William Tell “from out of the past”

Guillaume Tell (William Tell) by Gioachino Rossini. Metropolitan Opera, New York.

 

Everyone knows the overture to Rossini’s William Tell, thanks to the Lone Ranger with its narration: “From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats….” although that famous galloping melody does not appear in the opera itself, only in the overture. Few people, …

Tristan & Isolde: lost at sea

Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. Mariusz Trelinski director, Simon Rattle conductor. New production opening the season at the Metropolitan Opera, 2016. Telecast to movie theaters by Fathom Events.

 

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is a classic because of the co-equal melding of its story of a doomed extramarital romance, with …

Johan Botha dies

With sadness, we mark the death of tenor Johan Botha of cancer at the age of 51 on September 8, 2016.

He sang in public as recently as June 2016, performing the role of Siegmund in Die Walkure in Budapest.

We were greatly impressed seeing him as the tenor lead in Tannhauser and Meistersinger in the past two …

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