• Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    by Published on May 16th, 2012 04:39 AM
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    NOTABLE STAGINGS

    First of all, let's start with the first staging, the premiere in 1863. Here you will find sketches of the original sets (these are just acts III to V, but they were divided for this staging of Les Troyens à Carthage in five acts), and then a full review of the performance, in French, as published on a Paris newspaper at the time. Then, scrolling down, you'll find video clips of modern stagings.

    This material was recovered from the excellent website www.hberlioz.com maintained by Dr. Monir Tayeb and Dr. Michel Austin. The French newspaper article can be found here:

    http://www.hberlioz.com/Troyens/Les_Troyens_1863-3.htm

    The series of pictures of the design of the first performance of Les Troyens can be found here:

    http://www.hberlioz.com/Troyens/LesTroyens-f.htm

    We thank Dr. Tayeb and Dr. Austin for their kind permission to include this material here, with citation of the source.

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    by Published on May 16th, 2012 01:46 AM

    Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens is one of the most complex and rewarding operas in the repertory. It's been dubbed "The Latin Ring" for its scale and epic arc. While much shorter than Wagner's masterpiece, Les Troyens is a long opera, originally intended to be presented over two evenings, with an average running time of up to six hours if intermissions are counted.

    This series of articles will provide an in-depth analysis of this formidable work, which has not enjoyed the popularity that it deserves due to the enormous demands it imposes on an opera company. Les Troyens is not easy to stage, given its vast chorus, long duration, frequent and radical scene changes, and numerous characters. Only the most accomplished opera companies are able to put together a convincing production of this piece, which explains the rarity of its stagings, complete recordings, and video discs.
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    by Published on May 16th, 2012 12:49 AM

    There is a complete Les Troyens on YouTube, high def image, good sound, and it is Sir John Eliot Gardiner's spectacular performance at the Châtelet in Paris (unfortunately fragmented in several small clips):



    38 recordings of Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz, up to 2007

    Many of these recordings are not complete. We need to get down to number 16 to have the first complete performance of Les Troyens ever (actually, it was recorded a little later). It's the one by Sir Colin Davis at Covent Garden in 1969.

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    by Published on May 13th, 2012 03:26 AM

    Courtesy of our member treemaker, here is a review authored by a friend of his (Norm Hollingshead, who is a very experienced and passionate opera scholar whose blog we endorse) of Seattle Opera's Madama Butterfly with Patricia Racette. The link is published here with the author's permission.

    There is some controversy brewing in this blog about Ms. Racette's performance; it's an interesting read.

    Operaplus review
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    by Published on May 12th, 2012 11:49 PM
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    This article reports on a conversation between George Shirley, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Michigan and former Metropolitan Opera singer, and three legendary Southern-born African-American singers who have since retired from the operatic circuit (well, Leona Mitchell still sings here and there) but achieved interesting careers when they were active. These are Hilda Harris, Martha Flowers, and Leona Mitchell. This conversation happened on March 24, 2012 at the Videmus Festival of African-American Classical Music in Chapel Hill, NC, co-organized by our partners UNC College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Music, under Professor Louise Toppin. The event was attended by Opera Lively’s journalist Almaviva. While these are not exclusive, we placed this article under our Exclusive Interviews are for pragmatic reasons, since the article does read just like real interviews. [Opera Lively interviews #86, 87, 88, and 89]
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    Published on May 8th, 2012 06:53 PM

    Das Opernglas, May, 2012

    Here's the summary for the latest issue of Das Opernglas, compiled by MAuer:

    Reviews – New Productions

    - Carmen – Salzburg Easter Festival, 31 March
    Magdalena Kozená, Jonas Kaufmann, Kostas Smoriginas, Genia Kühmeier
    Sir Simon Rattle (conductor); Aletta Collins (director)
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    by Published on May 7th, 2012 12:57 AM
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    Korean-American soprano Ms. Yunah Lee was a perfect Cio-Cio-San in our partners Opera Carolina's production of Madama Butterfly, when Opera Lively interviewed her. [Opera Lively interview # 30]

