Author: Erik Sundquist

The More I learn, the Less I Know

A Note on Bel Canto

The term refers to a manner of singing but also to a body of work dating to the first half of the 19th century. What are the genres, features and terminology associated with this school?

My Ariosto Project

The masterpiece of Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533) and one of the glories of Italian renaissance poetry is the Orlando Furioso, published in three editions between 1516 and 1532. Its over 35,000 lines, dozens of characters, and intricate plotting may make reading it a daunting journey for some. Fortunately, there are now two excellent verse translations, one…
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December 2019–Ariosto, Donizetti, Rossini, Proust, Baudelaire

November 2019–Donizetti

Adelaide di Borgogna: ossia Ottone, re d’Italia (1817)

Adelaide di Borgogna (Adelaide of Burgundy)
Opera in Two Acts
(With additions by Michele Carafa)
Libretto by Giovanni Schmidt

Baseball for Aliens

Baseball for Aliens: A Brief Overview for People and Others Who Think They Will Never Understand It

June Mediterranean Cruise

Twelve days at sea with a Bonaparte theme.

Wines of New Zealand

Presentation at a luncheon tasting at DACOR Bacon House, November 19, 2015

Northern and Central Italy

A Presentation with Tasting held at DACOR Bacon House on October 19, 2016.

Wines of the South West of France

Program notes for a Lecture on French wines of the South-West with representative samples, held at DACOR Bacon House, June 25, 2015