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October 20, 2011

Classical New York 3.0

Julian Sachs
Peter Mattei as Don Giovanni and Luca Pisaroni as Leporello in Mozart's "Don Giovanni." Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

For the third consecutive year, i-Italy is taking a look at things Italian at the Met and beyond in New York. This month we have new productions of "Anna Bolena" and "Don...

April 27, 2011

Week of the Titans

Julian Sachs
Photo: CSO/Todd Rosenberg
Riccardo Muti, Krassimira Stoyanova, Aleksandrs Antonenko and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus following Friday night's performance of Verdi's "Otello" at Carnegie Hall

With the spring season heading to its conclusion, two of the greatest conductors alive, James Levine and Riccardo Muti, led their orchestras to success during an intense week of...

April 7, 2011

The Good Stuff. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato Stars at the Met and at NYU

Julian Sachs

A Conversation with Joyce DiDonato from Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò on Vimeo.

The complete footage of the conversation between Fred Plotkin and Joyce DiDonato at NYU.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is in town performing in Rossini's "Le Comte Ory" and Strauss' "Ariadne Auf Naxos" at the Met. On March 30 she was at NYU to talk about her work and...

March 21, 2011

Opera Stats

Julian Sachs
The Vienna State Opera

While protests rise in Italy against the huge government cuts to the Fondo Unico per lo Spettacolo, numbers are out to shed some light on Italy's role in today's world of opera

March 1, 2011

The Art of Singing Verdi. A Lecture by Fred Plotkin

Julian Sachs
Fred Plotkin speaking at NYU's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU) began its celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unification with a lecture on the art of singing the works of Giuseppe Verdi,...

February 22, 2011

A "Cervello in Fuga" Around the World. An Interview with the LSO's Lorenzo Iosco

Julian Sachs
Julian Sachs
A promotional video of Valery Gergiev speaking about performing Mahler with the LSO

An interview with Principal Bass Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra Lorenzo Iosco

December 9, 2010

Puccini’s 100-Year-Old Girl

Julian Sachs
Met general manager Gatti-Casazza, David Belasco, Toscanini and Puccini at the time of the world premiere of La Fanciulla del West © T.P./Lebrecht Music & Arts 2010

2010 marks the centennial of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, premiered in New York. The Italian Cultural Institute celebrated by hosting a panel of experts and announcing the...

November 1, 2010

Classical New York 2.0

Julian Sachs
Julian Sachs
A scene from Wagner's "Das Rheingold" in Robert Lepage's production. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

For our first piece of this season, the ups and downs of the first month of operas at the Met. Plus, what we can look forward to in November.

September 29, 2010

New 'Adventures' with Fred Plotkin

Julian Sachs

As the classical music scene in New York picks up where it left off three months ago, opera expert Fred Plotkin leads the fourth season of talks, Adventures in Italian Opera, at...

April 30, 2010

Ending it With a Blast

Julian Sachs
Act I of Mary Zimmerman's new production of Rossini's "Armida" at the Met

The final weeks of the 2009-2010 season, with new productions and repertoire, Muti's final concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Pollini's all-Chopin recitals.

March 31, 2010

Classical Springtime

Julian Sachs
Zeffirelli's Paris in "La Boheme", at the Met since 1981.

March offered us new and old productions at the Met, the reprise of "Madama Butterfly" at New York City Opera, and two Muti programs with the Philharmonic. April promises lots of...

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