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Gregory Kunde is supposed to be singing in Europe.  

The internationally-acclaimed tenor had just finished a run as Jean de Leyde in Giacomo Meyerbeer's grand opera Le Prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin when the pandemic hit.

Now he finds himself at home in Rochester with time to clean the garage and croon his favorite Frank Sinatra standards.

Dave Jones, Empire West Photo

The characters in Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème start out as broad archetypes:  the moody poet, a fun-loving musician, a lonely young woman dreaming of love, a flirtatious party girl…

They're drawn in broad strokes, and it’s easy for everyone to see something of themselves, or their friends, in this group.

But as the cast of this summer’s Finger Lakes Opera production of La Boheme discussed – the opera’s true power lies in how all these characters change. 

Jorrell Williams says he found opera almost by accident in school music class, and found a love of both traditional roles and exciting new stories contemporary composers are approaching through opera. Elaine Alvarez heard opera from birth thanks to her music teacher mom, and she has remained in love with the "elemental communication" of music.

  Join WXXI for Classical 91.5 Presents, a series that spotlights classical music connections in film.

Classical 91.5 Presents...Pavarotti - a new documentary by Ron Howard telling the story of the legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti, with never-before-seen footage, interviews, and live performances - Saturday June 29th at The Little Theatre.

Musicians of Rochester: Katherine Ciesinski

May 3, 2019

I see myself as an educator, and over time I have also seen myself more broadly as a part of the healing community, that music is a healing force. My participation in music and my representation of a living entity, bringing music to life and engaging with audiences, is a healing act.

This is Professor Katherine Ciesinski.

Don Giovanni "In Brief"

Apr 5, 2019
Nic Minetor

In case you're thinking about going to see Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni, currently in production at the Eastman School of Music, I'm here to tell you that you don't want to miss it.

Both casts bring color, imagination, and elegance to this slightly unconventional production. I don't want to spoil too much for you, but Director Stephen Carr combines the old and the new to tie the theme of the opera to the current #MeToo movement, and Music Director Timothy Long leads a first-rate group of instrumentalists in the orchestra, both conducting and playing harpsichord continuo.

Jacquie Manning

What could be better than a night at the opera?  A night at the opera with dogs, of course!  Click here to read about the furry helpers enlisted to make going to the opera a more palatable experience in Austraia.  Dogs are protecting diners around the Sydney Opera House from "malicious, dive-bombing seagulls."

Maria by Callas is a documentary film on screen for a very limited run this week at The Little Theatre in Rochester. It is an intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer, Maria Callas, as told in her own words.  There are two screenings nightly through Dec. 14th

Witches, ghosts, and devils - these traditional fixtures of the halloween season are no strangers to the operatic stage. You can find witches advising Macbeth in Verdi's opera and ghosts of opera characters of old reanacting their tales in John Corigliano's Ghosts of Versaillesas well as plenty of devils in Gounod's Faust, Boito's Mefistofele, and others. 

A few operas really stand out to me as being particularly creepy, beyond the apperance of a touch of the supernatural. 

LA Opera on Air: Sailing Away for the Season

Oct 9, 2018

When Herman Melville first published Moby Dick, critics deemed it "not worthy the money asked for it." Almost 200 years later, Moby Dick remains an American classic--both in literature and in music. Join the LA opera as they perform Heggie's operatic interpretation of Melville's legendary work. 

1:00pm LA Opera on Air (last episode)

10/6      Heggie:  Moby-Dick (in English)