Gaetano Donizetti: Adelia (1841)

Opera in tre atti. Running Time: 2 hours. Just an FYI for those of you paying attention before the review: I successfully defended my MA thesis in history a little over a week ago and will be graduating in November. Thank you. This opera was written, not surprisingly, as a vehicle for soprano Giuseppina Strepponi, […]

Leos Janacek: Sarka (1887)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 1 hour 4 minutes. Written in 1887 to a libretto by Julius Zeyer with whom Janacek had not attained permission, and then send to Dvorak (whom Zeyer wanted to set his verses), this first attempt by Janacek to compose an opera had to wait until 1925 to be performed. […]

Eugen Suchon: Svatopluk (1960)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 32 minutes. Sort of a connector to our all-Smetana month, a more modern Slovak opera based on Moravian history! So this is very different. Yes, this is a sort of post-Wagnerian work by an Eastern European composer (Slovakian specifically, and Suchon lived from 1908 to 1993, so […]