Opera Review with Stixen Stones!

Stixen’s Spoiler-Rich Summary (It’s Puccini. The spoilers are from the last century. Calm down.) Do you enjoy operas? What about operas that involve falling off of towers, jealous girlfriends and a genuinely thrilling plot? Then Tosca is most definitely the opera for you. It’s got something for everyone, except for the youngsters in your life- […]

Cincinnati Opera: What to See

Summertime is opera time in Cincinnati, but this year things will be a little different. This summer the country’s second oldest opera company will be performing old favorites in a new home. While Music Hall is undergoing renovation, this season will be staged at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. As always, we will get […]

One Ring to Rule Them All

Tolkien’s one ring has been striking fear into the hearts of Hobbits and Geeks everywhere for sixty years. But what are the origins of the ring? Is it an invention of Tolkien’s imagination? Or did he borrow it, as he borrowed so much else, from classic myth? Meanwhile, this meme has been making the rounds, […]

December 23rd, 1893 – Hansel and Gretel, the Opera!

Hansel and Gretel (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy tale opera). The libretto was written by Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel“. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the […]

November 20th, 1805 – Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

On November 20th, 1805, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio premiered in Vienna.

This Day in History – March 14th, 1885

The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu) is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on March 14th, 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for […]

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