Albert Lortzing: Die Opernprobe (1851)

Opera in one act. Running Time: 46 minutes. So, I need some comic opera, bad. Thanks Nick for recommending Lortzing. Before I get into Hans Sachs (yes THAT Hans Sachs, Wagner didn’t come up with a totally original story in Die Meistersinger after all!), Regina,or Undine I think I will do a short comedy first. This was Lortzing’s […]

Claudio Monteverdi: La favola d’Orfeo (1607)

Favola in musica in a prologue and five acts. Running Time: 1 hours 43 minutes. This was probably the third or fourth opera I ever heard, when I around nine. I also had the first three acts completed before my recent Wagner stint so I figured I would finish the last 30 minutes and send […]

I WANT MORE OF THIS, but I never can: Das Liebesverbot (1836)

Comic Opera in two acts. Running Time: 2 hours 58 minutes. Read Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure if you want the plot, although the setting has been shifted to Palermo, Sicily.  The additional 53 minutes of material on the video are highlights of a performance of Lohengrin, which I will not be including here. There are philosophical ideas here: Wagner […]

Gioachino Rossini: Eduardo e Cristina (1819)

Opera in two acts. Running Time: 2 hours 17 minutes. Okay, now I really need to stop. SETTING: Stockholm, Sweden, the distant past although given the reference of a Russian invasion most likely the 1550s . Cristina is the daughter of King Carlo of Sweden. She is secretly married to Eduardo, a military general, although […]