World of Opera

A special effects blockbuster from 18th-century France

Exploitation, extortion and execution, in an opera of enduring beauty

Bellini gives French audiences a lesson in Italian lyricism

Wagner's concise drama gets his immense Ring off to a flying start

A Sprawling Opera with a Highly Personal Theme

In this queasy comedy, love is a less than splendored thing

In this cautionary tale, a long life brings few rewards

An Italian take on Shakespeare, from the era of Verdi

In a colorful, French opera, Prince Hamlet lives to see another day

Familiar ground proves fertile territory for Rossini

A perilous love story that ratchets up the operatic intensity


An Italian master challenges a hit from France

By Bruce Scott

Verdi's relentless drama of politics, passion and revenge demands a top-notch ensemble cast. This production from Geneva delivers, and the Suisse Romande Orchestra shines in what may be Verdi's most famous overture.

by Bruce Scott

Janácek was in his sixties, at an age when many are enjoying retirement, when the surprise success of Jenufa first brought him widespread fame. The opera is an undoubted masterpiece, telling a disturbing, yet strangely inspiring story of multiple betrayals, gruesome murder and ultimate, if unlikely, forgiveness.

Verdi plays a starring role in the Shakespeare Quadricentennial

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