• Forza

    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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    Sitting Down with Lise Lindstrom

    American soprano Lise Lindstrom is starring in the title role of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot at the San Diego Opera with performances on February 24 and 27, and March 2 and 4, 2018. Carl Tanner sings the tenor role of Calàf and Angel Joy Blue sings …

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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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    The Best Recordings of Tosca

    Puccini’s “shabby little shocker” is considered by many opera aficionados to be one of the most superb combinations of musical brilliance and maudlin melodrama to ever be put on stage. Sprinkled within the score of Tosca is some of the most brilliant musical moments Puccini …

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