Chronological Index of Reviews (Operas By Year Navigator)

In order to make life easier for both my readers and myself, I am creating a Chronological Index of Reviews to be updated as I add posts! The posts are still available on the main page, of course, but this should make finding earlier posts much easier. Also the most recent post will be highlighted in BOLD here to make it easier to find.

HOW TO USE THIS SITE:

About the star ratings: the methodology I use is derived from Sir Denis Forman’s 1995 publication The Good Opera Guide known in North America as A Night at the Opera and the ratings equal the following:

* Worth looking out for.

** This is very good.

*** Stunning

Although a few operas never get a three-star item, all but maybe a handful will get one or two two-star items at a minimum. Incidentally there are infrequent no-star items which usually are either events where I do include a timer indication but which I really don’t feel deserve a star. Even one-star items are at least okay/of some interest, it is really  when I don’t give a star at all that you should be worried!

THE OPERAS: 

17th Century:

1607: Monteverdi: L’Orfeo

18th Century:

1725: Handel, Rodelinda, regina dei Longobardi

1771: Gretry: Zemire et Azor

1774: Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

1786/68: Mozart: The Impresario/Bastien und Bastienne 

1792: Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto

19th Century:

1810: Rossini: La Cambiale di Matrimonio 

1814: Rossini: Sigismondo 

1815: Rossini: Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra

1816:

Rossini: Otello

Donizetti: Il Pigmalione

1817:

Rossini: La gazza ladra 

Spontini: Fernando Cortez 

1818: Rossini: Mose in Egitto

1819:

Meyerbeer: Emma di Resburgo 

Rossini: Eduardo e Cristina

Rossini: Ermione 

1820:

Meyerbeer: Margherita d‘Anjou 

Rossini: Maometto II

1821: Rossini: Matilde di Shabran

1822:

Rossini: Zelmira

Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella

1823:

Schubert: Fierrabras 

Weber: Euryanthe

1824: Meyerbeer: Il Crociato in Egitto (Coming in June 2019!)

1825: Boieldieu: La Dame Blanche 

1826:

Donizetti: Don Gregorio

Rossini: Ivanhoe

Rossini: Le siege de Corinthe 

Weber: Oberon

1827:

Bellini: Bianca e Fernando

Bellini: Il Pirata

Rossini: Moise et Pharaon 

1828:

Auber: La muette de Portici

Donizetti: Alina, regina di Golconda

1829:

Bellini: La straniera 

Bellini: Zaira

Donizetti: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth

1830:

Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi 

Donizetti: Anna Bolena 

Donizetti: Il Diluvio Universale

Donizetti: Imelda de’ Lambertazzi 

1831: Meyerbeer: Robert le diable

1832:

Donizetti: Sancia di Castiglia

Harold: Le pre aux clercs 

Pacini: Il convitato di pietra

1833:

Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda

Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia 

Wagner: Die Feen

1835:

Donizetti: Gemma di Vergy

Donizetti: Marino Faliero 

Donizetti: Rosmonda d’Inghilterra

Halevy: La Juive

Pacini: Carlo di Borgogna

1836:

Bertin: La Esmeralda

Donizetti: Betly

Donizetti: Il campanello di notte 

Glinka: A Life for the Tsar/Ivan Susanin

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1962 La Scala performance in four acts) 

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (2016 complete five acts) 

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

1837:

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux 

Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei 

1838:

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini

Cuyas: La Fattucchiera

Donizetti: Maria de Rudenz

1839:

Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor

Verdi: Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio

1840:

Donizetti: La Favorite

Donizetti: La fille du regiment

Donizetti: Les Martyrs (Coming in 2020!)

Erkel: Batori Maria

Pacini: Saffo

Verdi: Un giorno di Regno

1841:

Donizetti: Maria Padilla

Halevy: La reine de Chypre  

Weber/Berlioz: Le Freischütz 

1842:

Dietsch: Le Vaisseau Fantôme

Verdi: Nabucco 

Wagner: Rienzi 

1843:

Donizetti: Dom Sebastien, roi du Portugal 

Donizetti: Maria di Rohan

Halevy: Charles VI

Pacini: Maria, regina d’Inghilterra

Verdi: I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata

1844:

Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro

Erkel: Hunyadi Laszlo

Verdi: I due Foscari

1845:

Verdi: Alzira

Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco

Wallace: Maritana 

1846:

Berlioz: La damnation de Faust

Lisinski: Ljubav i zloba

Mercadante: Orazi e Curiazi 

Verdi: Attila

1847:

Bona: Don Carlo

Cagnoni: Don Bucefalo

Verdi: Jerusalem

Verdi: I Masnadieri 

1848:

Donizetti: Poliuto

Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano

Verdi: Il Corsaro 

1849:

Foroni: Cristina, regina di Svezia

Meyerbeer: Le Prophete

Verdi: Luisa Miller 

1850:

Verdi: Stiffelio

Wagner: Lohengrin

Lohengrin Trieste 1976

1851: Lortzing: Die Opernprobe

1854:

Gounod: La nonne sanglante

Meyerbeer: L’étoile du nord

1855: Verdi: I vespri siciliani 

1857:

Mercadante: Pelagio 

Verdi: Aroldo

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra 

1858:

