Author Archives: Tim Michaels

About Tim Michaels

I am a lifelong entrepreneur and lover of words and literature. My interests include writing, reading, poetry, Shakespeare, American history, the presidency, introversion, opera, classical music, Broadway shows and metaphysics.

Carmen

Opera: Carmen Composer: Bizet Other popular works by this composer: Les pecheurs de perles First performed: 1875 Language: French Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: Seville, Spain in the early 1800s Plot: A soldier ditches his chaste lover for a flirtatious and fickle … Continue reading

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Cosi fan tutte

  Opera: Cosi fan tutte (“They all do it”) Composer: Mozart Other popular works by this composer: Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Idomeneo First performed: 1790 Language: Italian Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: 18th century … Continue reading

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The Barber of Seville

Opera: The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Composer: Rossini Other popular works by this composer: The Thieving Magpie (la gazza ladra), The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’Italiana in Algeri), Cinderella (La Cenerentola), William Tell First performed: 1816 Language: Italian … Continue reading

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Pique Dame (Queen of Spades)

Opera: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) Composer: Tchaikovsky Other popular works by this composer: Eugene Onegin First performed: 1890 Language: Russian Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: Late 1700s, Russia Plot: A man dually obsessed with gambling and another man’s woman … Continue reading

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Rigoletto

    Opera: Rigoletto Composer: Verdi Other popular works by this composer: Aida, Otello, Macbeth, Il trovatore, La traviata First performed: 1851 Language: Italian Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: Mantua, Italy; 16th century Plot: A hunchback jester who is overprotective of … Continue reading

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La fanciulla del West (Girl of the West)

Opera: La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West) Composer: Puccini Other popular works by this composer: La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot First performed: 1910 Language: Italian Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: The California Gold Rush, 1849 Plot: A female … Continue reading

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Fidelio

Opera: Fidelio Composer: Beethoven Other popular works by this composer: (none in this genre) First performed: 1814 Language: German Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: Late 18th century Seville Plot: The wife of a man unjustly imprisoned and condemned to death … Continue reading

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Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) Composer: Jacques Offenbach Other popular works by this composer: Orphee aux enfers, La belle Helene, La Perichole First performed: 1881 Language: French Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: Bavaria, Germany Plot: A tortured … Continue reading

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L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)

Opera: L’Elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Other popular works by this composer: Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale First performed: 1832 Language: Italian Accessibility Level: Beginner Explorer Aficionado Setting: Late 18th-century Spain/France Plot: A lovesick peasant buys … Continue reading

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