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Opera Music Wed Apr 25 2018 22:06:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Patrick Baldwin Cecile Leterme, Christophe Gregoire and Camille Cayol in Cheek by Jowl's Pericles It was a special treat to go to Oxford yesterday afternoon, a great and beautiful city where I have spent many happy times over the... Patrick Baldwin C
The Metropolitan Opera honored the anniversary of Shakespeares death (four hundred and two years ago on Monday) with a revival of Bartlett Shers production of Gounods Romo et Juliette. However, with a libretto that stunts Shakespeares genius dramatic
Lawrence Brownlee in a fierce Liederabend at Zankel Hall.by Paul J. PelkonenTenor Lawrence Brownlee explored 19th century and contemporary song at Zankel Hall on Tuesday night.Photo by Shervin Lainez for Opera Philadelphia.The American tenor Lawrence
April 23 is the traditional date of Shakespeare's birth (1564), and the recorded date of his death (1616), so in honor of the greatest poet in the English language, here is a copy of the First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D
for those getting a headache this past week in Venice from Medoro, let me offer a solution that works on so many levels, or as I say it, music written for contraltos sung by contraltos, do take a moment (or five) just to hear how WARM the sound is!!!
Elizabeth Caballero Florencia Grimaldi in Florencia en el Amazonas 1.  Where were you born and raised?I was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the USA in the 1980 Mariel Boatlift as a child with my family. I
he mezzo-soprano died on April 21. She was 79.The mezzo-soprano died on April 21. She was 79. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXKICcUijME
* Notes * Apollo's Fire (pictured left, photograph by Roger Mastroianni), an idiosyncratic Baroque orchestra from Cleveland, is touring Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with a reconstruction of the lost Bacchanale ending, and made a stop at Cal Performances last
In which our composer creates a sensation and changes the world of opera, forever.by Paul J. PelkonenTito Gobbi (with Renata Scotto) looking suitably demented in a scene from Rigoletto.There are Verdi operas and then there are those that stand as imm
John Brancy performing at the Lotte Lenya Competition (left)American barihunk John Brancy, along with sopranos Caroline Hewitt and Laura Corina Sanders, took top honors and $15,000 in prize money at this year's Lotte Lenya Competition. This was Branc
We finished the New Millennium concert series at Sacramento State with a grand performance by the Takcs String Quartet, a founding member of the Gramophone Hall of Fame.  This is what quartet playing is supposed to sound like.  They
Mackenzie Whitney Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas 1.  Where were you born and raised?I was born and raised in Janesville, Iowa, a little over a 3 hour drive from here. 2.  If
Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of soprano Astrid Varnay.Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of soprano Astrid Varnay. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vICgUdPS0k When Varnay was eight years old, Puccini’s opera Turandot premi
San Francisco City Hall, April 2018
Verdi battles the censors with an opera about religion.by Paul J. PelkonenPreacher man: Jos Cura as Stiffelio at the Metropolitan Opera.Photo by Ken Howard 2010 The Metropolitan Opera.(Note: This article was originally going to be about Luisa Miller,
Craig Verm as Don GiovanniThe Dallas Opera has announced that American barihunk Craig Verm will take over the title role in the remaining performances of Mozarts Don Giovanni, after having replaced Mariusz Kwiecien to great acclaim on opening night.
Tristram Kenton/ROH Eva-Maria Westbroek and John Tomlinson - Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk ROH April 2018 I was at the second performance last night of the sold out revival of Richard Jones' overwhelming production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at... Tristram
This is a list, and you know I love lists.  These 10 operas are all operas which I had never heard before I began blogging and have never seen a second time.  All stand out in my mind as outstanding memories.  None of them
September 23 2018: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste September 28-30 2018: Mark Morris Dance Group; Pepperland September 30 2018: Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Bach Suites October 5 2018: Max Richter with the Amer
Kristine McIntyre Stage Director of Florencia en el Amazonas 1.  Where were you born and raised?Philadelphia, then San Diego.2.  If you werent a stage director, what profession would you
The COCs nine-year-old production of Stravinskys shorts, The Nightingale and Other Short Fables directed by Robert Lepage has aged well — as family entertainment. It sells well, it brings children and rookies to the opera house, and this ti
Soprano Nadine Sierra has been named the winner of the 13thannual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera.Soprano Nadine Sierra has been named the winner of the 13thannual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at
I don't remember when or why I started listening to Michael Hersch's music, but I've been doing so for years, and in all that time I had only heard one piece live a song he wrote for Thomas Hampson, based on a passage from Thomas Hardy. So when I was
. can we hope for a tv stream? (ps- oh, that’s Ivor Bolton conducting) — Edit: a photo set. Advertisements http://www.elcultural.com/video/2018/gloriana/gloriana.mp4 . can we hope for a tv stream? (ps- oh, that’s Ivor Bo
