Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” based on Friedrich Schiller’s play, is an epic opera, a love story and father-son conflict set during the Spanish Inquisition.
Jonas Kaufmann has certainly won the genetic sweepstakes. He has a unique tenor voice, powerful with a baritonal quality and explosive high notes.
“Parsifal,” Richard Wagner’s last opera, had its debut in 1882 at the Bayreuth Festival house. Instead of calling the work an opera, he called it “a festival play for [...]
Donizetti’s 1834 opera, based on Schiller’s play “Mary Stuart,” is about the conflict between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
“Turandot” was Puccini’s last opera, unfinished at his death and completed by Franco Alfano.
While men may be the warriors in the epic opera, women clearly dominate the Met’s performance of Hector Berlioz’s “Les Troyens”—a revival of Francesca Zambello’s 2003 [...]
In real life, a drama queen can be a pain in the neck, but Joyce DiDonato “Drama Queens” is pure delight.
Verdi’s librettist Antonio Somma based his script on an actual assassination at a masked ball.
Regicide seems the hot topic at the Metropolitan Opera this season.
Some great operas take time to achieve popularity with audiences and critics. For example, Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” initially received hostile reviews and a lack of [...]