February 28, 2019

Donizetti's Il Campanello di Notte (The Night Bell) was so successful that its premiere was revived every year for a whole decade after it took place in 1836 at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples. Five days after its world premiere, it was performed at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Nowadays, the average opera aficionado has likely never heard of Campanello as it is rarely performed.

On the other hand, the extenuating personal and socio-economic circumstances under which this one-act farce was composed are...

February 7, 2019

Narrative storytelling sits at the heart of human existence. Professional sports would not exist were it not for the narratives we build around it. History is the narrative of what happened before us. Even the way we perceive our own lives is often through narrative. Sung theatre is just another medium for narrative, albeit one with a legacy of over 400 years. Why is it that opera is treated so differently than other forms of musical storytelling, specifically its closest analog, musical theatre?

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November 10, 2017

In the seventh scene of Mesdames de la Halle, we have two of the ladies—Madou and Beurrefondu—arguing over Ciboulette as to who’s child she is. Prior, Beurre discovered Ciboulette as an orphan who’s circumstances match her own, but Madou also had those same circumstances occur. They were both abandoned by their husbands eighteen years ago and their daughters were taken with them. In fits of rage, they argue that Ciboulette is the child of their own flesh and blood, but then they say something str...

October 27, 2017

This December, New Moon Opera will be performing the operas Bagatelle and Mesdames de la Halle by Jacques Offenbach. Mesdames de la Halle is rarely performed in the U.S., but it is done almost every year in France. Part of the reason may be because the opera takes places in the storied Les Halles, an open air market in the heart of Paris, which is held dear to Parisians and has been a source of discourse on how Paris should look for over a thousand years.

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