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Writing Music Monday: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

Because sometimes you’ve just got to write to opera.


I’m being serious.

Sometimes you have to do that.


And, lucky you, there is a site that has the vast bulk of Verdi’s operas available in MP3 format for free under a Creative Commons license. 193 more words

Music Mondays

Woman on the edge

A few weeks ago I reviewed Phillippe Béziat’s documentary traviata et nous, about the making of the 2011 Aix festival La Traviata.  I’ve now had a chance to watch the DVD of the finished product and it’s superb.  509 more words

DVD Review

It's Jest a Hunch: Caramoor's "Rigoletto" in Review

After a hugely successful initial performance and an even more polished second performance of their first opera of the season, “Lucrezia Borgia”, Caramoor had big shoes to fill with their second and final opera of the 2014 Summer Festival season, “Rigoletto”. 676 more words


Nabucco at Birmingham Hippodrome

It is hard to believe quite how awful the Welsh National Opera production of Verdi’s NABUCCO at the Birmingham Hippodrome actually was for me. I have seen the opera in Verona staged classically and epically in the Roman Amphitheatre and I quite enjoyed some of it. 93 more words


Nit Lila del Comerç de Gracia

Tonight Gracia is open until 24h!  Shops,bars and music in the streets,for neighbours or visitants.

The bars put tables and chairs in the middle of the street and, in some of them, you can taste some products. 142 more words


Exploring opera

‘Songs to melt the very soul’. This course will delve into operas which do just that, covering the whole gamut of emotional experience and giving us memorable tunes and characters. 59 more words

Adult Education

Maria Callas at Covent Garden

There’s not a lot of film footage of Maria Callas performing and most of what there is is of concerts.  What makes this disk special is that it contains the whole of Act 2 of… 379 more words

DVD Review