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Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera revives Hector Berlioz’ truly epic opera, Les Troyens, like clockwork every ten years since it finally the presented the opera in 1973. This is perhaps to atone for ignoring the work since its original premiere a century before in Paris in 1863. Even then, it was in truncated form, with only the second […]

Thomas Adès’ The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera

The young British composer Thomas Adès is one of the most talked-about—and arguably, accomplished—composers today, adept at composing for both the opera house and orchestra hall, conducting his compositions as well as major scores by others. At the podium for the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his second opera The Tempest (heard the 14th November 2012), […]

I due Foscari at L.A. Opera through the 9th October

There will be Verdi…a lot of Verdi…this season. In celebration of the bicentennial of the composer’s birth in 1813, Los Angeles Opera brings us the rarely performed I due Foscari (The Two Foscari, 1844). The libretto is based on Lord Byron’s play of 1821, which in turn is predicated on actual events and characters from 15th-century […]