Berlioz: Les Troyens 

Halevy: La Magicienne

Moniuszko: Halka

Petrella: Ione 

1859:

David: Herculanum 

Meyerbeer: Dinorah

1861:

Erkel: Bank Ban

Wagner: Tannhäuser et le tournoi des chanteurs a la Wartburg

1862:

Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict

Bizet: Ivan IV 

Erkel: Sarolta

1863: Bruch: Die Loreley

1864:

Gounod: Mireille 

Meyerbeer: Vasco de Gama

1865:

Faccio: Amleto 

Moniuszko: Straszny Dwor 

Wagner: Tristano e Isotta 

1866: Mercadante: Virginia

1867:

Bizet: La jolie fille de Perth

Erkel: Dozsa Gyorgy

Gounod: Romeo et Juliette

1868:

Smetana: Dalibor

Wagner: I maestri cantori di Norimberga

1869:

Marchetti: Ruy Blas

Offenbach: Les Brigands

Petrella: I promessi sposi

1870: Gomes: Il Guarany

1872:

Dargomyzhsky: The Stone Guest

Delibes: Le roi l’a dit 

Ponchielli: I promessi sposi

1873:

Gomes: Fosca

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Maid of Pskov

1874:

Erkel: Brankovics Gyorgy

Gomes: Salvator Rosa

Ponchielli: I Lituani

Smetana: Dve Vdovy/The Two Widows

Tchaikovsky: Oprichnik 

1875:

Bizet: A Letter to Carmen (not a review)

Catalani: La falce

Joncieres: Dimitri 

Pasta: Atahualpa

Rubinstein: The Demon

1876: Dvorak: Vanda

1877:

Gounod: Cinq-Mars

Massenet: Le roi de Lahore 

Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila 

1878:

Gounod: Polyeucte

Heise: Drot og marsk

Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans

1879:

Canepa: Riccardo III

Gomes: Maria Tudor 

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

1880:

Boito: Mefistofele

Erkel: Nevtelen hosok/Unnamed Heroes

Massenet: Herodiade

1881:

Gounod: Le tribut de Zamora 

Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Saint-Saens: Henry VIII

Smetana: Libuse

1882: Wagner: Parsifal 

1883:

Catalani: Dejanice

Delibes: Lakme

Dvorak: Dimitrij (Original Version with annotations for the Revised Version)

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (Rimsky-Korsakov version)

1884:

Massenet: Manon

Puccini: Le Villi

Reyer: Sigurd

Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa  (1957 Italian)

Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa (1996 Kirov) 

1885:

Erkel: Istvan kiraly

Massenet: Le Cid

1886: Catalani: Edmea 

1887:

Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui 

Tchaikovsky: The Enchantress/Charodieka

1888: Lalo: Le roi d’Ys

1889:

Cilea: Gina

Dvorak: Jakobin

Massenet: Esclarmonde

Puccini: Edgar

1890:

Borodin: Prince Igor/Knaz Igor

Catalani: Loreley

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades

1891:

Mascagni: L’amico Fritz

Massenet: Le Mage 

1892:

Catalani: La Wally

Franchetti: Cristoforo Colombo

Rachmaninoff: Aleko

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta 

1893:

Delibes: Kassya

Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Verdi: Falstaff 

1894:

Massenet: La navarraise

Strauss: Guntram 

1895: Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff 

1896: Giordano: Andrea Chenier

1897:

Cilea: L’Arlesiana

D’Indy: Fervaal

Parma: Ksenija

Smareglia: La falena

1898:

Giordano: Fedora

Mascagni: Iris

Rimsky-Korsakov: Mozart and Salieri 

1899: Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar’s Bride

20th Century:

1901: Dvorak: Rusalka 

1902:

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Nielsen: Saul og David 

Rimsky-Korsakov: Kashchey the Deathless

Rimsky-Korsakov: Servilia 

1903:

Binichki: Na uranku/At Dawn

Chausson: Le Roi Arthus

Giordano: Siberia 

1904:

Alfano: Risurrezione

Dvorak: Armida 

1906: Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight & Francesca da Rimini 

1907:

Cilea: Gloria

Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

Messager: Fortunio

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezch and the Maiden Fevroniya

1909: O‘Dwyer: Eithne (coming in June 2019!) 

1910:

Massenet: Don Quichotte

Puccini: La fanciulla del West

1911:

Magnard: Berenice

Mascagni: Isabeau

1913:

Mascagni: Parisina 

Montemezzi: L’amore dei tre re

Mussorgsky: Sorochyntsi Fair 

1914:

Stravinsky: Le rossignol/The Nightingale

Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini 

1917: Mascagni: Lodoletta

1919:

Paliashvili: Abesalom da Eteri & Abesalom da Eteri (2) 

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten 

1922:

Stravinsky: Le Renard 

Stravinsky: Mavra

1923: Roussel: Padmâvatî

1926: Puccini: Turandot

1928: Strauss: Die Agyptische Helena 

1931: Magnard: Guercoeur

1938: Strauss: Daphne

1945: Britten: Peter Grimes

1951: Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors

1955: Lysenko: Taras Bulba

1957: Giuranna: Meyerling

1984: Glass: Akhnaten 

2000: Albeniz: Merlin

21st Century:

2009: Cagnoni: Re Lear 

 

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