Falstaff

    By Giuseppe Verdi

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    ‘A lyric comedy unlike any other,’ wrote Verdi about his last opera. That the last work of a composer who was almost notorious for his preference for tragic and gloomy subjects should be a brilliant human comedy was and remains one of the wonders of music. Michael Rose considers its status in Italia…

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    The Operas of Michael Tippett

    By Michael Tippett

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    Although it is impossible to trace any one particular theme running through the operas of Michael Tippett, the libretti of his four operas are fascinating to compare. The dense allusions of The Midsummer Marriage (1955), here annotated, gave way to the classical formality of King Priam (1962); the p…

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    Peter Grimes/Gloriana

    By Benjamin Britten

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    This is a double volume dedicated to two masterpieces by Benjamin Britten. While Peter Grimes established Britten as a composer of international standing, Gloriana, composed for the coronation of Elizabeth II, has never enjoyed a comparable fame. The variety of mood, characterization and pace, in ea…

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    Don Carlos

    By Giuseppe Verdi

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    It used to be thought that Verdi miscalculated with this attempt at a “grand opera” in the French style. This guide demonstrates that Don Carlos was – and remains – an extraordinary achievement in melding two opposing visions of opera: the spectacular public aspect of the French tradition with the d…

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    Boris Godunov

    By Modest Mussorgsky

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    This famous opera has had a chequered performance history, and Professor Laurel E. Fay points out that the interpretation of the opera depends on which edition is used. Robert Oldani introduces the “Boris problem”: Pushkin’s play was not an obvious choice for a young composer, since it had been bann…

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    Tannhäuser

    By Richard Wagner

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    What can explain Wagner’s obsession with Tannhäuser, which he first conceived in 1845 and still considered unfinished at his death in 1883? Describing of the struggle of a man torn between erotic love and spiritual fulfilment, the opera contains the kernels of all his later works: man’s need for lov…

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    Manon

    By Jules Massenet

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    The story of Manon Lescaut has become part of the European imagination: she is the funloving woman who is irresistible to men. Of Massenet’s many operas, she inspired the most popular one, and this libretto shows his minute attention to detail in bringing the character and the period to life. This g…

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    Lohengrin

    By Richard Wagner

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    The legend of the Swan Knight who rescues a princess from the forces of pagan evil is one Christian Europe’s foundation myths. Lohengrin transformed Wagner into an international figure almost overnight, and it remained his most popular work throughout the nineteenth century. Thomas Grey proposes tha…

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    Madama Butterfly/Madame Butterfly

    By Giacomo Puccini

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    Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular operas of all time, despite its disastrous premiere, after which it was immediately withdrawn and revised. This guide explores how and why the libretto was softened to suit the tastes of European opera-goers, and the different variants are set out, side by…

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    Khovanshchina

    By Modest Mussorgsky

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    Mussorgsky’s last opera dramatizes the conspiracy of Prince Khovansky against Tsar Peter the Great, and the epic ends with the exile, murder and suicide of all the power groups of old Russia. When Musorgsky died in 1881, it was unfinished, and Rimsky-Korsakov completed it; Ravel and Stravinsky made…

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    Siegfried

    By Richard Wagner

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    “A Turandot filtered through a modern brain,” wrote Puccini, describing his plans to rework the eighteenth-century fable by Carlo Gozzi. According to Mosco Carner, Puccini’s last and supreme work is an advanced score which, with an orchestration that reflects contemporaries such as Richard Strauss a…

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    Arabella

    By Richard Strauss

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    Written in 1927, Arabella is a portrait – partly romanticized, partly factual – of Habsburg Vienna in the 1860s. It is also a celebration of the profound importance of courage, and the ability to forgive in love. Our sympathies are not only drawn to Arabella, who waits for “the right man” to come, b…

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