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Archive for October 22, 2013

Verdi and Free Speech (not)

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Verdi was a dissident and everyone knew it. He, like many Italians, resented foreign claims on the Italian peninsula. Verdi himself was born in a region controlled by the French crown; even Milan, home to the celebrated opera house La Scala was under French rule

Flashback: Marian Anderson Steps into History

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On January 7, 1955 a glass ceiling shattered when Marian Anderson became the first African American singer to perform with the Metropolitan Opera. The famous American contralto sang “Ulrica,” the fortune teller in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. Less than a year later, Anderson sang on the recording

Un ballo in maschera – Libretto

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The Tuesday Night Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (8:00 PM). Verdi was fascinated by the assassination of the Swedish king Gustavus III. Around that account he spun a tale of lust, betrayal, and tragedy. Download the libretto here and tune in to WFMT at 8:00 PM on Tuesday. The broadcast features Dmitri more…