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    OTF - British Choral Works

    The musical life of Britain would be different in many ways if it were not for the British choral tradition: it is nourished as much by the music of renaissance Italy, baroque Germany, Enlightenment...
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    Verdi: Don Carlos (Sung in the original French)

    Let me pop out of my summer hiatus for one OTF post, this one in the “Old Switch-a-roo” tradition, looking at operas that are adapted in other languages.

    Some of us are familiar with Don Carlo, a...
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    OTF - Québec sait chanter

    This week’s OTF comes as many of my Quebec countrymen recover from their yearly celebrations of their National Holiday (June 24th). The title of today’s post, Québec sait chanter (loosely translated...
  4. OTF - Lélio ou le retour à la vie (Berlioz)

    Our second post in our series marking the Berlioz year considers a little programmed work (although it has been the subject of several concerts in this special year).

    The Berlioz discography, as I...
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    OTF - Roméo et Juliette (Berlioz)

    The great 19th century French composer Hector Berlioz holds a unique place in musical history. Far ahead of his time, he was one of the most original of great composers, but also an innovator as a...
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    OTF – Roméo et Juliette (Gounod)

    Written in 1597, Romeo and Juliet is probably William Shakespeare’s most celebrated play, and his pair of lovers have become a myth. Over the centuries, Romeo and Juliet has inspired all kinds of...
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    OTF - Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Mahler)

    Today’s OTF music share considers a second Mahler song cycle; last month, I shared the Kindertottenlieder and this week, it’s a broader cycle, composed in dribs and drabs over almost two decades and...
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    OTF - Christus am Ölberge

    OTF launches Holy Week with a pair of musical settings of aspects of the Passion.


    Christus am Ölberge (Christ at the Mount of Olives) is Beethoven's only sacred oratorio and represents a third...
  9. OTF – This Day in Music History, 31 March 1913

    This week’s OTF aims to re-create a historic concert that took place at the Great Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein on March 31st, 1913.

    On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly,...
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    OTF - Le docteur Miracle (Bizet)

    This time on OTF I’m sharing a recording I acquired a few years back, that was a bit of a mystery, turning out to be a pleasant surprise.

    For a few years, I subscribed to eMusic, an online...
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    OTF – Strauss’ Four Last Songs

    As I work at improving my footing on OperaLively after being away for so long, I thought that for this fortnightly post I would recycle a montage I originally shared on my blog podcast almost a year...
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    OTF - Plaisir d'amour

    The Return of OTF

    After a long hiatus (well-over a year), we are back with a healthy backlog of lyric shares for OperaLively devotees. Many of the shares I have planned, like today's - are part...
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    OTF - Der fliegende Holländer

    I haven't been posting muchrecently - more like once or twice a quarter... Time is simply not on my side, but as I have a few days off work for the Holidays, I thought I'd finally get around to...
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    OTF - The Old switch-a-roo

    Many years ago, the CBC broadcasted an Edmonton Opera performance of the Marriage of Figaro sung in English.

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    That what I thought, exactly!

    I won’t call it a cottage industry, but there...
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    OTF - L'heure Espagnole (Ravel)

    I don't quite know how my last post got corrupted... Take 2...

    Many times on OTF, I’ve tried to program one-act operas. I don’t mind monumental works (like Wagner’s Tristan we discussed last time)...
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    OTF - Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

    In June 2016, Hugo Shirley wrote a very interesting article for Gramophone titled “The opera that changed music”. The article opens with quotes from Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann and Edward Elgar as...
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    OTF – The Seasons (Haydn)

    It’s been an interminable winter it seems – after a few weeks of dry weather, we were swamped with 20 cm of snow this past week… Thank Goodness, spring is around the corner, and I thought I’d try and...
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    OTF – Il Trittico, Revisited

    For those of you who have followed this series over the last five years, you will notice that Puccini’s Trittico was the subject of a four-part series of posts in November-December 2012. Why, when...
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    OTF – La voix humaine

    As I am sure many of you were, I was saddened to read about the passing of French conductor Georges Prêtre a few days ago. In the obituary prepared by the Guardian, they write that



    To further...
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    OTF - The Creation (Haydn)

    For this installment of OTF, I thought I would continue our look at the works hosted by LiberMusica with an oratorio rather than an opera. This time of year, the oratorio of choice is Handel’s...
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    OTF - La Wally

    From a flood to an avalanche!

    This installment of OTF looks at Alfredo Catalani’s opera La Wally, in a recording I moined off the LiberMusica site. More on the performance later in this post.
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    OTF - Le Roi d'Ys

    This fortnight’s post is another of our ongoing series of “uncovered” works from the Italian site Liber Liber, and features another opera that, shall I say, takes us off the beaten path.

    The lost...
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    OTF - The “other” Bohème

    Before I get started with this post, I wanted to bring to your attention a site we explored in these pages before, that has undergone a bit of a facelift. It is the Italian Public Domain site Liber...
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    OTF - Schubert's Winterreise

    I‘m back… Sort of.
    I’ve not been active on OperaLively for several months now. As it turns out, I was over-extending myself on my many projects and platforms, and because I didn’t have much on the...
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    This montage will soon leave our Pod-O-Matic...

    This montage will soon leave our Pod-O-Matic rotation. You can always find it in our archives at https://archive.org/details/pcast211
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