Program Notes

The Amazon – The World of Florencia

Posted by Carol Anderson in Program Notes

The vast expanse of the Amazon River is the setting for the story of Florencia en el Amazonas. The Amazon itself is an astounding ecosystem vital to the survival of our planet. Covering approximately 30% of the landmass of South America, the Amazon River accounts…

Trovatore and Tradition

Posted by Paula Fowler in Program Notes

By the time Verdi began writing operas in the 1830s, the art form of opera had been around for centuries, so people arrived at the theatre with specific expectations. Among the elements generally anticipated were a big chorus scene to open the show, major act-ending…

Verdi and the Cult of 19th Century Personality

Posted by Jeff Counts in Program Notes

FAIR WARNING TO PURISTS: POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE COMPARISONS TO FOLLOW. If Franz Liszt was the 19th century Elvis, then Giuseppe Verdi was their Andrew Lloyd Webber (see above). The stories of Liszt’s rock star persona and swoon-inducing concerts are legion (and possibly a bit exaggerated, but…

Snake Oil

Posted by Jeff Counts in Program Notes, Uncategorized

By the time Gaetano Donizetti wrote L’elisir d’amore, all of the nagging questions regarding his talent had been answered. It may be hard to imagine the reputation of Verdi’s most direct forebear in doubt for even a moment, let alone a decade, but there was…