Cynthia Greenwood

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  • 13 years ago | Stage

    From the vagaries of fashion to trends in cuisine, the world looks up to the French. Two centuries ago, when the music literati believed Italy had a monopoly on fine opera, the French came along and changed everything. They believed theater wasn't...

  • 13 years ago | Stage

    Czech composer Leos Janácek must have been fascinated by "bad girls." His early-20th- century opera trilogy magnifies the travails of women who violate social mores. But while the heroines in Katya Kabanova and Jenufa are sympathetic charac...

  • 13 years ago | Stage

    One of the greatest challenges in opera is to sing and act with equal agility. Mastering one of these art forms is difficult enough; since opera's early days, multitalented singers like Maria Callas have been rare. Mozart's quintessential opera, T...

  • 13 years ago | Stage

    Ever since Vienna's Emperor Joseph II quipped that Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio had too many notes, the composer's first opera in German has weathered an outpouring of criticism: The derivative libretto's foiled getaway climaxes in sil...

  • 14 years ago | Stage

    Those who are drawn to Peter Tchaikovsky's sentimental ballets are often surprised to learn that the composer also wrote operas. His best known is Eugene Onegin, a work that bears little resemblance to the animated melodrama of his Italian contemp...

  • 14 years ago | Stage

    Wagner's Tannhäuser is simply less accessible than Houston Grand Opera's season opener, Verdi's popular and tuneful Rigoletto. Even at its most sublime, Wagner's music lacks the airy, portable quality of arias such as "La Donna e Mobile," one...