World of Opera
The first of this quarter's three shows from Vienna, Halévy's drama premiered at the Paris Opéra in 1835 in what may then have been the most extravagant opera production in history, complete with lavish, period costuming and a phalanx of onstage equestrians.
Unconditional devotion overcomes a legendary curse
Bellini takes on 'Romeo and Juliet' -- without the help of Shakespeare
Otto Nicolai, a rival of Verdi, takes on Shakespeare's Falstaff
A masterpiece that blurs lines, and shatters barriers.
Giordano's masterpiece is a fervent portrayal of unsettled times
A steamy drama skips town to escape finicky censors
A fiery moment from history becomes an epic opera
Bizet's 'other' opera: overshadowed, yet often overwhelming
Strauss and Hofmannsthal create a masterful, musical mashup