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Excerpt from
On the Use of Tragedy in the Chorus
by Friedrich Schiller

Right, Rembrandt's painting "Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer"
Aristotle Contemplates the Bust of Homer (painting by Rembrandt)

The Schiller Institute will post regular online reviews of Classical music performances, books, art exhibitions, and related activities. With this, we hope to involve our fellow citizens in creating a scientific and artistic freedom of the mind , and to lift civilization out of the Romantic and Dionysian cultural swamp it has been sinking into over the past four decades, since the onslaught of the rock-drug-sex counterculture.

At the same time, we will make available on the site, reviews published earlier in Fidelio and EIR Magazine, which have universal historical and cultural significance.

Of special importance will be reviews contributed by young scientists and musicians, whose intensive work over the past few years in Classical science and music has already begun to create a revolution in those fields.

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Historic Performances at C-256Hz

“Through the Years” Drama by Amelia Boynton Robinson

Revive Verdi's tuning to bring back great music


FIDELIO Online Reviews

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Recital of András Schiff, piano


 A Truly Human Identity Takes the Stage in "Silent Sky" 
Play by Lauren Gunderson, performed by Main Street Theater in Houston, TX

Boston Lyric Opera Presents: Don Giovanni

Verdi’s La Traviata: A Subject for Our Own Age
(Virginia Opera)

Recital Evokes Bel canto-Era Beauty: Joseph Calleja, tenor and Kevin Miller, piano
(Celebrity Series of Boston, New England Conservatory, Boston)

Musical Drama: Daniel Beaty’s “Breath and Imagination”: A Sublime Story of Roland Hayes
(Emerson Paramount Theater, Boston)


Franco Faccio’s Amleto (Hamlet): To Be or Not to Be Shakespeare
(Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Southwest)

Boston Lyric Opera Does Honor to Verdi's La Traviata


Virginia Opera's Magic Flute Delights, Despite Obstacles

Life and Art in Verdi’s Traviata (Michigan Opera Theater)

Thomanerchor in Houston: A Tale of Two Paradigms: Renaissance vs Dark Age

NYC Lieder Concert Brings Schumann to Life

Virginia Opera Hits the Mark with Verdi's Falstaff

Celebrating Verdi in Chicago (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Verdi Takes Center Stage at The Castleton Festival’s “An Italian Extravaganza”
(The Castleton Festival, Manassas, VA)

Verdi’s Aida Triumphs in Detroit

Virginia Opera's Marriage of Figaro: True to Mozart and Da Ponte's Revolutionary Spirit

Michigan Opera Theater Brings Beethoven’s “Fidelio” to Detroit

Mozart’s Lesson for Our Present Times (Houston Grand Opera's Don Giovanni)


Michigan Opera Theater Performs Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”

Will Regietheater Egoists Destroy the Classics?
(Mozart's Idomeneo at Tiroler Landestheater in Austria)

Verdi’s Aida and the Need for A Treaty of Westphalia (Virginia Opera)

The “Miracle” of Mozart On Display at HGO
(review of the performance of The Marriage of Figaro by Houston Grand Opera)

“The Magic Flute”: Science vs. Superstition (Michigan Opera Theater)

Houston Grand Opera Studio, We Have A Problem: Mozart's Così fan Tutte

A “Ricardo Muti Moment” in Los Angeles: The Mass Strike and the Arts
(review of a performance of Donald Freed's "The Devil's Advocate" by the Los Angeles Theater Center)

Cathedral Choral Society Performs Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Missa Solemnis

Houston Grand Opera Presents “Lucia di Lammermoor”

Così Fan Tutte and the Power of Reason (Virginia Opera)


Virginia Opera Performs Verdi's Rigoletto

Wagner's Ring(worm) Cycle -- Los Angeles' Götterdamerung?

Don Giovanni: Detroit Opera’s Lack of Morals

Virginia Opera: Mozart's Don Giovanni


Virginia Opera:  Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment

Donizetti Sings at the Houston Grand Opera (The Elixir of Love)

Washington National Opera Barber of Seville

Shakespeare's Henry V at George Mason University

James Fenimore Cooper’s The Spy

Houston Grand Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto

American Conservatory Theater: “Boleros For The Disenchanted”

Donizetti in Detroit: L’elisir d’Amore

Houston Main Street Theater: Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing!

