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
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.
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