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  1. Four Overtures by Charles Strouse

    Any serious fan of Broadway musicals has no doubt heard that the three greatest overtures are those for Gypsy, Funny Girl, and Candide. It is true that these overtures are all uncommonly creative in their blending of melodies from the respective shows’ scores, though I half-suspect the Candide one is “the greatest” mainly because Leonard Bernstein wrote it. De rigeur for Broadway musicals since the 1920’s at least, the overture fell somewhat out of fashion from the 1960’s onward; Charles

    Updated Oct-12-2019 at 21:40 by Bellinilover

    Classical Music , Composers , Non-Classical Music , Opera

    Birgit Nilsson as Elektra, 1960's

    Elektra and Carrie

    In April 1988 the musical version of Stephen King’s Carrie began a chaotic series of previews at Broadway’s Virginia Theatre; the show never opened officially and for years was best remembered from author Ken Mendelbaum’s descriptions of it in his funny, insightful study of failed Broadway musicals, Not Since Carrie (1991). According to Mendelbaum,

    Updated Jun-25-2019 at 04:34 by Bellinilover

    Tags: musicals, opera
    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Opera
  3. A Look Back at Paramount's WUTHERING HEIGHTS and the BBC's JANE EYRE

    Despite my love for Strauss and late Verdi, early-Romantic bel canto opera is my favorite. If Bellini's operas and many of Donizetti's will never be wildly popular, if Verdi's Attila will never be played as often as his Aida, then Verdi's last bel canto-like works (La Traviata in particular) are among his most popular today. I'd venture a guess that most people like Beethoven's music, and that Rossini's music pleases so many because it's similarly rhythmic; the musicologist Robert Greenberg once

    Updated Mar-27-2018 at 21:16 by Bellinilover

    Classical Music , Opera , Visual Arts , Literature
  4. A Tale of Two TOSCAs

    From its stern and then scurrying opening measures and its several, famous, semi-spoken lines (Tosca: "Non posso piu"; "Quanto?...Il prezzo"; "Questo e il bacio di Tosca"; "E avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma"), to its tense second act and tragic third, Puccini's Tosca (1900) is to opera-goers so familiar as to be almost a cliché. This writer can hear the whole work, from start to finish, in her mind's ear; "definitive" renditions like the 1953
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    Updated Apr-12-2018 at 20:14 by Bellinilover

    Classical Music , Conductors , Opera , Recorded Music
  5. A Tenor on Broadway

    A Tenor on Broadway:
    An Evaluation of Jerry Hadley's CD Standing Room Only

    Jerry Hadley (1952-2007) was a rare kind of opera tenor. Famous at the Metropolitan Opera and other major houses in a repertoire that ranged from Mozart, Massenet, and the lighter Verdi roles to Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, he habitually sang songs from Broadway musicals; these songs form a sizable part of his recorded legacy, and in general he sounded completely at home in them. When Leonard
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    Updated Jun-21-2019 at 02:06 by Bellinilover

    Tags: broadway, tenors
    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Singers , Opera , Recorded Music
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