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    Cavalleria Rusticana: an alternative analysis

    Whether you see it for the first time or the twenty first time, my warped account may make it … well … different for you.

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  • Jonas Kaufmann

    Jonas Kaufmann’s First Andrea Chénier in London

    On January 20 The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden mounted its first new production in 30 years of Giordano’s opera Andrea Chénier. The reason for the opera’s reappearance was…

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  • Richard Wagner

    Anything but Wagner

    No great composer induces passion the way Richard Wagner does. Knowledgeable opera goers seem to be divided into warring camps, vigorously campaigning for and against the art of the egomaniac of Bayreuth. In 50 years of opera going I have endured harangues beyond number intended to convince reluctant audiences that Wagner’s music is great and that they should surrender to its greatness.

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  • Doing Nothing

    Doing Nothing

    The music in Grollman’s life was music. He came to it gradually towards the end of high school via the one dollar recordings of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky issued under orchestral aliases; a final effort to milk a last profit from out of date pressings. The sound was ghastly, the performances problematical, but the music was there nonetheless. He didn’t listen to opera, more by accident than design.

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  • Tito Schipa

    Mother’s Opera Star: Tito Schipa

    The gentleman told her that he was an Italian tenor and was singing at Ravinia. He said he was going on to the Met in New York and then on to California. He was worried about his dog and said the trip would be to hard on his beautiful collie and would Mother take the dog and give…

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