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Tosca: Set and Gesture
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What Is Verismo?
Verismo (trans. Realism) was and
remains the brand affixed to a style adopted by a generation of Italian
composers of opera from 1890 to the first decades of the twentieth century. The
movement was an  outgrowth of late nineteenth-century French
literary Re...
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The Verdi Requiem: "Opera in Ecclesiastical Dress"
On December 2 the
Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast was devoted to the company’s 53 rd  iteration
of Giuseppe Verdi’s  Requiem . The  Requiem  was
first performed at the Met in 1901 on the occasion of the composer’s death; he
had died earlier that year. Am...
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Lawrence Tibbett, 2: All-American Divo
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Lawrence Tibbett: Becoming an (American) Divo
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Rosa Ponselle, 2: An American Diva
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Rosa Ponselle: Becoming an (American) Diva
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Rosa Ponselle: Becoming an (American) Diva
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Norma, 2: Two Duets and a Transcendent Final Ensemble
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the first of the two posts we devote to Vincenzo Bellini’s 1831 work (see  Norma  1:
Raisi...
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Norma, 1: Setting the Bar
The
2017-2018 Metropolitan Opera season opens on September 25 with
Vincenzo Bellini’s  Norma  (1831), in a new production directed
by Sir David McVicar and designed by Robert Jones. Awaited with high anticipation
is the return to the title role at the Met o...
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