Podcast: Curtain up!

If the purpose of an opera overture is to prepare the audience for the mood and emotions of the opera that follows, Rossini was a master. And yet, the overture was almost an after-thought to him. Rossini usually composed it … Read More →

Alessandro Marangoni in Second Life

This past Monday Alessandro Marangoni (Second Life avatar “Benito Flores”) had a live performance on the Music Academy onLIVE show at SLCN.tv in Second Life. For those who missed this performance you can watch a recording of the show below. If you enjoyed this Marangoni’s … Read More →

Rossini’s La Cenerentola on Opus Arte Blu-ray DVD

On June 24, 2008, Naxos releases La Cenerentola (Opus Arte BD7008D), produced at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005, on Blu-ray disc. La Cenerentola is an update of the traditional Cinderella story which creates a tale of two incompatible views of upper … Read More →

Alberto Zedda conducts Rossini’s L’inganno felice and for the first time on DVD, Wolf-Ferrari’s La vedova scaltra

On June 24th, Naxos will release a 2-disc recording of Rossini’s one-act semiseria opera L’inganno felice. Filmed in Germany at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival in the Königliches Kurtheater, the opera is judiciously cast, featuring performances by Kenneth Tarver (Bertrando), … Read More →