Andre Modeste Gretry: Zemire et Azor (1771)

Opera comique en quatre actes. Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes. This might seem like a strange entry given that I rarely look at 18th century opera, much less French 18th century operas, and the subject matter might not be immediately apparent. This is actually La belle et la bête but in a medieval Persian setting. The orchestration […]

Vatroslav Lisinski: Ljubav i zloba/Love and Malice (1846)

Opera in two acts. Running time: 2 hours 9 minutes. So here is something different. I’ve done Eastern European operas before, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, even Ukrainian and Slovenian, here is an opera in Serbo-Croatian. Incidentally it is the first opera in Serbo-Croatian but before you put on your Yugoslav nationalist hat this opera is […]

Piotr Tchaikovsky: Oprichnik (1874)

Opera in four acts, five scenes. Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes. Although his first public success on the operatic stage, by the time of the first performance the composer had actually grown to hate his work. Much of the first act consists of reused items from Tchaikovsky’s first opera The Voyevoda, and the second […]