An independent country since 1830, Belgium is nested at the heart of Europe with Brussels playing host to European Union institutions, NATO and other international organizations. Due to their nation’s political and linguistic peculiarities, many Belgian artists were heralded as French or Dutch and still today, confusions arise. They were legends in their own right, locally premiering and/or creating countless operas, including in Paris since Belgian and French theatres worked closely together, but also abroad, including in the United States and South America. Curated and written by Claude-Pascal Perna


What is “opéra comique”? It is a French “musical genre” alternating sung passages with spoken sections, as opposed to opera, which is entirely sung (e.g. “Carmen” vs. “Tosca”). It is also a theater in Paris. From its humble inception through a royal decree by King Louis XIV (1714), to its many designations and locations, the Opéra-Comique experienced turbulent times. Two devastating fires destroyed it in 1838 and again in 1887 during a performance of Mignon. The current Opéra-Comique was erected in 1898 on Place Boieldieu. Countless singers performed there in historic performances. Take a look…! Curated and written by Claude-Pascal Perna

Enrico Caruso, His Career in Roles

Enrico Caruso (February 25, 1873 – August 2, 1921) was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads. Curated and written by Nestor Masckauchan