Mother’s Opera Star: Tito Schipa

Mother’s Opera Star: Tito Schipa

  I was born in Highland Park, Illinois in 1934 and lived my childhood in the little town of Ravinia, Illinois, just down the hill on Clavey Road and just over a mile from the south/west entrance to the famed Rivinia Opera now named the Ravinia Festival. This was the North Shore of Chicago ...

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Song of the Indian Guest

Song of the Indian Guest

Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Born into an aristocratic family, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was educated at a naval college in St. Petersburg and sailed the world as a naval officer. While still a naval officer, he was composing music and was part of a group ...

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Lauri-Volpi’s debut as Manrico

Lauri-Volpi’s debut as Manrico

The troubadour is the most aristocratic, lyrical and romantic figure of the Middle Ages. It captivated the young Lauri-Volpi in his salad days at La Sapienza university, while reading modern literature and the influence the troubadours’ western art had on romantic opera of 1800. ...

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Tenor Paul Asciak passed away

Tenor Paul Asciak passed away

Celebrated Maltese tenor Paul Asciak passed away last night. His famous student, Joseph Calleja, wrote on Facebook ...

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Opera & Poison

Opera & Poison

Veleno (poison) in opera is a sure mechanism to vary the plot and resolve the drama, which succumbs frequently to the knife, firearm and blood (i.e. Tosca act II and La Forza del destino act I). A good portion of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia is based on such mechanism. Donizetti’s ...

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Heroic tenors in Verdi

Heroic tenors in Verdi

Verdi is personified melodrama and heroic tenors in Verdi’s operas are vehicles driven by the genius of Busseto to portray human life, better still human drama. The plots border on exaggeration and absurdity, at times. The acts are as brief as necessary to maximise dramatic effects. In melodrama, ...

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Decker’s Traviata

Decker’s Traviata

Rarely has an operatic production caused as much furor as the 2005 Salzburg Festival production of La Traviata. Desperate opera aficionados wrote blank checks in hopes of securing black-market tickets to the opening performance. Applied to a piece with a history of lavish costumes and sets, the ...

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  • Tito Schipa

    Mother’s Opera Star: Tito Schipa

      I was born in Highland Park, Illinois in 1934 and lived my childhood in the little town of Ravinia, Illinois, just down the hill on Clavey Road and just over a mile from the south/west entrance to the famed Rivinia Opera now named the …

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    Richard Tucker remembered

    That was my seven year old son’s critique of Richard Tucker’s performance in Carmen; it was his first exposure to the great American tenor. Tucker had sung Don Jose in his customary style. Wonderful singing combined with ham (what my son meant by “noble”) acting. He had mastered every operatic cliché – fist on the breast, fist shaking, galumphing around the stage like Frankenstein’s monster. He could have run Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks. When Tucker performed with Zinka Milanov, which was often, they could have cornered the world’s prosciutto market. But what voices! The rest didn’t matter.

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Song of the Indian Guest

Ilya Repin - Sadko

Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Born into an aristocratic family, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was educated at a naval college in St. Petersburg and sailed the world as a naval officer. While still a naval officer, he was composing music and was part of a group

Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix

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Saint-Saëns – like Berlioz, is one of a rare breed – a French composer who does not owe his success to opera. His father was a civil servant who died from consumption when the boy was only a few months old which meant that he was brought up by his mother and his Great-Aunt and it was she who encouraged his musical talent. He was a child prodigy in every sense and soaked up knowledge like a sponge. By the time he was three he had learned to read and write and by the time he was eight he had some mastery of Latin and was well on his way to being a multi-faceted intellectual. He Saint-Saëns – like Berlioz, is one of a rare breed – a French composer who does not owe his success to opera. His father was a civil servant who died from consumption when the boy was only a few months old which meant that he was brought

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