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Mozart in a red coat
Wikipedia

In February 1783, Mozart was a happy newlywed, an expectant father and a brilliant composer in the dawn of what he knew could be an illustrious career. In short, everything was going perfectly well for Mozart.

Well, almost everything. At the time, Mozart was having a bit of a cash flow issue. The details are a bit sketchy, but it seems Mozart owed a debt to a merchant, who had decided to call in the loan. 

Anna Netrebko in the title role of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

 

We have two short operas on the same program for the next Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presentation, Saturday, February 14 at 12:30 pm.

 

Now then. These may not be the ideal operas for Valentines Day! Or maybe so if you’re weird.

Opera Abbreviated introduces Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle.

We have two short operas on the same program for the next Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presentation, Saturday, February 14 at 12:30 pm.

Now then. These may not be the ideal operas for Valentines Day! Or maybe so if you're weird.

Opera Abbreviated introduces Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle. You can see and hear the Met live in HD in the Columbus area at a number of participating movie theatres. Check out Fantom Events' website for a full list.

David Danzmayr in front of the Columbus skyline
Rick Buchanan

At one time, Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Wagner were friends – kind of in an Odd Couple sort of way. Wagner would complain about someone’s conducting, Mendelssohn would think it was great. No word on who was the neat one and who was the slob. I shall keep my opinion to myself.

Les contes d'Hoffmann/The Tales of Hoffmann is presented live in HD in movie theaters around the world on January 31 at 1pm. For a list of Columbus area theaters presenting the Met live in HD, checkout Fathom Events website.

What kind of guy falls in love with a greedy courtesan, a sickly soprano and a bot, all in the same opera?

The Metropolitan Opera presents Franz Lehar's delicious The Merry Widow carried live in HD throughout the world, this Saturday at 1 pm.

Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehar has been an operetta sensation since its premiere in 1905. Within a year The Merry Widow turned up in London, and settled for a long run on Broadway, the first of several.

Here's my abbreviated take on Wagner's Die Meistersinger. You can hear this opera for free on Classical 101 live from the Metropolitan on Saturday, December 13 at noon, or watch it in HD in select movie theaters around town.

The full title of Richard Wagner's only comedy is Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Comedy and Richard Wagner don't go together.

The Metropolitan Opera presents a new production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro live in HD in cinemas worldwide on Saturday, October 18 at 1.30 p.m. For  more information, check here:

http://www.metopera.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx?nav=top

Opera Abbreviated is a brief podcast designed to acquaint you with the operas being presented in the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series, shown in movie theaters worldwide. This link includes a search function to help you find a local participating cinema.

OPERA PROJECT COLUMBUS presents Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (Clowns) at the Jewish Center of Columbus on Saturday June 14 and Sunday the 15. Alessandro Siciliani conducts. Your obedient servant, the chubby, elderly broadcaster Christopher Purdy, directs the opera.

Listen to the Opera Abbreviated new Pagliacci edition! Get more information at Opera Project Columbus' website. Shameless plug then, okay?

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