Monthly Archives: April 2014

Così Fan Tutte in HD

Tweet Mozart’s discourse on infidelity in the guise of an opera was presented as the penultimate broadcast of this season’s HD telecasts from the Met. Much was made by Renée Fleming in her introduction and interviews about how to regard this opera about the inconstancy of women in the 21st century. It seems to me that in…


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Suor Angelica

Tweet The second of the three one act operas first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918, Suor Angelica used to be the least performed of the Trittico operas. But it recently has gained in popularity. It now ranks 65 in frequency of performance of operas throughout the world. Like most of Puccini’s less performed…


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Paris, Puccini, and Impressionism

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Tweet The following video by GiorgioFH is a brilliant compilation of French impressionist art set to the music of Puccini – specifically La Rondine and Crisantemi. Be sure to watch it full screen. Mr FH deserves a solo bow. Another reminder that Puccini was a giant of art.


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La Boheme in HD 2014

Tweet La Boheme was performed at the Met and televised in high definition on April 5, 2014. This was the 1256th time Puccini’s masterpiece of the quotidian was staged by the company. Anita Hartig was scheduled to sing Mimi, but she was felled by the flu. Her replacement was Kristine Opolais who had sung the title…


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