Sometimes the greatest act of love is letting go. La traviata follows the life of Violetta who delights in high-class pleasures, but is secretly dying. Will she know about true love before death claims her? Washington’s National Opera launches its 2018–2019 season with a stunning new production of Verdi’s everlasting tale of fate and sacrifice, ren...

Dopo Shakespeare in the Park e le tante iniziative culturali newyorkesi della bella stagione – rigorosamente all’aria aperta -, il 2 luglio anche l’Opera italiana sbarca nell’estate della Grande Mela. La bella cornice di Central Park (Naumburg Bandshell) ospiterà, infatti, i più grandi nomi della lirica made in Italy, con l’obiettivo di incoraggiar...

The Seattle Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Aida” can only be described as opera flexing its muscles. Yes, Aida is unabashed in the spectacle that it offers, but it also knows when to dim the lights, streamline the sets, and focus all its energy on moments of human intimacy. All I knew going in was that “Aida” is an Italian opera that involves a lov...

Set in ancient Egypt, “Aida” is one of those opera classics that has, since its premiere in 1871 at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo, Egypt, wowed audiences and cemented its place in the operatic canon. Adapted from an Italian libretto by Antonia Ghislanzoni, “Aida” was written as an opera in 1870 by Italian operatist Giuseppe Verdi in Italian. I...

Enjoy a highlight of the St. Louis Opera Theatre season with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” May 19 – June 23 at the Loretto-Hilton Center.  In the opera, Violetta has one important rule:  Never fall in love.  She insists on her freedom.  Then she meets Alfredo, and things get complicated.   It’s a Verdi masterpiece and includes the directing debut...

One of the most feared critics in Italian opera is padding around her bedroom in a Milan retirement home, apologising for accepting visitors in stockinged feet. Luisa Mandelli, 95, moves nimbly, speaks fast and has crystal-clear memories of her days as a soprano, singing alongside Maria Callas in Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata at La Scala in 1955. “I...

For Opera Colorado music director Ari Pelto, Giuseppe Verdi's final opera — written when the composer was 79 years old — is more than a comic epilogue to a long career filled with tragic music dramas. "When I ask performers about their favorite Verdi opera, pretty much everybody responds that it is 'Falstaff.' But most donors, board members and cas...

Luisa Miller did not attend “Luisa Miller” at the Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday night, but Falstaff and Un Giorno di Regno did. That is not absurdist nonsense. It is a matter of quotation marks. Keep your eye on them. Luisa Miller, without quotation marks, is a man in his early 60s who works as a nurse in an Italian prison and could not take the...

April 2 (Monday) 6:30 pm. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò - New York University - 24 West 12th Street, Manhattan. Lecture: Of Cold Hands, Blind Eyes, and White Hair: Physical and Psychological Aging in the Operas of Giuseppe Verdi.  Francesco Izzo, University of Southampton, co-director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies at NYU, explores the...

Riccardo Muti thinks about how an afterlife meeting with Giuseppe Verdi would go after spending decades fighting to perform the works of Italy’s greatest composer exactly as written. “My questions to Verdi would be if I did right,” the 76-year-old conductor said. “And if he says that I was wrong, then I will die for a second time.” During a career...