Composer Profile: Giovanni Legrenzi, A Major Venetian Composer of the Late-Barque Era

On August 12th, 1626, the 17th century Venetian composer Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690) was born. Regarded as one of the most important Venetian composers of the late-Baroque era {…}

Opera Meets Film: How Straub & Huillet’s ‘Moses und Aron’ Leaves Us to Our Own Interpretative Devices

Despite Arnold Schoenberg’s (1874-1951) widespread popularity as one of the most important ‘fathers of serialism’ and the person almost solely responsible for ushering in the age of dodecaphony (12-tone technique), his four operas are largely unknown. Despite this, it was Schoenberg’s fourth opera, “Moses und Aron,” which would transform opera forever. No longer constricted by the indulgent attitudes of Italian {…}

Artist of the Week: Catherine Foster

On July 25, the Bayreuth Festival opens with a production of “Tristan und Isolde.” The new production will be directed by Roland Schwab and will star some of the great {…}

Top 10 Most Historic Opera Houses in the World

OperaWire is proud to partner with Appreciate Opera, a website founded by Alkis Karmpaliotis which highlights his passion for opera. Karmpaliotis, an OperaWire contributing {…}

Opera Meets Film: How Andrzej Żuławski’s ‘Boris Godunov’ Shows Past as Prologue

In January 1989, the Polish film director Andrzej Żuławski released his film “Boris Godunov,” a film that cost seven million dollars to create. It featured a live production of the monster opera conducted by the eminent Soviet cellist and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich. The film would re-conceptualize the opera in a mise en abyme (self-reflection) style, layering the operatic performance inside {…}