Tag Archive | Puccini

Spread Your Wings and Fly: Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera

Spread Your Wings and Fly: Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera

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.

A Tosca Day Celebration!

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 […]

A Christmas Eve Tradition

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 […]

Voices in My Head: Opera Manhattan Festival in Review

Opera Manhattan is in the midst of presenting its third annual Opera Festival. After going to see the triple bill of operas, La Voix Humaine, Suor Angelica, and The Medium-three operas in which the main characters are touched by a voice- presented at the Historic Theater St. Clements, you will be craving to hear more […]

Puccini The Ladies Man

So, in the spirit of La Boheme this week, and Madama Butterfly in December, let’s talk about the celebrated composer Giacomo Puccini.   For all of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Broadcasts, there is a singer in the beginning who tells you who’s singing, director, sets and costumes and the main idea of the […]