Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale Plot Things to look out for Don Pasquale is the first Comic Opera without Secco recitatives. About the librettist Something about Don Pasquale It is claimed that this exquisite Bel Canto opera was written in only 11 days. That could be true but one should consider the use of old, already-written material, something … Read more

La Cenerentola – Cinderella

La cenerentola

La Cenerentola vs Cinderella Plot Things to watch out for The voices How to write a two and a half hours opera in three weeks. La Cenerentola – Cinderella. Rossini’s opera is a candy bag of musical fireworks. We all know the story. Young girl being forced to serve as a maid in her own … Read more

Eugene Onegin

eugene onegin

Tchaikovsky vs Pushkin Plot What to look out for About the voices Tchaikovsky’s disastrous marriage  How Pushkin was turned into opera. In the spring of 1877, Pyotr Tchaikovsky found himself at the home of Yelizaveta Lavrovskaya in Moscow. Yelizaveta was a mezzo-soprano much appreciated by the Russian public and a dear friend of Tchaikovsky.  The … Read more

Il Trovatore – The troubadour

Manrico and Leonora

Il Trovatore – The Troubadour Why Il Trovatore needs a little more preparation on your part. Plot Things to look out for The voices La Trilogia Popolare – The Popular Trilogy. Together with Rigoletto, and La Traviata, Il Trovatore is part of what is called La Trilogia Popolare. Verdi never labeled them that, and he … Read more



Pagliacci The legal case that was the base for the story. Plot What to look out for. How Enrico Caruso conquered the world. Pagliacci is Leoncavallo’s most famous opera. The composer stroke big at his very first attempt. Just think that his second most performed opera is La Bohème. Yes, the same story as Puccini’s … Read more

Cavalleria Rusticana

the death kiss

Cavalleria Rusticana What happened before the day of the opera. Plot Things to look out for Santuzza, soprano or mezzo-soprano? Italian verismo Mascagni’s masterpiece. In 1880, the short story Cavalleria Rusticana was published in the Sunday edition of Il Fanfulla. The usage of a colored and extended version of the paper on Sundays was a … Read more


Nabucco When Italy became a nation Plot Things to look out for The voice of Abigail Verdi’s first real success. Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years when he wrote Nabucco. He came from two previous operas that premiered at La Scala… A well-received Oberto, Conte di San Bonifaci and a complete fiasco with the comedy Un … Read more

Cosi fan tutte.

The mesmerizing stone - Ainhoa Garmendia as Despina

Cosi fan Tutte The opera is set in Naples Plot What to look out for About the opera An opera with a strange voice combination. The basic idea is very simple. Two young men make a bet on the faithfulness of their respective women. And of course, they lose. Thus the title. “Cosi fan tutte” … Read more

L’elisir d’amore – The elixir of love.

the elixir of love

L’Elisir d’amore – The elixir of love Plot What to look out for The voice requirements What is Bel Canto? Two operas. One in Italian and one in French. In 1831, on June 15th, in Paris, there was an important premiere of a brand new opera by the renowned composer Daniel François Esprit Auber. The … Read more


La Scala 1926

Turandot The death of the great opera Plot What to look out for Choosing Calaf and Turandot How Puccini died The ending of the opera On the evening of April 25, 2026, a huge crowd was gathered inside and outside of Teatro alla Scala in Milan. This wasn’t only a new opera by the most … Read more