By Vivien Schweitzer
Since the founding two decades ago of a summer program dedicated to early 19th century Italian opera, the beautiful Caramoor estate has become a sort of Bel Canto Bayreuth. Many local opera fans have made an annual summer pilgrimage to hear rising stars and established artists perform repertory staples and rarities by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi.
Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira was the highlight of the 1813-14 opera season in Milan; Beethoven’s Fidelio debuted in the same season in Vienna. The first was forgotten for over a century; the second was quickly revered as the unique masterpiece it is. We are bringing them together again at Caramoor for 21st-century operagoers to review history’s verdict. Read more
Originally Published by Observer
By James Jordan
At Caramoor, an elegant, suspenseful retelling of a famed 1794 execution…
Originally published in Opera News
Francis Poulenc’s twentieth-century take on French Revolution tyranny is a far cry from Caramoor’s bel canto bailiwick, but Will Crutchfield is adding it to the festival’s repertory. ALAN KOZINN finds out why. Read more