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Classical Notes: January 25, 2010 Archive

Minnesota Opera Gets it Right

Posted at 8:14 PM on January 25, 2010 by John Birge
Filed under: In the media

Anne Midgette, classical critic of The Washington Post, highlights Minnesota Opera as a success story. She gives credit to "staying true to artistic soul" in the recession, and she calls Minnesota Opera unique in its investment in new opera. You can listen to Anne's comments here.

And to whet your appetite for this week's MN Opera opening of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, check out the great Slovak soprano as Queen Elisabeth going to pieces in the final scene of the opera. Out of jealousy, she's ordered the execution of the (much-younger) man she loves, and "wigs out" -- literally! -- in a tidal wave of remorse and resignation to her age and her fate. Watch through the 4-minute mark! Then continue to the end to relish the transformation on the face of the new heir-apparent, James of Scotland:

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