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La Forza del Destino – A Gripping Story of Honor, Love, Revenge, and Redemption

The plot of La Forza del Destino is really very simple.  Leonara and Don Alvaro are in love.  Alvaro kills Leonora’s father and brother.  He sends Leonora to her dying brother who kills her.  Of course, there are some extenuating circumstances … Continue reading »

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La Traviata – Getting It Right

Opera at Its best is a combination of music, acting, and a story.  Although music is generally considered the most important of these three, I look upon them all as essential.  And in the act of creation of an opera, the story usually comes first.  In 1852, Verdi saw the new play, Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas fils, walked out of the theatre saying that must be my next opera, and presented the first version of La Traviata only a year later.  Continue reading »

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La Boheme

. . . . a four-mile drive to Lucie Stern theater in Palo Alto, and there I was watching

LA BOHME
Puccini
October 24, 2009
West Bay Opera
Palo Alto, CA

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