Riccardo Frizza is one of today’s foremost Italian conductors specializing in the Italian repertoire. He has appeared at all the great opera houses in the world and has interpreted many of the great works by Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, and Bellini. Recently, he was appointed the music director of the Donizetti Opera Festival and for his first assign...

“Wonderful elixir!  Thou art mine!  Oh, why cannot I enjoy its effects immediately?”  so says the lovesick  peasant Nemorino. Yet this elixir of love is hardly a perfect love potion for Valentine’s Day.  Instead, it is a scam whereby the scamp Dr. Dulcamara, knowing Nemorino’s desperate attempts to capture the noble lady Adina‘s heart, tricks him i...

Tacoma Opera’s production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” is scheduled to open Oct. 26. In addition to a great story, music and sets, the production promises lavish costume design. “The costumes for our production of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ are going to be absolutely stunning,” said Tacoma Opera Artistic Director Noel Koran. “They are being given to us by o...

Donizetti’s comic opera “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)” is one of tenor Joshua Collier’s top-five operas. “Every aria, every duet, every ensemble is tuneful,” he said recently by phone. “Donizetti could spin a melody better than anyone. It’s all very accessible. It’s genuinely funny — unlike a lot of operas. It is romantic. It is charming....

Andrea Cigni’s production of “Pia de’ Tolomei,” a 19th-century opera by Gaetano Donizetti that has its origins in Dante's "Purgatory," comes to the United States after playing limited engagements at three theaters in Italy in late 2017 and early 2018. While the opera in Charleston features a mostly new company of singers, Cigni’s production include...

Chicago Opera Theater — ‘Il Pigmalione & Rita’. When: 7:30 p.m. April 14 and 20 and 3 p.m. April 22. Where: Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan. Tickets: $45-$145. Info: www.chicagooperatheater.org Opera companies regularly schedule Gaetano Donizetti’s popular masterpieces like “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Don Pasquale.” But for its final 2017-18 off...

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents "Il Pigmalione" & "Rita," a double-bill that spans the life and career of one of opera's premier Bel Cantocomposers, Gaetano Donizetti. The two works will be woven together to create a cohesive theatrical production featuring the talents of Javier Abreu (Pigmalione/Beppe), Angela Mortellaro (Galatea/Rita) and Ke...

February 10 (Saturday) 12:00 pm. Metropolitan Opera: L'elisir d'Amore. Metropolitan Opera - 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan. https://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com L'Elisir d'Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies for almost two centuries. The story deftly combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character dev...

The final program of the 2016-17 season at Dorothea’s House will explore the operatic style known as “bel canto” on Sunday, April 30 at 5 p.m. Conductor Joseph Colaneri, musical director for The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., will present The Art of “Bel Canto” and the Italian Romantic Tradition. Colaneri will discuss the style’s histo...

Scotland, with its frequently dreary climate and its cold, foreboding castles, is a tailor-made locale for tales of conspiracies, jealous rivalries and nighttime murders. Macbeth and Mary, Queen of Scots are just two examples that come readily to mind.   Place the sad story of “Lucia di Lammermoor” in that setting, and you have all the eleme...