• Lauri-Volpi 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

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

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  • Meyerbeer's L'africaine

    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 …

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  • Carlo Bergonzi, Aida

    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 maximize…

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    Is barihunk a fach?

    Of all the fads that have developed recently in the opera world, I have to admit that the emergence of barihunks is one of my favorites. What exactly is a barihunk?  It’s exactly what it sounds like: a hunky baritone.  According to the original website, …

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