Category Archives: Aria to Death

Haydn’s Great Escape

Starting Wednesday, Haydn and I will be on tour with Dolly Caswell’s Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour Company. Join us to read a selection of excerpts from the book and win a print copy of Aria to Death. Click on the … Continue reading

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Opera in the Time of Haydn

“The comely Grilletta would never roar out her lines in a lusty fortissimo. It is entirely out of character.” (Aria to Death, Chapter One) How did eighteenth-century audiences regard opera? We’re so used to prioritizing the music of an opera, … Continue reading

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When Murder Strikes. . .

The Kapellmeister must don the role of Kapell-detective yet again

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Where did the Operas Go? The Case Against Giovanni Artusi

Seven of the ten operas the great master of opera, Claudio Monteverdi, composed have never been found. How did they come to be lost? We don’t know. But without the composer’s correspondence, their existence would never have been known. What … Continue reading

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