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Butterfly Alights in Guangzhou

I’ve watched many performances of Madame Butterfly since my teens – in Paris, London, Verona –and I must confess that apart from the famous Un bel dì vedremo aria or the Humming Chorus, I get pretty bored if the performance [...] more >>

by Juliette
October 12th, 2012
 
Claude Debussy: The Moon, The Sea; Dreams and Desires

The music of Claude Debussy is evocative. One cannot help but be transported by his subtle shadings of tone color, delicate instrumentations and shimmering melodies. A master at the piano and of orchestration, his name is linked with Impressionism although [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
October 5th, 2012
 
My Father’s Cello

Max Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op.47 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim Jacqueline Du Pre After the Second World War, my parents escaped from their native Hungary to Munich. At that time refugees had to go to Munich in order to [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
August 30th, 2012
 
Attila the Hun, the Merciful

Verdi: Attila The conversation should have gone in another direction. After all, how often are you in the presence of Attila the Hun, and live to tell the story. Instead, when speaking to the legendary Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, all [...] more >>

by Dennis Doubin
August 29th, 2012
 
A Tale of Discovery

It was early 2009 and I was searching for a way to distract my father and myself after the recent death of my mother. My father loved to “talk shop.” Little did I know that I would stumble upon an [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
August 12th, 2012
 
Let there be Music!

Mostly Baroque: Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Conductor: Geoffrey Lancaster, 14/7/2012 Jean-Féry Rebel Les Eléments, “Symphonie Nouvelle” Many moons ago, the pianist Paul Badura-Skoda — already in his early eighties, frail and bent by the ravages of age that made it difficult [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
August 7th, 2012
 
Choir, Chorale, Chorus which is it already…

Opera chorusmaster, a profession steeped in mystery and nuance. An invaluable member of the opera company, he or she is a general training the troops by day and commanding them on the battlefield by night. This is no mere choral [...] more >>

by Dennis Doubin
July 24th, 2012
 
Magical Mozart

If you are into opera, Mozart, and Masonic lore, then Magic Flute is the right fit. What you encounter in San Francisco Opera’s new production of this masterpiece is a tremendous artistic and visual landscape. These ingredients combine to form [...] more >>

by Dennis Doubin
July 2nd, 2012