Metropolitan Opera Simulcast: Lucia di Lammermoor

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/arts/music/26lucia.html The Metropolitan Opera presented the final performance of a run of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor for its March 19 HD simulcast.    Director Mary Zimmerman incorporated a ghostly apparition during Lucia's aria, "Regnava nel silenzio" - not outlined in the score - but as a reference to the Walter Scott novel.  It was haunting and effective to see as Lucia tells [...]

This Week at the Royal Opera House…

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/music/is-anna-nicole-smith-worthy-of-an-opera/article1910008/ Above is an article about the new opera Anna Nicole by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas which premieres in London this week.  It's surprising that such an esteemed baritone, Gerald Finley, would agree to be part of the cast and makes me wonder what the music is like.