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Trash talk gets Cui nowhere: World Cup of Composers

Tchaikovsky bitchifies Cui in a lopsided Russian affair.

Time to visit Russia again for another elimination round. In the first match Chesnokov knocked Kabalevsky out. The remaining Russian ...

Fatal stabbing before the sex

Tosca stabs Scarpia before he sticks her.

Does sexual attraction count for love when we’re adding depth to opera characters? Yes! Remember that the first guidepost is ...

Looking for love in all the places

When it comes to opera we've got to see the love everywhere.

Have you ever seen a movie or a play and thought the characters were superficial and lacking depth? Let me ...

Russians First Match: World Cup of Composers

The educator Kabalevsky versus the choral master Chesnokov.

The Russians didn’t really participate in the Renaissance or the Baroque periods of music in the same way the rest ...

Mother Russia enters the World Cup of Composers

Russia has a deeper field of competitors than we might have expected.

Before we get to the Russians let’s recap what has happened so far in the World Cup of Composers. The ...

Conclusion of Italian first round

Bel canto composers square off in the final match of round one in Italy.

Now for the square off of the bel canto specialists, Donizetti vs. Bellini. The bel canto style of Italian Opera ...

World Cup of Composers: more Italians

Verdi squashes Monteverdi in the most lopsided match thus far.

Since we’ve got Puccini done, let’s look at the other two important Italian verismo composers Mascagni and Leoncavallo. Mascagni has ...

World Cup of Composers: Italians

Puccini, Rossini, and Vivaldi headline the opening day of the Italian campaign.

With Cavalleria Rusticana still fresh, let’s get the Italian competition started for the World Cup of Composers. The first pairing ...

Cavalleria gives hope and coupons

The Pacific Lyric Association production had a fresh approach and the cookie coupons.

Let’s talk a little bit about the Cavalleria Rusticana I went to on June 30th in Poway. You could feel ...

World Cup of Composers: The Italians

The Italian composers are ready to lock "horns".

With the French we had a robust 19th Century presence in their first round of the World Cup of Composers. ...

Cavalleria Rusitcana in Poway

A production of this famous Italian opera with local singers.

Cavalleria Rusticana is, note for note--start to finish, the most beautiful opera ever written. Lohengrin and Butterfly give it a ...

Day two of the French

Some of France's heavy hitters were in action today trying to make the second round.

Continuing with the matches to determine the French composer of all French composers we have Godard versus Offenbach. This was ...

World Cup: French round one, day one.

Could Mickey Mouse defeat Romeo and Faust? Day one of the World Cup of Composers.

The French are going to be kicking off the World Cup of Compsers. Let’s take a look at the combatants. ...

The World Cup of Classical Composers

Who is the greatest composer of all time? We're going to have a competition and settle this once and for now. I would say settle it once and for all but that's just silly.

We are going to have a classical composer world series or, I guess, world cup would be more appropriate given ...

Opera fathers

Fathers in opera aren't the greatest.

I went to see Man of Steel on Father’s Day with my dad and kids. A big part of the ...

Sinfonia da give me a break

The back story on Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem.

I had mentioned that there was a somewhat interesting story about the creation of Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem so ...

La Jolla Symphony: Transcendent (2 of 2)

*Dona nobis pacem* was a singular performance in the stream of San Diego music.

There have been some great collaborations between literary types and composers: Richard Strauss and von Hofmannsthal, Mahler and Ruckert, Mozart ...

La Jolla Symphony: A happy introduction (1 of 2)

The La Jolla Symphony Chorus gave a convincing argument for the merits of Schoenberg.

The La Jolla Symphony did it to me again. Previously the La Jolla Symphony had got me fired up about ...

La Jolla Symphony Finale

The finale concert of the season looks like a good one in La Jolla.

The final concert of La Jolla Symphony’s season is this weekend at Mandeville Auditorium on the campus of UCSD. There ...

Too late to run a 5K at UCSD

The Triton 5K to benefit scholarship funds is sold out.

The UCSD Triton 5K is sold out for Saturday, June 8th. The 5K supports scholarships for students and has raised ...

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