Saturday Afternoon at the Opera http://tpr.org en Verdi’s Indestructible Masked Ball: 'Un Ballo in Maschera' http://tpr.org/post/verdi-s-indestructible-masked-ball-un-ballo-maschera <p>Few, if any, operas can bear comparison with the gestation, preparation and final execution of Giuseppe Verdi’s <em>"Un Ballo in Maschera."</em> It is the work that definitively closes his middle period; preceded by <em>"Traviata,"</em> <em>"Rigoletto,"</em> and <em>"Il Trovatore"</em> and followed by his supreme masterworks <em>"Don Carlo," "Aida," "Otello"</em> and <em>"Falstaff."</em></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:27:40 +0000 Ron Moore 2885 at http://tpr.org Verdi’s Indestructible Masked Ball: 'Un Ballo in Maschera' The Season Finale: Franz Josef Haydn’s 'Orlando Paladino' http://tpr.org/post/season-finale-franz-josef-haydn-s-orlando-paladino <p>At one time Franz Josef Haydn had the best and worst job in the world. From his earliest youth he had found his way into the employ of the Eszterhazy family. Once he settled in, and with the exception of the rare argument, this arrangement (1761-1802) continued into his final retirement from ill health. He started with Prince Paul Anton (Pal Antal 1711-1762) first as assistant Kapellemeister and then the top post. But after that patron’s death his real compositional life began.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:47:27 +0000 Ron Moore 2538 at http://tpr.org The Season Finale: Franz Josef Haydn’s 'Orlando Paladino' A Holiday Special, J.S. Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://tpr.org/post/holiday-special-js-bachs-st-matthew-passion <p></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:42:09 +0000 Ron Moore 2105 at http://tpr.org A Holiday Special, J.S. Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' One Of The Greatest Operas Ever Written: Wagner’s 'Parsifal' http://tpr.org/post/one-greatest-operas-ever-written-wagner-s-parsifal <p>Richard Wagner’s <em>Parsifal,</em> his final opera, was created in parallel with his greatest creations including <em>The Ring</em> and <em>Tristan. </em>Beginning in the 1850’s, its prose and poetry was returned to over and over again in first and second drafts, and was finally orchestrated and presented in 1882; it occupied over a quarter century in Wagner’s creative life. The work was scored with the acoustics of the newly built Bayreuth in mind and has one of the oddest operatic history’s imaginable. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:48:35 +0000 Ron Moore 1837 at http://tpr.org One Of The Greatest Operas Ever Written: Wagner’s 'Parsifal' One Of Giuseppe Verdi's Greatest, 'Don Carlo' http://tpr.org/post/one-giuseppe-verdis-greatest-don-carlo <p>There are essentially two versions of <em>Don Carlo</em> for Giuseppe Verdi. I don't mean that one is in French and the other Italian. Historians and musicologist are manic about the fact that this is untrue; however, there is a work, <em>Don Carlos</em> (francophone's are insistent on this), originally written in French for the Paris Opera that was so vast (5 hrs and change, they say), and it's richness so prodigal, that it obscured the works greatness. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:44:11 +0000 Ron Moore 1473 at http://tpr.org One Of Giuseppe Verdi's Greatest, 'Don Carlo'