“Whether you are new to Wagner or have spent your life immersed in his world, Der Fliegende Holländer works its magic by giving you new ways to dream.” Fred Plotkin, opera expert and author of Opera 101, on Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
The most remarkable thing about this opera is that it tells the stories of six incredible people in their own words. Their voices were silenced for more than 120 years of imprisonment combined. The opera Blind Injustice has not only given them back their voices, but it has done so in a way that will be heard through the rafters of Music Hall and beyond.
If opera heightens our emotional experience of life, to inspire its listeners to be more fully human, Porgy and Bess, because it is challenging, demands that we resolve to struggle, to try again.
Each show takes us behind the scenes to reveal that the artists who transport us as performers are still humans, with all their faults and foibles. In Ariadne auf Naxos, librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and composer Richard Strauss go one step further, by poking gentle fun at themselves as well as their characters.
For anyone, anywhere, who sees this opera, there is a spark of recognition in the longing to be loved that each character reveals.
The classic story of the “star-cross’d lovers” has inspired artists across the spectrum of creative imagination, from orchestral fantasies to ﬁlm, ballet, and the Broadway stage
An overview of classical radio superstar Naomi Lewin’s lively and clever Opera Rap event at the Mercantile Library.