The Nontraditional Beginnings of Tenors Mario Filippeschi & Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna and Mario Filippeschi were both born on June 7, the former in 1963 and the latter in 1907. Starting half a century apart, the two tenors took a similar {…}

Artist Of The Week: Lianna Haroutounian Set To Conquer Hamburg State Opera In Her House Debut As ‘Madama Butterfly’

The title role in “Madama Butterfly” is one that many sopranos, both past and present, have made their own. Lianna Haroutounian is among the artists on that list and this week she reminds audiences why as she brings her acclaimed portrayal of Cio-Cio-San to the Hamburg State Opera in her house debut. The Armenian soprano recently performed the work in San {…}

What Do Cecilia Bartoli & Fedora Barbieri Share In Common?

Fedora Barbieri and Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-sopranos born on June 4, could not be more diametrically opposed from a vocal standpoint. Unlike the past few articles showcasing two {…}

Edward Elgar’s Unfinished Opera ‘The Spanish Lady’

We know the Enigma Variations. We know the Cello and Violin Concertos. We know his symphonic works. But we never got to hear a full opera from Edward Elgar, born on June 2, {…}