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    Back to Bach - Vocal Works

    Although this may sound quite simplistic, we can divide the bulk of Bach’s vocal works
    into two great categories: sacred and secular works. Though Bach didn't compose
    operas, he did compensate by...
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    Menotti Double Bill

    The post that originally accompanied today's share explored the opera phenomenon in the context of accessibility, and the pair of operas composed in the mid-1940s by Menotti are fine examples of this...
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    Porgy and Bess

    Porgy and Bess has been the subject of many so-called “concept albums”, some of which have had snippets shared on past montages over the years. Two seminal concept albums – both from jazz legends...
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    Afro-American Opera

    This week is "Operation Opera" on our daily podcast, and the next two shares this week hover around the 85th anniversary of the first performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

    If Porgy is without...
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    OTF - Ballet and Opera

    Note to all - this week on my daily podcast, I am featuring "Operation Opera", a series of five musical shares dedicated to opera, opera music and a few complete operas. This post discusses the first...
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    Bruckner Dressed to the Nines

    Bruckner knew he might not live to complete his ninth symphony and suggested his Te Deum be played at the end of the concert. The presence in the sketches of the figuration heard in quarter-notes at...
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    OTF - Two 20th Century Choral Works

    Going through my past posts, I discovered that this nearly 4 year-old musing wasn't shared here. As part of my podcasting channel's choral weekend, time to remedy the situation!

    Vaughan Williams...
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    British Choral Works

    To mark "Last Night of the Proms", I chose to recycle a podcast we shared here last year.

    The musical life of Britain would be different in many ways if it were not for the British choral...
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    OTF - Grande Messe des Morts

    Today's OTF was chosen to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Hector Berlioz's 1837 Grande Messe des Morts ("Great Mass for the Dead," often referred to as...
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    Weill: The Threepenny Opera

    A milestone of 20th century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera rolls on unstoppably into the 21st. In their opera "by and for beggars", Weill and Brecht transformed old-fashioned opera and...
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    Mozart's Die Zauberflöte

    The plot here is more akin to a fairy tale than to a romantic comedy: a noble prince is ordered by the mysterious Queen of the Night to rescue a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped. We are...
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    OTF - Anpnymous

    As I was going through my notes on past posts, I was surprised to discover I had not shared this particular musing and montage on this forum. I guess this is a nice topic to share as my first...
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    Schubet: Winterreise

    W on the musical alphabet is for Winterreise (Winter Journey), a song cycle setting 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller to music. It is the second of Schubert's two great song cycles on Müller's poems (with...
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    Verdi's Aida

    This 1952 vintage recording of Verdi's masterpiece features three principals who were widely regarded in the world of Italian opera as the leading exponents of their roles and it seems extremely...
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    L'Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti)

    Divine convergence (?) has conspired for a recent poll about Donizetti operas to coincide with my long-planned re-post of my musings on Donizetti's dramma giocoso L'elisir d'amore. Composed in less...
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    Dialogues des Carmélites

    Dialogues des Carmélitesexplores the drama surrounding the Carmelites of Compiegne, sixteen Carmelite nuns (cloistered) sentenced to death in July 1794 by the Revolutionary Tribunal on the grounds of...
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    Mahler in Boston

    The two conductors featured today reined upon the Boston Symphony Orchestra for a combined almost 40 years during the latter half of the 20th Century: Charles Munch and Seiji Ozawa.

    Alsatian...
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    Cowboy Classics

    Though the Calgary Stampede cannot be celebrated in a traditional way this year, Stampede Spirit can’t be cancelled!

    As we discussed in our original post introducing today’s montage, the cowboy...
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    The Daily Podcast Backlog

    I thought I’d launch by sifting through the titles currently posted on the podcasting channel – exceptionally, I will keep the below titles on the roster until July 15, after which I will be rotating...
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    OTF - Short Stories Edition

    Greetings from your “On Again, Off Again” OperaLively contributor.

    Proud to say I’m “On Again”.

    It’s been nearly a year since I last contributed to these pages. Work, life and other competing...
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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...
  24. 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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