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In Memoriam: Carlo Bergonzi

Opera editor Joel Kasow on the late Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi.
5 Aug 2014

Remembrance: Sir Colin Davis 1927 - 2013

Opera critic Joel Kasow reflects on the British conductor's career on the podium and in the recording studio.

In Memoriam: Lisa Della Casa, Galina Vishnevskaya, Nan Merriman

Opera critic Joel Kasow on the loss of three important voices of the 20th century.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925 - 2012)

Remembrances and recommended lieder and opera CDs by the legendary German baritone who died last Friday 10 days short of his 87th birthday.

Dame Joan Sutherland: 7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010

Joel Kasow remembers the Australian soprano the Italians called "La Stupenda".

In Memoriam: Giulietta Simionato, Cesare Siepi, Sir Charles Mackerras

Operanet editor Joel Kasow on the performance and recording legacies of two great Italian opera stars and the leading conductor of Janacek's operas.

In Memoriam: Hildegard Behrens (1937 - 2009)

A latecomer to Opera, Behrens threw herself into demanding roles with bravado, intensity and true, raw talent.

Brokeback Mountain as Opera

New York's City Opera has commissioned American composer Charles Wuorinen to compose an opera based on Annie Proulx's short story 'Brokeback Mountain.'

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Birgit Nilsson Dead at the Age of 87

Opera critic Joel Kasow gives an overview of the legendary Swedish soprano's career, roles, performances and best recordings available on CD.

Gran Teatro La Fenice: A Virtual Visit on CD-ROM

The Gran Teatro la Fenice needs all the help it can get to rise from its ashes, and the new CD-ROM, "La Fenice: visite virtuelle d'un Opéra à Venise", is a more than worthwhile contribution, as proceeds from its sale will benefit the reconstruction.

La Fête de la Musique

Launched in 1982 by then socialist Minister of Culture Jack Lang, the French fête is by far, the most sympbolic manifestation of the inextricable link between the arts and politics in France. Launched in 1982 by then socialist Minister of Culture Jack Lang, the French fête is by far, the most sympbolic manifestation of the inextricable link between the arts and politics in France.
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