Thursday, August 7, 2014

Popular 20th century opera composers

Some of the most popular 20th century opera composers are Puccini and Strauss.

Popular Baroque opera composers

Some of the most popular Baroque period opera composers are Handel, Rameau, and Lully.

Popular Classical opera composers

Some of the most popular Classical period opera composers are Mozart, Gluck, and Rossini.

Popular Romantic opera composers

Some of the most popular Romantic period opera composers are Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, Bellini, Wagner, and Verdi.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Arias

I listed some arias I like.

Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß - by Lehár
L'arlesiana: È la solita storia del pastore - by Cilea
La bohème: O soave fanciulla - by Puccini
Samson and Delilah: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - by Saint-Saëns

The Berlin Concert

The Berlin Concert

The Berlin Concert is a 2006 concert from the Waldbuhne amphitheatre in Berlin, Germany. With over 20,000 fans, it features soprano Anna Netrebko, tenor Rolando Villazón, and tenor Plácido Domingo. Some of my favorite performances are L'arlesiana: "È la solita storia del pastore" (Domingo), Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro" (Netrebko), "Júrame" (Villazón), Giuditta: "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (Netrebko), "La danza" (Villazón), and La traviata: "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (Netrebko), (Villazón), (Domingo). The Berlin Concert is an exciting and high energy must see performance for opera fans.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Opera Gala

The Opera Gala

The Opera Gala is a 2007 concert from The Festival Theatre in Baden-Baden, Germany. It features soprano Anna Netrebko, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, baritone Ludovic Tézier, and tenor Ramón Vargas. Some of my favorite performances are L'elisir d'amore: "Una furtiva lagrima" (Vargas), Samson and Delilah: "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" (Garanza), La bohème: "O soave fanciulla" (Vargas), (Netrebko), Giuditta: "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (Netrebko), "La danza" (Vargas), and the Carmen: "Toreador Song" (Tézier). This is a must see show for all opera fans.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mexico opera houses

A famous opera house in Mexico is the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

Cuba opera houses

Some famous opera houses in Cuba are the Great Theatre of Havana in Havana, and the Sauto Theater in Matanzas.

Canada opera houses

Some famous opera houses in Canada are the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario, and the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Denmark opera houses

A famous opera house in Denmark is the Copenhagen Opera House in Copenhagen.

Austria opera houses

Some famous opera houses in Austria are the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) in Vienna, and the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg.

Japan opera houses

A famous opera house in Japan is the New National Theatre (NNTT) in Tokyo.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Australia opera houses

Some famous opera houses in Australia are the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, and His Majesty's Theatre in Perth.

Monday, July 9, 2012

U.S. opera houses

Some famous opera houses in U.S. are the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan, New York, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

France opera houses

Some famous opera houses in France are the Palais Garnier in Paris, and the Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropole in Metz.

Argentina opera houses

Some famous opera houses in Argentina are Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and Teatro Argentino de La Plata in La Plata.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Anna Bolena was first performed in 1830. Will King Henry the VIII spare his wife Anna Bolena after he accusses her of being unfaithful? King Henry's wife, played by soprano Anna Netrebko has great singing along with Elina Garanca. The costumes for the opera are stunning. This opera was performed in 2011 at the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Handel: Admeto

Handel: Admeto

Admeto was first performed in 1727. It is one of my favorite Handel operas. Who will Admeto choose? Alceste or Antigona? All of the performance are great, including Tim Mead who plays the King, Kirsten Blaise, who plays Antigona, and Marie Arnet who plays Alceste. This opera was performed in 2009 at the Deutsches Theater in Germany.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly was first performed in 1904. It is one of the most performed operas today. The story is set in 1904 in Nagasaki, Japan. The opera uses Japanese pupperty for the child of Madama Butterfly. Madama Butterfly, played by Patricia Racette, has great singing throughout opera. This opera was performed in 2009 at the Met in New York City, and has very nice set designs and costumes.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lully: Armide

Lully: Armide

Armide was first performed in 1686. It is one of Lully's best operas. Will Armide choose hatred or give in to her feelings of love for Renaud? Armide, played by Stéphanie D'oustrac stands out. Armide also has great set designs and costumes, along with the Baroque music of Lully. This opera was performed in 2008 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Arias

I listed some arias I like.

Carmen: Habanera - by Bizet
Carmen: Toreador Song - by Bizet
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro - by Puccini
L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima - by Donizetti
La bohème: Che gelida manina - by Puccini

Arias

I listed some arias I like.

La traviata: Sempre libera - by Verdi
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile - by Verdi
Searse: Ombra mai fu - by Handel
The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum - by Rossini
Turandot: Nessun dorma - by Puccini

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Handel: Partenope

Handel: Partenope

Partenope was first performed in 1730. The queen Partenope has three men who want to win her over. Who will take her hand in the end? Partenope has a great orchestra. Arsace, played by Andreas Scholl, and Partenope, played by Inger Dam-Jensen stands out. The entire cast is perfect in this very fun to watch opera. This opera was performed at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2008.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

L'elisir d'amore was first performed in 1832. This opera by Donizetti is very popular today. L'elisir d'amore is very funny at times, especially the scenes with the Doctor trying to sell his fake love potion to Nemorino. Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko both have great singing and the orchestra plays very well throughout. L'elisir d'amore has the popular aria "Una furtiva lagrima", sung by Rolando Villazón and is encored. This opera was performed in 2005 at the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lully: Persée

Lully: Persée

One of the best French Baroque operas by Lully, Persée was first performed in 1682. Lully has many operas from this era. Persée has great settings, costumes and music. A few dance scenes are also here. The cast is wonderful, along with the orchestra. This opera was performed in 2004 at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Handel: Alcina

Handel: Alcina

The Baroque opera Alcina was first performed in 1735. Handel has many operas that I like. This opera has good baroque music by Handel and good performances by everyone, especially Catherine Naglestad, who plays the sorceress Alcina. I also liked the set design and interesting plot. This opera was performed in 1999 at the Stuttgart Municipal Opera House in Stuttgart, Germany.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

No operas by Bach

Bach composed a lot of music during the Baroque period, including oratorios, concertos, and masses, but no operas.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Baroque period operas

I listed some Baroque period operas I like.

Acis and Galatea - by Handel
Acis et Galatée - by Lully
Admeto - by Handel
Ariodante - by Handel
Berenice - by Handel
Serse - by Handel
Tolomeo - by Handel