Posts Tagged 'Chautauqua Opera'

Review: ‘Baby Doe’ remains relevant through Chautauqua Opera’s remarkable staging

Review: ‘Baby Doe’ remains relevant through Chautauqua Opera’s remarkable staging

If Douglas Moore is no longer a name to inspire even a flicker of recognition, then his signature work, The Ballad of Baby Doe, still has a place in the collective consciousness of opera buffs. After all, no less a soprano than Beverly Sills turned the piece into a star vehicle two years after its 1956 premiere, and no less a label than Deutsche Grammophon made a recording — back when making a recording meant something.

Back to Brescia: Opera Company to embrace unique version of Puccini classic ‘Madam Butterfly’

Back to Brescia: Opera Company to embrace unique version of Puccini classic ‘Madam Butterfly’

Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1904. Giacomo Puccini, the day after marrying his beloved Elvira, waits backstage during the premiere of his opera, Madam Butterfly. Instead of applause and admiration, Puccini receives boos and laughter, fits of derision from the audience. The soft bird songs set to accompany the sunrise scene are matched with sounds of mooing and rooster crows. A mortified Puccini leaves Milan to revise Butterfly in Brescia, Italy.