Los Angeles Opera: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote)

Virginia Opera: The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

Seattle Opera’s Aida Delivers a Message for All Mankind


The Essence of Being Human in Verdi’s La Traviata (Michigan Opera Theatre)

Prometheus Defeats Zeus at Seattle Opera’s I Puritani

Bellini Comes to Life in Detroit, “La Sonnambula” (Michigan Opera Theatre)

Houston Mozart Doubleheader: Bold Intent Undermined by Ahistorical “Abduction” (Houston Opera)

Beauty and Pathos Of Mozart Undermined By Director's Conceit (Los Angeles Opera)

2007 and before

“Marriage of Figaro": An Opera for Our Time (Michigan Opera Theatre)

Verdi's Tragedy "The Masked Ball" Brings Joy to Houston Opera Attendees

“Cyrano”: A Romantic Opera Which Begs for the Classical

Los Angeles Opera's Superb "Fidelio" Does Justice to Beethoven

Houston Grand Opera: A Spectacular “Aida”

Detroit Opera: Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio

Puccini’s “Turandot”

Mozart's Don Giovanni from a Houston Opera *

Seattle Opera Butchers Mozart

Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’: Sublime Love vs. Revenge at the Washington National Opera*

‘Rigoletto’: Verdi’s Education of the Emotions - Michigan Opera Theater **

Verdi’s LaTraviata - The Woman Who Went Astray *

Close to Perfection - Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Los Angeles Opera **

András Schiff in Concert, Washington, DC, 2003 *

Clemenza di Tito in Dresden, Germany, 2000


Books, Recordings and Exhibits

Book: Rogue Spooks, The Intelligence War on Donald Trump (August 2017)

Movie: “Snowden”: Truth not Propaganda About Bush and Obama’s Crimes Against Humanity (September 2016)

Movie: “A Beautiful Planet”: A Universal View of Mankind (April 2016)

Book: Brunelleschi’s Tempered Proportions ("Architecture and Music" by Lando Bartoli, January 2016)

Book: Discoveries of a Non-Reductionist Cosmophysical Factors in Stochastic Processes by Simon E. Shnoll (November 2015)

Book: The Mission of Xi Jinping – “The Governance of China” (May 2015)

Art Exhibit: Mary, as an Exemplar of Renaissance Humanism
(National Museum of Women in the Arts, January 2015)

Movie: Bruegel, the Mill and the Cross June 2012

Henry Ossawa Tanner Makes Every Man a Brother
(Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, 2012)

Rembrandt Portrays Jesus ‘from Life’ (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2011)

9/11 Secrets Partially Revealed (PDF)
(The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, reviewed by Jeff Steinberg)

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus (The Louvre in Paris)

200th Birthday of George Caleb Bingham, American Artist of the American System

Don Giovanni: Music, Strategy, Method, Or, The Real Plot Hatched by Mozart and Da Ponte
(Review of The Vienna “Don Giovanni” by Ian Woodfield)

Hendrick Avercamp and The Last Little Ice Age (National Gallery of Art)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Exhibit on the Hudson River School

Book Review of the Krafft Ehricke’s Extraterrestrial Imperative

Art Exhibit Celebrates Spain's Humanist Alliance With America Against Britain

"The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague"
'Cervantes Would Have Been Impressed'
Reviewed by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Rembrandt Etchings at The National Gallery *

Lorenzo DaPonte: Mozart’s American Librettist

The Mandeville Model: Fable of the Bees

Emma Azalia Hackley 1867-1922 African-American Singer and Social Activist

The Joy of Reading Don Quixote

The Military Genius of Jeanne d'Arc, and the Concept of Victory

President Garfield and the Pythagorian Theorem

Mozart’s “The Philospher’s Stone” *

The Classical Revolution in Jewish Liturgical Music * from EIR

Celebrating God's Universal Creation ** from EIR

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The Count discovers Cherubino hiding in the chair (scene in the Marriage of Figaro)
An early print portrays the scene in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, where the Count discovers Cherubino hiding in the chair.
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