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The 14 Greatest Love Duets In Opera
It’s Valentine’s Day, the day to cherish a significant other. Last year we took a cynical look at the holiday, but not this year. Opera is rife with love, almost every single plot in every single work has some communion of two persons in that blissful word. In fact, love in opera has incited just as many battles and tension as anything else. But love has also inspired some of…
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A Survey of Berlioz’s Operas
Hector Berlioz has always stood as a controversial figure in the world of classical music. Born on Dec. 11, 1803, his legacy has been one of confusion for many artists. On one hand, he is seen as an incredible genius, whose music is among the richest ever written, his orchestration revolutionary. Others find his music ambiguous in quality, with only a few moments of genius rising amidst a muddled ocean…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
The Masterpiece of French Opera – Conductor John Nelsons On His Lifelong Relationship & Warner Classics Recording of Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’
Back in 1973, 32-year-old conductor John Nelson took the stage at Carnegie Hall. He was leading his first-ever performance of Berlioz’s monumental opera “Les Troyens.” Little did he know at that moment that the piece could come to become one of the most important of his entire career. “I was a kid back then,” the conductor told OperaWire in a recent interview regarding the conductor’s long association with the Berlioz…
DVD and CD Releases News
CD / DVD Releases – Week of November 20: Joyce DiDonato & Michael Spyres Lead New ‘Les Troyens’
It's Thanksgiving week and that means Black Friday is coming up. While we will have a list of must-buy recordings for the Holiday season later this week, let us focus on the one recording that will be released. Les Troyens  Warner Classics releases one of the most anticipated recordings of the year as John Nelson conducts a star-studded cast. The new Berlioz CD showcases Joyce DiDonato in her first Didon…
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Erato Announces New ‘Les Troyens’ Recording with Joyce DiDonato
Joyce DiDonato's famed interpretation of Didon in Berlioz's "Les Troyens" will get a CD release this fall. The new recording, which will be released by Erato features the full uncut score of the Berlioz masterwork, drawn from two concert performances that took place over the Easter weekend in April 2017 in the Strasbourg, France. The performance is led by conductor John Nelson who has performed the opera more than most conductors over…
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Jessye Norman’s Greatest Opera Roles
Jessye Norman is a singer who defied fach — she sang what she wanted, when she wanted, but more importantly, she took on what felt right for her. In fact, she once stated in her youth that “pigeonholes are only comfortable for pigeons.” And what a blessing it is that she listened to her gut, or else one might not have ever experienced the full genius of her artistry. Born…
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9 Operas You Didn’t Know Nicolai Gedda Performed
Nicolai Gedda was one of opera’s most proficient artists, taking on dozens and dozens of roles throughout his career. For many, Gedda, born on July 11, 1925, will always be associated with the role of “Faust” in Gounod’s famous work, one which he performed hundreds of times, but he also performed a number of roles that one might not associate with him, or many iconic tenors, for that matter. Here…
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Andrea Chénier & Opera’s Greatest Patriotic Revolutionaries
It is the month of revolutions with a number of major countries acquiring their respective independence in the month of July. Just to list some – the United States, France, Algeria, Colombia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Peru, Slovakia, Rwanda, Somalia, and Venezuela. All of these nations and many more claim their independence day during this month. Independence didn’t come for free for many countries but through struggle and firm leadership from…