World of Opera
When it comes to Gluck, reality parries an undeserved insult.
Fitful beginnings lead to a blockbuster career
A seemingly ageless star in his first performance of a timeless role
Verdi’s drama about doomed romance and a wealthy crook who seems to get away with murder is a hot-blooded, somewhat messy affair. Yet the opera features an array of brilliant musical numbers, including arias tailored for its first leading lady, the legendary soprano Jenny Lind.
The savvy "Italian girl" turns the tables, rescuing her own rescuers
Italian opera gets a taste of the Scottish highlands