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Archive for January, 2015

The Greatest Operas, Part IV

Posted by therebelprince on January 29, 2015

This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.

This is the fourth in my series of post looking at my favourite operas from the 1600s to the present day (you can find previous instalments here). We’ve journeyed through the heights of Romanticism in Italy, France, and Germany in the late 19th century, and now we reach that all-important turning point, as the 20th century dawned, and high art merged with the avant-garde… for a while, at least.

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The Greatest Operas, Part III

Posted by therebelprince on January 22, 2015

This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.

This is the third in my series on my favourite operas of all time – a deep passion of mine that is, sadly, not one shared by a great deal of my generation. So, I hope that this ongoing list may be of interest to newcomers or opera amateurs like myself.

In Week One, I explored the origins of opera, while Week Two delved into the “golden era” of opera in the 19th century. This week, I take a look at the maturation of these forms throughout Europe as the 19th century came to its end. It is one of the defining periods of the artform, and a time of great… well, not fun exactly, but certainly brilliance. Let’s dive in!

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The Greatest Operas, Part II

Posted by therebelprince on January 15, 2015

This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.

Today, I’m continuing my exploration of my favourite operas of the last 400 years. In my first post, I looked at the early greats, now we move into the bracing 19th century.

The delight of opera, of soaring music from all points of the orchestra, characters battered by fate and love expressing their passion in powerful vocal writing, combined with theatre, art, dance, and spectacle. To those of us raised on 20th century postmodernism and deconstructionism, much of the 19th century’s output can look a bit crazy, but there was plenty of fun to be had.

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The Greatest Operas, Part I

Posted by therebelprince on January 8, 2015

This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.

I realise this is a TV blog, but 2014 has been a year often devoted to one of my other great passions.

Okay, here we are. Week 1 of 10. Over the next 10 weeks, I’m gonna have a go at listing out all of my favourite opera composers from the 1640s to the 2010s and the works of theirs I hold in high regard (with clips to illustrate!). Sometimes, they aren’t necessarily works of genius, but works that I like (yes, that is possible). And, occasionally, I can’t articulate my feelings, but I’ll try to focus my interest as much as possible. So… let’s have some fun, shall we?

Despite its reputation as an elitist artform, opera is really – or should be – the climax of all the arts: music, song, theatre, design, dance. Great opera can touch us, can be hilariously funny, or can challenge, just like great theatre. From everything I’ve seen over the last few years, the opera world is thriving in all its sparkling variety. At the same time, it is an acquired taste, and – since it is one of my great passions in life – I would like to do my utmost to help others acquire it.

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