Etienne Mehul: Uthal (1806)

Opera comique (seriously, it actually is!) in one act. Running Time: 1 hour. This post marks my 3rd year anniversary! Thank you to all readers! PHIL OF THE OPERA WORLD: Get ready to have your mind blown, somebody beat Weber to being Weber! French composer Mehul accomplishes this by using the violas, lots of violas, […]

Robert Schumann: Genoveva (1850)

Oratorio in four acts. Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes. Genoveva is a work that must be understood within context, otherwise it makes little sense and will make you want to cut your own wrists out of sheer boredom. Written at the same time Wagner composed Lohengrin, (although no one of less stature than Wagner himself looked at […]

Franco Leoni: L′oracolo (1905)

Opera in one act. Running Time: 1 hour 5 minutes. OperaScribe suggested this opera for comparison to Turandot. I will also be doing Iris by Mascagni soon for a comparison with Madama Butterfly. Leoni was a Milanese-born contemporary of Puccini so the comparisons are apt. Never as successful globally, he lived significantly longer, dying at age 84 in 1949 at Hampstead, […]

Gioachino Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide (1818)

Opera in two acts. Running Time: 2 hours 47 minutes. The fifth of Rossini’s nine innovative scores for the San Carlo in Naples, Ricciardo e Zoraide (although perhaps the most darkly Teutonic and with very effective music, particularly for the tenors) has been critically considered to be the subjectively least interesting of the nine. Lord Byron claimed […]

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 […]