Russian opera in authentic Russian style

Mazepa by Tchaikovsky. Russian Opera Workshop, Ghenady Meirson, conductor and pianist, Philadelphia

 

A wealth of Russian vocal music has been unexplored in western Europe and America. One Philadelphia organization is making an effort to right that wrong.

Ghenady Meirson was born in Odessa, emigrated to the United States and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as …

Cailliet, mystery man of orchestral music

Lucien Cailliet was respected as one of the leading orchestrators of symphonic music in the 20th century. He’s also known as part of a supposed hoax implicating the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski.

A conspiracy theory links the two men, as rumors have circulated about the authorship of the famous series of orchestral versions of pieces written for solo instruments. …

Hamlet, an effective “new” opera

Amleto (Hamlet). OperaDelaware, May 2016

 

A resurrection of a long-lost adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Franco Faccio and Arrigo Boito is causing excitement 150 years after its composition. See here.

After the drama of restoring a missing opera, what can we say about the music-drama itself? Could the production …

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