Violets – the oldest of operatic plants

There are many instances of violets in opera, but those celebrated in this Opera garden article are mentioned by a nymph in the first scene of Peri’s Eurydice and are therefore the very first operatic violets, since Peri’s piece of 1600 is the earliest surviving opera...

Squashed Carnations at Aguas Frescas

Vedeti i garofani! “Just look at these carnations” moans Antonio, the gardener on the estate of Count Almaviva at the castle of Aguas Frescas in the country outside Seville. At this moment of horticultural crisis for Antonio, the plot of Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di...

Mascagni Isabeau

Ubaldo and Ethelbert  –  traditional Scottish names? Isabeau, composed in 1911 and first performed in the Coliseo in Buenos Aires, was the tenth of Pietro Mascagni’s sixteen operas, and it is the most peculiar.  It tells the story of the daughter of a king, Raimondo,...

The Opera Kitchen

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