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James Inverne Remembers Jon Vickers

On Record: James Inverne Remembers Jon Vickers (1926-2015) >>

"Opera," said the Canadian tenor Jon Vickers once in an interview, "is not entertainment." For entertainment, he explained, he would far rather watch My Fair Lady. Opera had to go deeper. It was deeper, or it was nothing.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, World-Renowned Baritone, Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, World-Renowned Baritone, Diagnosed with Brain Tumor >>

The beloved Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, has revealed that he has had to cancel all engagements through the end of August to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. The announcement was posted Wednesday on his website.

Eric Owens

Eric Owens to Perform in Opera Philadelphia's Production of Verdi's 'Don Carlo' >>

Superstar bass-baritone, Eric Owens, has returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to perform the role of King Phillip II in Opera Philadelphia’s new production of "Don Carlo," Verdi’s grand opera of passion and political intrigue.

Bebe Neuwirth

'Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín' Tells Story of Holocaust Prisoners, Stars Bebe Neuwirth and John Rubinstein >>

A live performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” which displays performances of Verdi’s "Requiem" put on by concentration camp prisoners during World War II, will be shown at Lincoln Center. The performance will feature Bebe Neuwirth and John Rubinstein. Defiant Requiem tells the story of 16 performances put on by prisoners at the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II amid starvation, abuse and death. With only one smuggled score, they performed the famed masterpiece 16 times. This story will be commemorated at Avery Fisher Hall, which includes a concert/drama featuring a live performance of Verdi’s "Requiem" interspersed with historic film, testimony from survivors and narration that tells the tale of these courageous men and woman. In addition to Neuwirth and Rubeinstein, soloists soprano Jennifer Check, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor Steven Tharp and bass Wilhelm Schwinghammer will be featured, as well as The Orchestra of Terezín Remembrance and The Collegiate Chorale.

Anna Netrebko Brings Down the Metropolitan Opera as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Classic

Anna Netrebko Brings Down the Metropolitan Opera as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Classic >>

One would think that if Anna Netrebko announced a new role, it would be met with excitement. However, this wasn't the case when Anna said she would go out for Lady Macbeth. But in light of her performance in Verdi's classic, Netrebko proved she can transcend any role.


'Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance' Recieves Two Emmy Nominations, Netflix Stream Verdi's "Requiem" >>

The documentary film Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance is nominated for two news and documentary Emmy awards for outstanding historical documentary long form and outstanding writing.

Caroline Goulding

Bay-Atlantic Symphony and Violinist Caroline Goulding to Perform Brahms, Verdi, Borodin, Sibelius at the Borgata >>

The flavors of Germany, Italy, Russia and Finland come to Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 17, featuring works by Brahms, Verdi, Borodin and Sibelius as performed by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony with Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding.

Classicalite's Five Best: Carlo Bergonzi Recordings

Classicalite's Five Best: Carlo Bergonzi Recordings >>

Classicalite contributing editor James Inverne states his case, with videos, for the five best Carlo Bergonzi recordings.

Carlo Bergonzi

The Column: Carlo Bergonzi (1924-2014), Memories of the Master >>

James Inverne remembers Carlo Bergonzi--the tenor who may have been, in some ways, the greatest of them all.


LPO's Glyndebourne 50th Anniversary Season Open for Business, Sans George Christie and Fat Shaming Scandal >>

The Glyndebourne Festival is underway, a 50th anniversary season already marked by the sad death of its previous owner-chairman Sir George Christie, a scandal around critics' comments on a female singer's (by no means unusual) body shape, and a production of Der Rosenkavalier that opens on its Marschallin naked in the shower. And it only opened less a week ago!

RESULTS: The International Opera Awards 2014 Are Announced, Posthumous Prize for Gerard Mortier

RESULTS: The International Opera Awards 2014 Are Announced, Posthumous Prize for Gerard Mortier >>

The venerable Opera magazine has announced the winners of its still-rather-new annual awards, the "Operas" (think Oscars but with more singing and a smaller budget). Since Opera has been the bible for international opera reviews for many decades, it's a nice idea and one that makes sense. It would be nice to be able to post Opera reviews for all of the winners, or sound clips from recent productions from them all, and maybe that's something the organizers can look at next year.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Staging U.S. Première of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas' 'Anna Nicole' Opera

Royal Opera 2014/15 Season Announced: Includes Weill's Mahagonny, Domingo Hat-Trick, Kaufmann Chenier and Anna Nicole >>

The U.K.'s Royal Opera has announced details of its 2014/15 season. There are seven new main-house productions including a new opera from Philip Glass, a final bow for the classic John Copley La Boheme and a welcome return for Mark Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole.

Follow the popular trend--in music!

Musical Selfies: Ravel, Mussorgsky and Verdi...Without Makeup! >>

My Facebook feed has been dotted in recent day with the latest social media craze. For a good cause, female friends have been posting photographs of themselves without makeup. Some actually look better that way, in my opinion (I know, nobody asked). One can surely do the same in music. Follow the popular trend--in music!

Classicalite's Five Best: Opera Films >>

A dying art? James Inverne picks five of the best cinematic opera adaptations.

Gergiev, Nelsons, Gilbert or Alsop...Who is the World’s Busiest Conductor? >>

Some interesting statistics, yes, from the U.K.-based music website Bachtrack. Every year, they compile the stats from the events they have listed, and the list for 2013 has Valery Gergiev as the world's busiest conductor. Andris Nelsons comes second.

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