Roses 1 – A Bad Life: but a hopeful rose

Roses 1 – A Bad Life: but a hopeful rose

Operas are full of roses, and Opera Garden explores a number of them, since no garden is complete without roses.  The rose which is the subject of this article comes from a little-known opera by Umberto Giordano.  Giordano is best known for his two great operas Andrea...

Almond blossom time – almond trees

Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Euryanthe is a tale of knightly love, jealousy, villainy and eventual happiness for the lovers. After the success of his opera Der Freischütz, Weber was asked in 1821 by Domenico Barbaia (the same man who had launched Rossini in Naples...

A chrysanthemum from Mascagni to wear in your hair

One of the most beautiful depictions of sunrise in all music forms is the introduction to Mascagni’s opera Iris(pronounced in the Italian way, as ‘ee-ris’ rather that the English way). The libretto for this lovely opera, by Luigi Illica, contains a description of this...