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Puccini, Modernism & La Rondine

Puccini, Modernism & La Rondine

Widely touted as history’s most popular opera composer, Giacomo Puccini is not often thought of as a modernist in the way we think about Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Debussy, or Alban Berg. But of Puccini’s 12 operas (treating Il trittico as 3 operas...
Opera in a Yankee Key

Opera in a Yankee Key

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women as an opera? A moralizing story about four New England sisters who face life with obedient attitudes, hard work, respect for religious and parental authority, and a cheerful determination to make the best of the problems they face? How...
Writing & Rewriting La Sonnambula

Writing & Rewriting La Sonnambula

The Sleepwalker Who Wasn’t There: Writing and Rewriting La sonnambula By Steven Kahn An old saw in the world of writing has it that “There is no writing—just rewriting”. Composer Vincenzo Bellini and librettist Felice Romani found this to be abundantly so in the...