Category Archives: Opera

Samson Brings Down The House – at the Met – Part I

Dear Opera Lovers: I have a real treat for you:  Namely, my review of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD transmission of “Samson et Dalila“, the masterpiece by composer Camille Saint-Saëns.  The Met show, which I saw this past Saturday … Continue reading

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Aida: Epilogue With Happy Ending!

Dear Readers: So, you thought I was done with Aida and her tragic fate?  Well, I did too.  Readers of my opera series know that I (just like the Great Voltaire!) like to tack on happy endings to tragic stories.  … Continue reading

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Aida: Balto-Slavic-Gruzian Marcia Trionfale At the Met!

Dear Readers: So, this past Saturday I saw (heard?) the Metropolitan Opera in its matinee transmission of “Aida” at my local movie theater, and I gotta tell you, this was a two-popcorn bag event!  In a word, it was superb.  … Continue reading

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Luisa Miller Captivates The Met

So we start a joke:  A Bulgarian, a Pole, three Russians and a Mexican guy walk into an opera house in New York City. The punchline:  They create magic! Yesterday the Metropolitan Opera matinee production of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” was … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part VII

Dear Readers: Today it is time to end the sad story of Queen Shammu-Ramat of Babylon.  I believe that I have established, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Magi were behind all of the so-called “supernatural” features of … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part VI

Dear Readers: Continuing to probe into the Semiramide backstory, as penned by the French playwright Voltaire.  And the backbone, so to speak, of this backstory, consists of those wonderful men called the Magi.  Who constituted a caste within the ruling … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part V

Dear Readers: Still continuing to break down the Semiramide backstory.  Which is not only a murder mystery, but also a political thriller, involving two major castes struggling for power in ancient Babylon of, roughly, 850 B.C.  According to wiki, the … Continue reading

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