Category Archives: opera

OPERA NIGHT

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TUTTA VERDI

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HANDEL’S AGRIPPINA

Joyce DiDonato, in the title role, was dressed for a funeral, and conductor Harry Bicket got to play a harpsichord solo in a sleazy mob bar, but other than those and other aberrations, the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Handel’s Agrippina … Continue reading

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RING CYCLE

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BRIDGE WORK

(Chicago, Illinois) We took the train to Chicago yesterday to trip the lights fantastic, and, in the process of our procession, we proceeded along the South Branch of the Chicago River and thus got to see some superb spans.  To … Continue reading

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BIG WALK ON CAMPUS

(UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME) After enjoying a delayed broadcast of the Met Opera’s Madama Butterfly at the Browning Cinema on Sunday, we three took a stroll around campus, paying particular attention to the Hayes Sculpture Park along Angela Boulevard.

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OPERATIC DAY AT NOTRE DAME

(Browning Cinema, Indiana) What better weather for an afternoon at the Met HD Live broadcast of Massenet’s tragic opera, MANON, than cold, driving rain?  None, really, and the Notre Dame campus was shrouded in mist as we trudged from the … Continue reading

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THANKS FOR ALL THE OPERAS

(University of Notre Dame, Indiana) We concluded our 2018-19 Met Opera HD Live season on Saturday by being mesmerized by Poulenc’s soul-searing opera, Dialogues des Carmélites.  We wept as the Carmelites walked singing towards the guillotine of the French Revolution, … Continue reading

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LIGHTING THE WAY

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OPERATIC DAY AT NOTRE DAME

We had a truly operatic day Saturday as the big thaw moved in and the Metropolitan Opera broadcast a live performance of Bizet’s Carmen to the Browning Cinema on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and other lesser … Continue reading

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THE SNOW MUST GO ON

It was just beginning to snow as we went into the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame Saturday to enjoy Franceso Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with dueling sopranos, Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili.  And … Continue reading

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OPERATIC WARMTH ON A WINTRY DAY

The University of Notre Dame is not about to award us honorary degrees in music, but said university certainly rewards us with high-quality broadcasts of the Met Opera Live in HD series, beginning with our second full season at the … Continue reading

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DE-LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS

University of Notre Dame, Indiana)  After thoroughly enjoying the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Verdi’s timeless tragedy, La Traviata, at the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with our friends Arthur and Joe, we sallied for to Costco … Continue reading

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GAME ON!

(University of Notre Dame) We went Saturday to the home of the Fighting Irish to see Puccini’s spaghetti-western-opera, La Fanciulla del West, at the Browning Cinema, and then, after the final curtain, we took a walk around campus, and what … Continue reading

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