Despite smart and sensitive phrasing choices throughout and a thorough, unique characterization, Ana Maria Martinez couldn’t quite bring herself to the climactic high notes at the heart of Butterfly’s arias.
Despite the initial curiosity of recreating the same production that was seen at the opera’s premiere in 1900, the Tosca that arrived at the Rose Theater this week seemed an odd successor to a company that prided itself on artistic innovation on every level.
The problem that lies in many Met performances of Tosca is that they have made the extraordinary painfully ordinary.
In the libretto to one of Puccini’s most popular operas, Tosca, the action is set on July 17th (And the dawn on July 18th). Since today is the 17th, I thought I would send you happy opera people some fun videos and pictures, all relating to Tosca. Happy Tosca Day! First, is a 15 minute […]
Hello opera fans, Many of you are probably celebrating Christmas tomorrow, and that makes tonight Christmas Eve. Regardless of how and where you spend Christmas Eve, my favorite Christmas Eve tradition is snuggling up in my bed and watching the NYC Ballet/Balanchine Nutcracker, followed by the first two acts of Puccini’s La Boheme after the […]
Today we celebrate great composer Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini’s 154th birthday. Puccini is probably my favorite composer and while he isn’t considered a “genius”, his music still has the power to touch everyone in every way. In the spirit of Christmas, I have included a video of the 2008 Live in HD […]