World of Opera


A Sprawling Opera with a Highly Personal Theme


In this queasy comedy, love is a less than splendored thing


In this cautionary tale, a long life brings few rewards


An Italian take on Shakespeare, from the era of Verdi


In a colorful, French opera, Prince Hamlet lives to see another day


Familiar ground proves fertile territory for Rossini


A perilous love story that ratchets up the operatic intensity

 


An Italian master challenges a hit from France

By Bruce Scott

Verdi's relentless drama of politics, passion and revenge demands a top-notch ensemble cast. This production from Geneva delivers, and the Suisse Romande Orchestra shines in what may be Verdi's most famous overture.

by Bruce Scott

Janácek was in his sixties, at an age when many are enjoying retirement, when the surprise success of Jenufa first brought him widespread fame. The opera is an undoubted masterpiece, telling a disturbing, yet strangely inspiring story of multiple betrayals, gruesome murder and ultimate, if unlikely, forgiveness.


Verdi plays a starring role in the Shakespeare Quadricentennial


Rossini's tragedy beat Verdi to the punch by 70 years


Puccini's final opera -- a masterpiece left incomplete


The "Scottish Play," and Verdi's unique genius for adapting Shakespeare


Handel's spirited contribution to an operatic franchise.

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