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La Traviata, Opera by G. Verdi

La Traviata, Opera by G. Verdi

Vienna
For a composer who was concerned that his work should safeguard his family’s prosperity, Giuseppe Verdi’s readiness to lock horns with the censors of his day is at first sight something of a conundrum. But Verdi could not ...
Don Pasquale, Opera by G. Donizetti

Don Pasquale, Opera by G. Donizetti

Vienna
Considered by many to be the last great opera buffa, Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is the perfect farce, as popular today as when it was first performed in the mid-nineteenth century. Don Pasquale, a cantankerous but ...
The Barber of Seville, Opera by G. Rossini

The Barber of Seville, Opera by G. Rossini

Vienna
“Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” - the famous refrain that announces the arrival of the Barber of Seville and the start of what is arguably still the best comedy in opera. Based on Pierre Beaumarchais’ play of 1775, Le ...
Roméo et Juliette, Opera by C. Gounod

Roméo et Juliette, Opera by C. Gounod

Vienna
Roméo et Juliette is that rare example of an opera where the music supersedes the drama it depicts. Charles Gounod knew that he could not improve upon the narrative of the original, focusing instead on how his composition might ...
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