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A Splendid Trovatore

Today I went to the Met movie and saw Verdi’s Il Trovatore in an HD simulcast. It was done with such perfection that I’ll remember it as a high point in the whole of my opera-going experience. If the Maestro … Continue reading

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Nixon In China – A Real Wow!

Nixon in China was a real WOW experience.  I loved the orchestral music and I think you would have, too.  The composer is John Adams, written in 1986-87, in a very minimalist style, really great. It would have two rhythms … Continue reading

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Don Carlo: Dangerous Times on a Grand Scale

  The MetOpera simulcast of Don Carlo on Saturday was bigger than big!  Big political issues (authority vs. liberty), high stakes (your life), high drama (loyalty, love, frustration, heretics burning), and grand scale (Six leading characters, big orchestra, huge chorus). … Continue reading

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To Cross the Face of the Moon Goes Straight to the Heart

A Mariachi Opera?  I was very curious, so I took myself over to the small and beautifully renovated theatre space at Talento Bilingüe de Houston on Jensen Drive on Saturday night. Houston Grand Opera (HGO) commissioned the truly bilingual opera … Continue reading

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Vivaldi’s Montezuma: What a Trill!

Antoine Plante  For one night only the spirited opera rarity Montezuma was presented in concert version by Mercury Baroque. Antonio Vivaldi composed the piece in 1733, but it was lost until 2002 when it was discovered in Berlin.  The sound … Continue reading

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Rice’s L’incoronazione di Poppea Admired by Arts Nerd

It just dawned on me recently that I am an arts nerd. I alert my Facebook friends when I have a new blog post, and I can just see them rolling their eyes – there she goes again –waxing on … Continue reading

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Boris Godunov: Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown

MetOpera live in HD transmitted the opera Boris Godunov live from the Metropolitan Opera stage in New York to movie theaters around the world on Saturday, October 23.  The audience was anticipating something great after all the positive press this … Continue reading

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