Researching Cosi fan tutte for my Opera News review next month...I love this contemporary version of "Ah, guarda, sorella" from the 2009 Salzburg production - conceived by Claus Guth.
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 [...]
Opera is a music drama in which all dialogue is sung. Gershwin used the operatic convention of recitative within his Porgy and Bess in order to forward the plot of the opera. Bess' brief aria "What you want wid Bess?" is preceded by sung dialogue with her old boyfriend, the drug addict and murderer, Crown. This [...]
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.