World of Opera

By Bruce Scott

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.

 

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Unconditional devotion overcomes a legendary curse

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Bellini takes on 'Romeo and Juliet' -- without the help of Shakespeare

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Granados pairs with Puccini in a colorful double feature from Turin

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Otto Nicolai, a rival of Verdi, takes on Shakespeare's Falstaff

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A masterpiece that blurs lines, and shatters barriers.

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A 'bel canto' classic boasting one of opera's most challenging roles

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A seemingly charmed life turns tragic, in Rossini's early masterpiece

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Giordano's masterpiece is a fervent portrayal of unsettled times

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Expect the unexpected from Bellini's mysterious 'Stranger'

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A steamy drama skips town to escape finicky censors

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One of literature's all-time greats is a rarity at the opera

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A fiery moment from history becomes an epic opera

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Bizet's 'other' opera: overshadowed, yet often overwhelming

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Strauss and Hofmannsthal create a masterful, musical mashup

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