10 Operas You Need To Know From World Of OperaStep inside the world of opera and discover the same human foibles, joys and tensions of of everyday life, all set to some of the most compelling stories and most beautiful voices.
The tortured relationship between Carmen (mezzo-soprano Beatrice Uria-Monzon) and Don Jose (tenor Roberto Alagna) is at the center of one of opera's biggest blockbusters.
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The scheming Count Almaviva (Erwin Schrott, left) and Basilio the music master (Benjamin Bruns) prop up a swooning Susanna (Slyvia Schwartz), the object of the Count's nefarious affections.
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Mozart's premier creative partnership with Lorenzo Da Ponte produced a masterpiece for the ages, and one of the only successful sequels to an existing plot. This comic opera continues where playwrite Beaumarchais' The Barber Of Seville leaves off.
Even the few light-hearted moments in Berg's opera are surrounded by darkness. The disturbed Wozzeck (Georg Nigl) has horrific visions of knives and blood, which turn out to be prophetic.
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Execution, extortion, and exploitation. No, it's not an episode of Showtime's Dexter. It's Puccini's operatic thriller Tosca, which takes a surprisingly realistic approach to the passage of dramatic time with scenes of physical and psychological torture.
Though Pelléas (Yann Beuron) and Mélisande (Marta Márquez) do not explicitly discuss their love for each other until late in the opera, it smolders throughout the first three acts.
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Can opera be passionate without shrieking mad scenes and overstuffed choruses? The answer is yes, and Claude Debussy's subtle, dreamy psychological thriller proves it, in a production from German Opera On Rhein.