Opera Essays

The Opera Guild of Rochester writes short articles about the operas and distributes them before local performances, such as MET HD Broadcasts. Just click on the link to download and read or print.

L'Elisir d'Amore - Mixing an Elixir: A Bubbly Cocktail of "Upper-Attic" Fun Flyer
Tosca - Tosca and Napoleon Flyer
Die Zauberflöte - Mozart's Magic Flyer
Bellini's Norma Words Set to Music: The Inspired Collaboration of Vincenzo Bellini & Felice Romano Flyer
Pushkin, Tchaikovsky and Eugene Onegin Flyer
Mozart's Idomeneo - Idomeno's Vow Flyer
Verdi's La Traviata - The Original Traviata: The True Story of Marie Duplessis Flyer
Dvořák's Rusalka Flyer
Gounod's Roméo et Juliette - Religious and Romantic Sensiblity Flyer
Verdi's Nabucco Flyer
Don Giovanni - Mozart: The Man and the Myth Flyer
Tristan und Isolde Flyer
Elektra - Richard Strauss, Hugo von Hofmannstahl, and a Change of Style Flyer
Donizetti's Roberto Devereux - The Myth of Donizetti’s Three Queens Flyer
Puccini's Madama Butterfly Flyer
Giacomo Puccini and Giulio Ricordi: An Opera Partnership Flyer
Pucciniís Turandot - The Persecuted Servant Girl and the Opera That Didnít Get Finished Flyer
The Pearl Fishers - Georges Bizet - Independent But Troubled Spirit Flyer
Alban Berg's Lulu Flyer
Wagner's Tannhäuser Flyer
Verdi's Il Trovatore Flyer
Verdi's Otello - Iago: Portrait of Deception Flyer
Double Bill - Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci Flyer
Rossini's La Donna del Lago - Isabella Colbran: Rossini's Muse Flyer
Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle Flyer
Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann Flyer
Lehar's The Merry Widow - A Night at the Operetta Flyer
La Mogador - Was “La Mogador” Carmen? Flyer
Verdi's Macbeth - Verdi Sets Shakespeare’s Play Flyer
Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Background to the Composition of the Opera Flyer
Rossini's The Barber of Seville - Evviva l’opera buffa! (Hurray for buffa!) Flyer