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Mozart in a red coat

If you followed the previous episode of The Mozart Minute, then you likely wish to know how the birth of Wolfgang and Constanze’s firstborn turned out.

Mozart in a red coat

If you’ve ever known an expectant father, then you’ve probably witnessed that unique mixture of masculine responsibility, fear and uncontainable excitement that soon-to-be first-time dads seem to embody.

Wolfgang Mozart was no different during his wife, Constanze’s, first pregnancy, and the closer Constaze’s due date came, the greater Mozart’s obvious anticipation of the birth.

John Osborn as Rodrigo, Joyce DiDonato as Elena, and Juan Diego Flórez as Giacomo V in Rossini's "La Donna del Lago."
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

  The Metropolitan Opera presents Rossini’s La donna del Lago live from the Metropolitan Opera in HD on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m.

For a list of local theaters, including Lenox and Easton, go here:

Opera Abbreviated presents my, hopefully, pithy take on operas featured on the Met’s Live in HD series. Listen up!

Mozart in a red coat

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:

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?

Listen to the latest Opera Abbreviated episode above! The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus collaborates with Opera Columbus for two performances of Bizet's Carmen in the Ohio Theatre, Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 and 8 pm. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts.

This performance will be broadcast on the Columbus Symphony broadcast series May 18 at 1 pm. 

Carmen! What's not to love. She's comes down to us as a gypsy girl, hands on hip, rose in her teeth, a man killer, a harlot, the nightmare of every boy's Mama.

The Metropolitan Opera presents Rossini's La cenerentola.

La cenerentola takes some liberties with the story of Cinderella as we know her. This zany and delightful opera dates from 1818.

Successful performances depend on a spot-on conductor, a hunky tenor with lots of coloratura and a lovely mezzo-soprano with lots and LOTS of coloratura. This is what I mean by coloratura: