The Operas That Christa Ludwig & Teresa Berganza Sang in Common

On the surface, Christa Ludwig and Teresa Berganza have nothing in common, aside from the fact that they were born on the same day, March 16, and were two of the greatest {…}

Artist Of The Week: Klaus Florian Vogt Returns To The Metropolitan Opera After A Decade

Klaus Florian Vogt is regarded as one of the most sought-after Wagnerian tenors his generations. He has marveled audiences with his intense lyricism and his commitment to each {…}

How Rigoletto’s ‘La Donna e Mobile’ Has Dominated Pop Culture

It is arguably the most misogynistic piece in all of opera, its text essentially calls women “fickle” and “small-minded.” And yet everyone revels in its sumptuous melody {…}

Lorenzo Da Ponte’s ‘Other’ Works Not Named ‘Le Nozze di Figaro,’ ‘Don Giovanni’ or ‘Così Fan Tutte’

Lorenza da Ponte, born on March 10, 1749, is best known for three collaborations he had with Mozart. Those operas, “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Don Giovanni” and “Così Fan Tutte” stand as some of the greatest in the repertoire, not only because of Mozart’s great music, but also as a result of Da Ponte’s brilliant dramatic skills. But the librettist {…}

A Look Back At Anja Harteros & Jonas Kaufmann’s Remarkable Operatic History As Duo Reunites for ‘Andrea Chénier’

This weekend audiences in Munich will get a chance to experience the dynamic duo that is Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros in Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier.” Kaufmann likely needs no introduction, the tenor arguably the most popular of his voice type in the entire universe. Harteros deserves equal praise, her dramatic soprano a superb instrument that is simply unmatched in the {…}