Opera Guide: Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier

Saccharine it may be, but it’s not without its touches of bitterness. This week’s guide is on Der Rosenkavalier, consistently admired and beloved since its first performance. Did Strauss give up the avant-garde struggle after Salome and Elektra? Perhaps not entirely, for Rosenkavalier is innovative in its own ways.

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Opera Guide: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Purcell packed a marvelously rich variety of music into this work’s hour-long duration. Is there a more powerfully moving expression of resignation in the face of death? Its conciseness is an added bonus for a masterpiece that defined English opera for more than three centuries. Continue reading