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Fidelio: Beethoven's Only Opera

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Beethoven is a household name. Known for his incredible symphonies and concertos, he is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. His music has inspired people and remained an incredible influence on many great composers for centuries. One of his many great works is his only opera, Fidelio.  The German libretto was originally prepared by Joseph Sonnleithner, and the work premiered at ... » Continue Reading

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Suffrage, Sexuality, Disability, and Composition - A Reflection of Dame Ethel Smyth

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Beethoven. Widely known and revered. For a good reason. One of the things he is notable for is how he composed while being Deaf. It is no shock that in a man's world, he shall be a renowned household name while others seem to fall into obscurity. After all, he was not the only Deaf composer. Not by far. Yet many others just aren't recognized.  If you google Deaf composers, her name has to be fough... » Continue Reading

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QOOTM: Un ballo in maschera - March 2024

Category: Music

Welcome to my first ever Queer Opera of the Month (or as I've dubbed it for easier typing, QOOTM) post. Every month I will cover a different opera with queer history and context behind it, going over the plot, history, music, and impact. For the very first edition, I'm going to be covering Verdi's Un ballo in maschera . I'm actually currently working on music from this opera, so I hold it close to... » Continue Reading

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Opera and Race: Aida

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Before I start this, I would like to preface: I am a white male. As such, I have privilege, and lack the understanding and experience of people of colour. I acknowledge this and thusly aim to write this not to speak over the voices of people of colour, but to bring knowledge to this topic and open the conversation, especially for people it impacts.  What I would like to talk about today is the iss... » Continue Reading

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Sapho: Charles Gounod's First and Failure Opera

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Charles Gounod, French composer of 12 operas. His most popular, still highly performed to this day are Faust and Roméo et Juliette. These were made later in his career, after multiple commercially failing operas. The first one was Sapho. Premiering on the 16th of April, 1851 at the Salle Le Peletier opera house, home of the Paris Opera until its destruction in 1873, Sapho is an opera in 3 acts. In... » Continue Reading

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