• Callas Traviata

    Best Recordings of La Traviata

    La Traviata was, according to Operabase,  the most performed opera worldwide in the 2015-2016 and 2013-2014 seasons. Why is it so popular? Well, there are many reasons for this. The characters in La Traviata might seem somewhat antiquated, but are they actually? No, their story and …

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    Best Recording of Die tote Stadt

    There are certain operas that I adore that simply don’t have a common place in the repertory. Often times with these operas there is only one good recording of the opera (if there’s even one) that I can recommend as a means to try to …

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    Best Recordings of La Forza del Destino

    Last week I presented the best recordings of Le Nozze di Figaro. Mozart’s masterpiece is a perfect, flawless opera. For me, the natural comparison point is to find the perfectly flawed opera. The opera I have found that best fits this bill is La Forza del …

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    Best Recordings of Le Nozze di Figaro

    Le Nozze di Figaro is Mozart’s truly delightful comedic masterpiece. There’s something truly infectious about this opera from the beginning of that famous overture to the sweet surrender of the final ensemble piece. One can’t help but become heavily invested. To the point that we …

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    The Best Recordings of Romeo et Juliette

    I wasn’t initially planning to write today, but since it’s Valentines Day it seemed appropriate to tackle this opera today. Truthfully, I was planning on doing this review next week, as I see it as the perfect parallel for Tosca, for me at least. They’re quite …

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