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Oprah Winfrey's Advice to Lindsay Lohan: Don't Go to Europe

3087 days ago"It's hard to go to Capri and not have a Bellini," Winfrey said more info

Verdi to adapt Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? From the archive, 30 November 1893

3337 days ago
Guardian MusicPerhaps no play of Shakespeare has been the theme of so many musical compositions as the story of the Veronese loversShakespeare has long been a prolific quarry for the writers of opera librettos, and inasmuch as the fact of one composer having alrea... more info

Can anyone kill Gangnam Style?

3352 days ago
Guardian MusicIt's the cringe-proof dance that knows no shame. And it refuses to go awayGangnam Style (the video that's taken the – oh, you know what it is) is meant to be dead. Several times over.According to Time magazine, Gangnam first died in early October, ... more info

Review: Joyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell steal the show at San Francisco Opera

3397 days ago
Mercury News, CaliforniaJoyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell dazzle with bel canto song as Romeo and Giulietta in Vincenzo Bellini's 'The Capulets and the Montagues.' To hear these incredible singers in a hipster production, run -- don't walk -- to War Memorial Opera House. more info

Fall 2012 classical: Cal Performances hosts West Coast premiere of 'Einstein on the Beach'

3430 days ago
Mercury News, CaliforniaAlso: San Francisco Opera presents Bellini's 'The Capulets and the Montaguesand Jake Heggie's 'Moby-Dick.' more info

Bellini: Il Pirata – review

3512 days ago
Guardian MusicGiannattasio/Bros/Tézier/LPO/Parry (Opera Rara)Il Pirata made Bellini's name at its premiere in October 1827, a few days before his 26th birthday. A remarkable work, it contains, almost fully formed, the essence of both his preoccupations and style.... more info

Juan Diego Flórez – review

3541 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Albert Hall, LondonWhen Juan Diego Flórez first appeared in the Rosenblatt Recitals series in 2001, he sang at St John's, Smith Square, in London. He has subsequently stepped up to the much larger Royal Festival Hall, and now to the vast Alber... more info

Bellini. I just don't get it, Norma or no Norma...

3642 days ago
Guardian MusicI need help. What is there apart from empty rumty-tum, trivial jollity - well, and the odd good tune - in Bellini's bel canto operas?I remember when it happened, the first - and only - time I ever fell asleep in an opera. Jane Eaglen was on stage in ... more info

Norma – review

3642 days ago
Guardian MusicGrand, LeedsBellini's opera Norma is often regarded as the pinnacle of the bel canto period, when the virtuoso potential of the human voice stood unchallenged as the expressive centre of the medium. Its title role of the Druid priestess who has betr... more info

Sleep therapist Dr Ian Smith on La Sonnambula

3719 days ago
Guardian MusicBellini's views on somnanbulism are very much of his time – who thinks a sleepwalker is a phantom these days?At the performance of Bellini's opera I saw, something went wrong with the curtains: we were all sent trooping off to the bar while the cu... more info

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