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MOZART’S BASTIEN AND BASTIENNE in a double-bill with PURCELL’S DIDO AND AENEAS Frost Opera Theater concludes its critically acclaimed 2007-08 season when Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas share the stage at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall in a fully staged double-bill, accompanied by members of the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Mozart’s […]

Verdi and Shakespeare

Rafael de Acha © 2008 In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago, the arch-enemy of his professed friend Othello, hyphenated low-life, evil-incarnate, bottom-feeder, low-grade officer and greatest anti-hero of all time – obliquely hints at what makes him tick. This happens at the onset of the play, in the Venetian scene with which Verdi dispensed in his opera. […]

My All-time Favorite Desert Island Opera Videos

Rafael de Acha © 2008 Opera and opera recordings and opera singers are like anything else that appeals primarily to the senses and only secondarily to the brain: it all is rather personal, quirky, and irrational. One man’s potion = another man’s poison. So, when it comes to making a selection of video recordings that […]