It was a real delight to go to St George's, Hanover Square yesterday evening to hear a concert performance of Teseo, a rarity indeed although we did it hugely successfully in Chicago back in 2012! St George's was Handel's parish... It was a real deli
The New York Philharmonic tours the heavens with Bruckner.by Paul J. PelkonenMan in motion: the conductor Christoph Eschenbach.Photo by Chris Lee.A good idea is a good idea. That might be the rationale between this weeks New York Philharmonic program
Christian Pursell at the Partners for the Vocal Arts Vocal CompetitionAmerican barihunk Christian Pursell won the 6th Annual Partners for the Arts Vocal Competition today in Alexandria, Virginia. Second Place went to tenor Brandon Scott Russell and T
St Johns Smith SquareEvangelist Nick PritchardChrist Neal DaviesAnna Dennis (soprano)Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano)Hiroshi Amako (tenor)Ashley Riches (bass)PolyphonyBritten Sinfonia Stephen Layton (conductor)This was the first time, I think, since h
Conductor...............Betrand de Billy Production..............Elijah MoshinskyLuisa...................Sonya Yoncheva, soprano Rodolfo...............Piotr Beczala, tenor Miller..................Plcido Domingo, baritone Count Walter.......Alexander
Sopranos Kendra Berentsen, Portland, Oregon Cheyanne Coss, Eaton Rapids, Michigan Marlen Nahhas, Houston, Texas Brittany Nickell, Coral Springs, Florida Patricia Westley, Santa Barbara, California Meigui Zhang, Chengdu, China Mezzo-Sopranos Megan Gre
Adriana ZabalaPaula in Florencia en el Amazonas 1.  Where were you born and raised?Hatched in a place long ago and far away, but raised in Miami, Caracas, and Houston. 2.  If you werent a
It's a carefully thought-out production with some fascinating moments; Kosky deconstructs the work into beat-cum-body units and builds it back, with text re-wiring itself into a different kind of dramatic coherence.ROH Carmen, 2018. The cigarette gir
The Los Angeles Master Chorale performs Lagrime di San Pietro Photo: Patrick Brown 2018The Los Angeles Master Chorale is having a moment. Theyve had many before but this past weekend was clearly another. It was the Chorales annual Gala and there was
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with this picture?Ladies and gentlemen, behold your finalists in the 2018 Metropolitan Operas 2018 National Council Auditions. Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with this picture?
a detail of The Annunciation by the Master of the Retable of the Reyes Catlicos at the Legion of Honor in San FranciscoI love her hand:
DON CARLOS at OPERA DE LYON, 17 MARCH 2018How much Verdi is too much Verdi? That was a thought that crossed my mind on occasion during this weekend in Lyon, when three of his operas were performed on consecutive nights by conductor Daniele Rustioni a
It was a great pleasure last weekend to host one of my old colleagues from Chicago Opera Theater over to attend the International Opera Awards on Monday evening at the London Coliseum. Linden Christ is the last remaining member of...It was a great pl
Joyce DiDonato sings a radiant Cendrillon at the Met.by Paul J. PelkonenThe lighting department: Joyce DiDonata as Cinderella in Massenet's Cendrillon.Photo by Ken Howard 2018 The Metropolitan Opera.At the end of the 2014 season, the mezzo-soprano Jo
Craig Verm as Don Giovanni at Dallas Opera (Photo: Karen Almond)Craig Verm, who was slated to sing Masetto in the current run of Mozart's classic opera Don Giovanni at the Dallas Opera, stepped in for an ailing Mariusz Kwiecien to make his role debut
Royal Festival HallMosolov: The Iron Foundry, op.19Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no.3 in C major, op.26 Glire: Concerto for coloratura soprano and orchestra, op.82 Glire: Suite: The Red PoppyBezhod Abduraimov (piano)Nadezhda Gulitskaya (soprano)Philharmo
Semiramide is Rossini’s most successful opera seria stravaganza, and this does not mean it is one of his most popular operas. First, it is long. Second, it is expensive in terms of production. Third, good luck casting it…! It is o
Verdi's Il Corsaro from Palau de les Arts, ValenciaConductor Fabio BiondiDirector Nicola RaabCorrado Michael FabianoMedora Kristina MkhitaryanGulnara Oksana DykaSeid Vito PrianteGiovanni Evgeny StavinskyIl Corsaro is on a libretto by Francesco Maria
* Notes * Choreographer John Neumeier's production of Orphe et Eurydice (final ovation pictured left) opened at Los Angeles Opera last week. Dance companies seem to love this opera by Gluck, and this co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and... *
The March 2018 issue of the Wagner Journal (vol.12, no.1) contains the following feature articles: Kindred Spirits of Meiningen and Bayreuth by Edward A. Bortnichak and Paula M. Bortnichak Turning the Telescope Round [article about Ernest Newman] by
Nmon FordRiolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas 1.  Where were you born and raised?Born and raised in Southern California. 2.  If you werent a singer, what profession would you be in?Dance m
The Barrie Kosky Carmen (that all British people in my Twitter feed hated) will be screened in Toronto this Sunday, April 8, starting 1:30 p.m. I’m curious about this consensus and will go; will see if I abandon it or stay till the end (the
The Los Angeles Master Chorale performs Israel in Egypt Photo: Patrick Brown 2018Like many music organizations, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has increasingly ventured into artistic collaborations with artists in other genre and media in recent year
Time for discovery… Dorilla: Romina Basso, mezzo-soprano Elmiro: Serena Malfi, mezzo-soprano Nomio: Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano Filindo: Lucia Cirillo, mezzo-soprano Eudamia: Sonia Prina, contralto Admeto: Christian Senn, baritone In case