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A “Threepenny” production to take on the road

Pepperdine University's Theatre Department has just presented a short four-performance run of the classic.

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New opera “Fallujah”: Heartbreaking look at war and PTSD online now

It is the first opera written about the Iraq War, and it is highly worthwhile.

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“Rosenkavalier”: A still-felt operatic kiss to a dying empire

"The Chevalier of the Rose," which premiered in Dresden in 1911, is Richard Strauss's best known and most loved opera.

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“I kill a man…/I love a man…”: The Emile Griffith jazz opera

Of the hundreds of opera performances I have attended over a lifetime, rarely have I been so emotionally stirred as I was by this one.

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A new opera focuses on Frau Schindler of “List” fame

In three acts, the opera features more than 20 roles, plus chorus, in scenes that alternate between the Schindler home and the factory.

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“Moby-Dick”: Melville’s masterpiece gets an operatic treatment

Although it has some fishy alterations, this is a mind-blowing production.

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Today in history: Beethoven's opera "Fidelio" in Berlin, 1945

"A political prisoner's wife goes undercover, infiltrates the family of the prison guard and frees her husband from a secret dungeon just as the tyrant is about to kill him."

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Two kids reclaim the world in new opera “Second Nature”

May "Second Nature" find a second production in another community soon. It's a remarkable work.

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San Francisco Opera scores a hit with "Two Women"

Listening to Tutino's opera one can imagine that this is what a Puccini of today might be writing: expert and sophisticated, while also aiming for popularity and acceptance.

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Opera company makes history, casts black singers in "Don Carlo"

When King Philip II faces off against the Grand Inquisitor in "Don Carlo," they won't just be portraying history, they'll be making it.

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