Pavlos Carrer: Marco Bozzari (1861)

Opera in four acts. Running Time: 2 hours 2 minutes. Portrait of Katerina Rosa Botzaris, daughter of Markos Botsaris, by Joseph Karl Stieler.  Now, something different, a Greek opera! Actually this is a performance in Greek translation of an originally Italian-language opera by an Ionian composer which incorporates a hybrid (LOVE saying that word!) musical form: although […]

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. […]