Black History Month 2017: The Black Singers Dominating the Opera World Today

It is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of the black community and how they have affected change around the world in all areas. The opera world is no {…}

On This Day: Remembering An Exemplary But Often Overlooked Lady Macbeth Interpreter

Name your favorite Lady Macbeth from Verdi’s opera. Go ahead. I bet many of you threw around the name Maria Callas. Or Leonie Rysanek, Shirley Verrett or in modern times Anna {…}

On This Day: Sopranos Who Have Conquered Mozart’s ‘Così Fan Tutte’ and Strauss’ ‘Der Rosenkavalier’

On Jan. 26 two operas had their premieres and are now part of the standard repertoire.  The first opera was Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” in 1790 and the second was Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” in 1911. Both operas are from different periods and completely different in style, but they have one in common. Many Mozartian singers who take on one opera, wind {…}

On This Day: How Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’ Differs With Disney’s Iconic ‘Cinderella’ Adaptations

On Jan. 25, 1817 Rossini premiered one of his most famous works, “La Cenerentola.” The opera, which is based on the classic tale of Cinderella, has become a vehicle {…}