Gaetano Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (1837)

Opera in two acts. Running Time: 2 hours 16 minutes. This is another of my jumbo reviews on a social justice theme, and is dedicated to victims of domestic abuse. Painting by Carlo Arienti, circa 1843-54.  If operas were categorized like fairy tales, this would fall into the T257.7 Unjustly jealous husband forces wife to commit […]

Philip Glass: Akhnaten (1984)

Opera in three acts. Running Time: 2 hours 9 minutes. At last, a minimalist opera, and by an living American no doubt! The Minimalist style consists of musical particles that are repeated over and over again.  Basically if Wagnerian leitmotifs were constantly repeated to the expense of any other music for a specific period of […]

Antonio Carlos Gomes: Salvator Rosa (1874)

Opera in four acts. Running Time: 2 hours 34 minutes. Self portrait of Salvator Rosa, 1647.  Between the unparalleled (somewhat bizarre?) success of Il Guarany, the disaster of the first version of Fosca, and the fiasco that was Maria Tudor, Gomes did have one undisputed success with both the critics and the public in Salvator Rosa. Although it plays very fast and loose […]