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Opera Abbreviated: La Boheme

Opera Abbreviated (and the Met) present Puccini's La boheme
April 1, 2014

Puccini’s La boheme is the next installment of the Met-live-in-HD-series. See it April 5. Opera Abbreviated that tells you all you need to know, and encourages a good cry.

Opera Abbreviated: TOSCA

Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
November 5, 2013

In this episode of Opera Abbreviated, Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy takes a look at Giacomo Puccini “Tosca” which will appear in movie theaters starting Nov. 9 as a part of The Met’s 2013-14 Live in HD season.

Pulling Strings: Puppet Show Engages Kids with Classical Music

18, 2013

In a push to get kids fired up about classical music, an orchestra and a puppet theater have teamed up to create a puppet show about classical music.

Great Opera in Columbus This Saturday

Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme
Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme
28, 2012

Two magnificent archival broadcasts form the Metropolitan Opera on Classical 101, this Saturday at 1 pm.

Classical dead ringers

15, 2012

It is said that everyone has a doppelganger.  Limelight Magazine has taken it upon themselves to ferret out six of them.  If you have others, let me know! Read Composer look-a-likes:  Classical dead ringers (Limelight Magazine)

OSU Alumna Eugenie Grunewald Puts Drama in Columbus Opera

18, 2012

International operatic mezzo-soprano and Ohio State University alumna Eugenie Grunewald returns to Columbus this week to serve as artistic consultant for Opera Project Columbus’ production of “A Taste of Opera: Scenes from Opera’s Best.” Performances Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. at Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.

The Beautiful Shirley Verrett

4, 2012

It has been said that singers are a dime a dozen. But great singers? Not so much. Mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett was one of the greats. She eventually transitioned into soprano roles, transforming the rich depths of her voice into a velvety, caramel-hued spinto of power and grace. Above, Verrett sings the aria “Vissi d’arte” in [...]

Classic Opera: Tebaldi and Bjorling Sing La Boheme

15, 2011

Someone once said that we’re all embarrassed by Puccini operas, but that many of us would also have to admit that Puccini’s operas are what turned us into opera lovers in the first place. Embarrassed? It’s those long, lush, romantic melodies that make us feel like lovesick teenagers. It’s the faux boheminaism, the faux orientalism, [...]

Opera Singer Performs ‘Tosca’ After Being Shot and Robbed

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Soprano Stafford Hartman sang from a wheelchair in Opera Memphis' production of Puccini's Tosca.
31, 2011

It’s so tough to break in to opera that when you finally do get start getting gigs, you don’t easily let them slip away. Soprano Stafford Hartman didn’t let a shooting and a robbery erase her opportunity to sing in Puccini’s Tosca with Opera Memphis. Three days after being robbed, Hartman sang in the production [...]

Met Opera Announces Summer HD Encore Performances

anna netrebko as norina in donizetti's don pasquale
Anna Netrebko as Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale at the Metropolitan Opera in October 2010.
24, 2011

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced summer encore screenings of six of their HD transmissions from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.