Benjamin Britten
English composer Benjamin Britten holds a reputation as one of the most prolific figures in 20th-century music. With a massive centennial celebration held worldwide just four years ago, his legacy is still preserved today as opera houses around the world continue to stage his legendary pieces. Britten was born on Nov. 22, 1913, and not a day has gone by where his influence isn’t seen somewhere in the classical music realm.…
In Review Stage Reviews
Oper Frankfurt 2017-18 Review – Peter Grimes: Spellbinding Performance By Vincent Wolfsteiner Leads Fascinating Portrayal of Britten Masterpiece
There may be no more haunting work in opera than Benjamin Britten’s "Peter Grimes," the story of an outsider accused twice of murder by his community. It has been called the greatest British opera that has ever been written by director Keith Warner, who helmed Oper Frankfurt’s current production of this spellbinding work. "Peter Grimes" is based on an early 19th-century poem from a book by Englishman George Crabbe. Britten…
High Notes Pride Month
Pride Month 2017: Remembering the Great LGBT Composers of the Past
This week we continue our celebration of pride month. We've now looked at some of the most popular LGBT operas and commemorated Harvey Milk and Stonewall. Now OperaWire looks at some of the legendary composers in opera and classical music who were part of the LGBT community. Some of these composers were unfortunately never able to be open about their sexuality, while others were very open. Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky's…
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The Two Most Iconic Interpreters of Britten’s ‘Peter Grimes’
Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” had its world premiere on June 7, 1945, and was immediately an operatic success. Hailed as a masterwork, Britten’s most famous opera has been a major staple in almost every opera house around the world. And while there have been numerous tenors that have staked their claim on the role, there are perhaps no artists better associated with the opera than Peter Pears and Jon Vickers.…