On This Day: A Look At The Metropolitan Opera’s 8 Elviras in ‘I Puritani’

On Jan. 24, 1835 Bellini premiered his final opera, “Puitani.” Despite being beloved for its  beautiful melodies and incredible coloratura challenges, the opera is {…}

Remembering Roberta Peters’ Genius Through Her Tremendous Artistic Courage in Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’

Roberta Peters’ passing on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 was a rough day for the opera community. The soprano, who had such a memorable career at the Metropolitan, was an artist like {…}

On This Day: A Look At The Opera Roles Katia Ricciarelli and Pilar Lorengar Shared

On Jan. 16 two of opera’s legendary sopranos will celebrate their birthdays. Pilar Lorenagr, who died in 1996 and Kata Ricciarelli. Both sopranos were recognized for their versatility and immense repertoire. While Ricciarelli focused on the Bel Canto and lyric repertoire, Lorengar delved into Mozart’s demanding works and sang multiple Wagner repertoire. She was also an expert in Zarzuela. As {…}

Artist of the Week: Angela Meade Continues Her Exploration In Early Verdi With ‘Stiffelio’

The Verdi and Bel Canto repertoire has some of the most challenging music for soprano. It requires flexibility in the voice as well as high and low testitura. Coloratura runs are {…}