La Traviata: Life After The Photoshoot

    La Traviata

    Fascinated with the popularity of Natalie Dessay, I then decided to check out if she has done the role of Violetta in La Traviata. And I eventually discovered that she did at the Metropolitan Opera. I mentioned that in a previous article. Then again, the challenge usually lay in making an interesting version of one of the most performed operas

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    Rock of Ages: Why Karaoke Musicals?

    Rock of Ages

    It was only in recent years that got me stumbling across the term “karaoke musical” online. Perhaps because some musicals have decided to use popular music to fit into their scripts. It cannot be helped anyway with the success that Glee had, formats like this are expected to flourish. Do I sound like someone that has given up on some

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    La Traviata: Abandon Pleasure for Love

    La Traviata

    Remakes, reboots, revivals, reruns – why do we like recycling stories? Because not all versions get it right previously. And no matter how promising a story is, if a production falls flat in making the audience care about its characters, another production would try to get it right. No wonder some folks end up watching La Traviata (The Fallen Woman)

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    La Traviata: Opera as an Acid Dream

    La Traviata

    Opera in previous years made an effort to attract new audiences by modernizing its productions. It was a hit-or-miss thing since the purist crowd would still prefer seeing their favorite opera productions in period costumes and settings. But what if some folks went the Euro look? Some folks at the Opera Talk Facebook Group went as far as calling it

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    Otello: How Even The Mighty Fall to Rumors

    Otello

    Some composers like Giuseppe Verdi have instant material to work on once they turn to straight plays written by William Shakespeare. He may not have been the only composer to make an opera out of Shakespeare’s classic “Othello” but the bigger challenge is in trying to live up to such high expectations. Must be the marquee name that served as

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