Friday, September 16, 2011

Cosi Fan Tutte

Cosi Fan Tutte, set in 18th century Italy, opens in a coffee shop, where two officers discuss the faithfulness of their fiancees. This faithfulness is to be tested in the rest of the opera, at the urging of their friend Don Alfonso.

You can read more about the opera here.

You can listen to the recording here.

Friday, September 9, 2011

La Traviata

Tonight's opera is the beautiful La Traviata. Here is the first scene, in which the party goes on while Violetta stays behind due to illness, and Alfredo stays behind to confess his love.

This is a truly wonderful opera. You can read about it here. And you really ought to see a production of it someday.

The soon-to-be-happy and then-to-be-unhappy and then-to-be-ever-so-briefly-happy-again couple: