Category Archives: Opera

Week 12: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Opera was invented at the beginning of the Baroque period, around 1600, but the first flowering of indisputably great works came with Mozart. He composed about a dozen, but there are four that are absolutely crucial: The Marriage of Figaro, … Continue reading

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Week 6: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is your perfect starter opera. It is in English, it’s not very long, and it is drop-dead gorgeous. What more could you want? Composed for performance at a girls’ school at the end of the … Continue reading

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