Gioachino Rossini: Mosè in Egitto (1818)

Azione tragico-sacra in tre atti. Running Time: 2 hours 22 minutes. I have been watching the 1956 film The Ten Commandments, and just had an urge to review this for the Passover season. Rossini considered this inferior to his later French reworking of it as Moïse et Pharaon, but what will I say! Enjoy. SETTING: Egypt, 12th century B.C.E. […]

Gioachino Rossini: Le Siège de Corinthe (1826)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes. I know I promised that Margherita d‘Anjou would be next, and it will be up on May 1st, but I ended up doing this for some reason (apart from the fact that I had planned on doing this one year ago). Thankfully a good French recording […]

Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa (1884)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes. This review is of the 1996 production at the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Gergiev. I was in the mood for some Tchaikovsky and OperaScribe had long ago suggested I review this performance as my earlier review is of an Italian-language performance from the 1950s. […]

Antonio Carlos Gomes: Fosca (1873)

Opera in four acts. Running Time: 2 hours 24 minutes. One of my cousins is celebrating a birthday today and I have had this post ready for well over a month (I actually stopped working on it in February!). This also gives you all a heads-up that I am still alive, just buried in thesis […]

Lohengrin in Italian (Trieste 1976)

This is not a review post, but someone put up an even later performance of the Italian translation of Lohengrin on the YouTube a few months ago and I just found it. The sound quality isn’t as good as the 1959 recording, but the interpretation is better, although Maria Chiara could be a bit more lyrical […]

Carlo Enrico Pasta: Atahualpa (1875)

Opera in four acts. Running Time: 2 hours. Sorry guys, this post has nothing to do with St. Patrick or Ireland, although it does have something to do with Catholicism. The Conquest of America by the Franco-Bulgarian philosopher Tzvetan Todorov is one of my favourite works of philosophical history. Here is an opera based not on […]