Category Archives: Opera

Samuel Barber, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth, and Soprano Barbara Shirvis

If one were to take the combination of Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) “Adagio for Strings” and “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” for Soprano and Orchestra, op. 24, and Gustav Mahler’s (1860-1911) Symphony no. 4 in G major for Soprano and Orchestra at … Continue reading

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Interview: Soprano Dawn Upshaw

Soprano Dawn Upshaw has a voice as smooth and rich as dark chocolate, and clear and clean as spring water from a brook. The singer has been performing opera and concert repertoire for over 25 years, from the works of … Continue reading

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Why “The Elixir of Love” Makes Opera Appealing

There are many who scoff at the idea of listening to, let alone attending, an opera. They picture one of Wagner’s heavy pieces (his are all heavy, actually), and cover their ears at the thought of enduring such torture of … Continue reading

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