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Opera Performance Essays

Opera Guild of Rochester writes short articles about the operas and publishes them before local performances, such as MET HD Broadcasts. Click on the PDF icon link to read, download and print.

Verdi's La Traviata - The Original Traviata: The True Story of Marie Duplessis
By Art Axelrod

Heavenly Lunacy: La Bohème and Moonstruck
By Carol Crocca

Verdi's Aida
By Art Axelrod

Puccini's Madama Butterfly
By Art Axelrod

Surrealism at the Opera: Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel
By Art Axelrod

Dvořák's Rusalka
By Art Axelrod

Puccini's Turandot - The Story of the Story
By Art Axelrod

Puccini's Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West)
By Art Axelrod

L'Elisir d'Amore - Mixing an Elixir: A Bubbly Cocktail of "Upper-Attic" Fun

By Rachel Stuhlman

Tosca - Tosca and Napoleon
By Carol Crocca

Die Zauberflöte - Mozart's Magic
By Carol Crocca

Bellini's Norma Words Set to Music: The Inspired Collaboration of Bellini & Romano    
By Rachel Stuhlman

Pushkin, Tchaikovsky and Eugene Onegin
By Rachel Stuhlman

Mozart's Idomeneo - Idomeneo's Vow
By Carol Crocca

Dvořák's Rusalka
By Art Axelrod and Carol Crocca

Gounod's Roméo et Juliette - Religious and Romantic Sensibility
By Carol Crocca

Verdi's Nabucco
By Art Axelrod

Don Giovanni - Mozart: The Man and the Myth
By Carol Crocca

Tristan und Isolde 
By Peter Dundas

Elektra - Richard Strauss, Hugo von Hofmannstahl, and a Change of Style
By Peter Dundas

Donizetti's Roberto Devereux - The Myth of Donizetti’s Three Queens
By Rachel Stuhlman

Puccini's Madama Butterfly
By Carol Crocca

Giacomo Puccini and Giulio Ricordi: An Opera Partnership
By Carol Crocca

Puccini’s Turandot - The Persecuted Servant Girl & the Opera That Didn’t Get Finished  By Art Axelrod

The Pearl Fishers - Georges Bizet - Independent But Troubled Spirit
By Carol Crocca

Alban Berg's Lulu
By Carol Crocca

Wagner's Tannhäuser
By Peter Dundas

Verdi's Il Trovatore
By Art Axelrod

Verdi's Otello - Iago: Portrait of Deception
By Carol Crocca

Rossini's La Donna del Lago - Isabella Colbran: Rossini's Muse
By Rachel Stuhlman

Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
By Carol Crocca

Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann
By Peter Dundas

Lehar's The Merry Widow - A Night at the Operetta

La Mogador - Was “La Mogador” Carmen?
By Carol Crocca

Verdi's Macbeth - Verdi Sets Shakespeare’s Play
By Carol Crocca

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Background to the Composition of the Opera  By Peter Dundas,

Rossini's The Barber of Seville - Evviva l’opera buffa! (Hurray for buffa!)
By Carol Crocca

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