High Notes On This Day
Operatic Adaptations of Some of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Great Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, born on Nov. 11, 1821, is one of the most influential writers of all time. His works, most famously “Crime and Punishment” and “The Brothers Karamazov,” are best known for their psychological depth and some have gone so far as to call him one of the greatest psychologists of world literature. An ardent Christian, his works have been translated into over 170 languages and adapted into many films.…
Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Prokofiev’s ‘The Gambler’ Heads Worldwide
Prokofiev’s “The Gambler” is next up on the Vienna State Opera’s livestreaming service. The performance, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and run through around 10:15 p.m. Audiences from around the world will get an opportunity to experience the opera from the comfort of their respective homes. This season’s new production will be directed by Karoline Gruber and conducted by Simone Young. It will…
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Opera Profile: Prokofiev’s ‘War & Peace’
Sergei Prokofiev’s operatic output isn’t all that well-known. While small bits from many of his works have made it into the mainstream via different means (a violin transcription of the March from “The Love for Three Oranges, for example), only one opera has passed the test of time, his adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” The opera, which premiered on May 26, 1953, in Florence, is massive, spanning an…