The history of opera is, in a sense, a history of the western world. It’s all there, from the epic tragedies of kings and pharaohs, to the everyday trials of lovelorn peasants and stricken beauties.
The history of opera is also, in large part, a history of the golden years of Italy, home to a disproportionate number of the world’s great composers of stage-music. The Italian-opera trinity of Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini alone wrote six of the 10 operas performed most often in America between 1981-2001, according to research from Opera America.
So, in the same week that Italy celebrates the 150th anniversary of national unification, the Missoula Symphony and Chorale will take a musical trip back in time and across an ocean to explore the history of the world as a whole through a concert of great Italian operatic choruses. [Read More...]