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A Very Verdi Fall

This Autumn, Amadeus Press will release Verdi: The Operas and Choral Works as part of the Unlocking the Masters Series. Read this glowing, exclusive excerpt from the introduction of the book below. 1,069 more words

Classical & Opera

Polish Baritone Replaces Domingo

Artur Ruciński was swimming in a pool, relaxing with his family, when the call came. The singer was invited to stand in for Plácido Domingo who had to cancel his performance at the Salzburg Festival in Austria due to illness. 179 more words


Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

In 1975, my first long-term girlfriend, Lacy, and I had a fairly comfortable relationship. We shared very similar tastes in art, literature and music, and this fact made us pretty compatible. 1,224 more words

Classical Music

The Jester's Curse Continues

In the preceding post, I presented a synopsis of Act I of Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic opera Rigoletto, which he originally intended to title… 2,071 more words


The Jester's Curse

As I pointed out in the preceding post, some tricksters in literature and other art forms become tragic figures, their tricks turning on them in bitter, devastating ways. 1,118 more words


Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House - 12 September to 6 October 2014

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, was his ‘best opera’. He had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. 247 more words

Opera And Ballet


Director: Brett Bailey
Writer: Brett Bailey, Fabrizio Cassol (music)
Based on: William Shakespeare‘s play Macbeth / Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera
Cast: Owen Metsileng, Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Otto Maidi… 395 more words