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from the Guardian

A to Z of Wagner: D is for death

Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde - Glyndebourne festival 2007 (Nina Stemme as Isolde and Robert Gambill as Tristan. Jiří Bĕlohlávek conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra).

Our upcoming conference - Love to Death: Transforming Opera - will be themed around Welsh National Opera's performances of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde (seen here) and Puccini's La boheme...

from Slate Magazine

Why Are Opera Singers Hard to Understand? Why Are Opera Singers Hard to Understand?

Montserrat Caballe, soprano, 'Sposa son desprezzata"' from 'Bajazet' (pasticcio), Vivaldi (aria written by Geminiano Giacomelli, for his opera 'La Merope' 1734) Ms. Caballe, besides unbelievable tone, uses a full dynamic range and control especially in the trills (the last is phenomenal). Her emotionally delivery, as a 'spurned wife,' captures the depression without being depressing.


The opera novice: Richard Strauss's Salome - a Biblical family romance

Salome (Angela Denoke) at the Royal Opera House in David McVicar's production of Strausss opera

from Vimeo

Tutto Verdi H264 CMaj Trailer HD 5994i

Tutto Verdi - The Complete 26 Operas -- This is an incredible box set!