    She is a specialist of this role, which she has sung more than 100 times - among others, with New York City Opera, Stadttheater Bern, De Vlaamse Opera in Belgium, Opera Ireland, and various regional American companies . Her full lyric soprano voice is beautiful, pure and crystalline, and her acting is first rate, impacting on the character youthful innocence as well as sensuality and dramatic force.
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    by Published on May 7th, 2012 12:44 AM
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    Opera Lively interviewed Mr. Portari when he was in the role of Pinkerton in our partners Opera Carolina's production of Madama Butterfly. [Opera Lively interview # 29]

    Mr. Fernando Portari is a noted Brazilian tenor, and has performed in several prestigious houses abroad. He is excellent as Pinkerton, a role that is dear to him as well, since it was the one he sang first for his professional debut two decades ago. He is a fine actor who read the character from a more romantic standpoint, trying to avoid the cliché of a leacherous and despicable playboy - a choice Mr. Portari justifies by underlining that Puccini's music for Pinkerton is very delicate and romantic, unlike the recitative parts that underline the character's moral shortcomings.
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    by Published on May 7th, 2012 12:22 AM

    Timothy McDevitt was Paul in our partners NC Opera's performance of Glass' Les Enfants Terribles. Opera Lively interviewed him about his role and career. [Opera Lively interview # 25] ...
    by Published on May 7th, 2012 12:19 AM

    Nicole Rodin was in the double roles of Dargelos and Agathe in our partners NC Opera's performance of Glass' Les Enfants Terribles in January of 2012. Opera Lively interviewed her about her role and career. [Opera Lively interview # 28] ...
    by Published on May 7th, 2012 12:15 AM

    Philippe Pierce was Gerard in our partners NC Opera's performance of Glass' Les Enfants Terribles in January of 2012. Opera Lively interviewed him about his role and career plans. [Opera Lively interview # 26]

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    by Published on May 7th, 2012 12:02 AM
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    Ms. Jessica Cates was Lise in our partners NC Opera's production of Glass' Les Enfants Terribles in January of 2012. Opera Lively interviewed her at the time - a delightful young lady who is very insightful about her role and opera in general. This is a very interesting interview, not to be missed! [Opera Lively interview # 27] ...
    by Published on May 6th, 2012 11:36 PM
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    On the occasion of Luca Pisaroni's current appearance in the title role of Santa Fe Opera's historical production of the world premiere of the new critical edition of Rossini's Maometto II, and also in the recent wake of his outstanding performance as Caliban in the Metropolitan Opera pastiche The Enchanted Island, Opera Lively interviewed the brilliant bass-baritone, arguably the best one of his generation. [Opera Lively interview # 23]


    Photo credit Marco Borggreve, used with Luca Pisaroni's permission

    © Opera Lively - Disclaimer: this exclusive interview is copyrighted by Opera Lively with all rights reserved, and is not to be reproduced without express authorization. Brief excerpts can be used after consultation (use the Contact Us form) as long as proper credit and a link to the full interview on Opera Lively are provided. Links to the interview can be posted without authorization.

    It is also worth reading our other articles related to our full coverage of Santa Fe Opera's Maometto II:

    General Announcement with synopsis, the opera discography, video interviews, pictures of the Santa Fe Opera theater, links: [here]
    Phenomenal interview with Rossini scholar Dr. Philip Gossett who is advising Santa Fe Opera: [here]
    Interview with Leah Crocetto in the role of Anna: [here]
    Review: [here] (Almaviva has attended the opening night)
    Coming soon - Interview with Maestro Frédéric Chaslin; stay tuned.
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    by Published on May 6th, 2012 11:05 PM
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    Almaviva interviewed Ms. Kristin Schwecke, very talented and promising young soprano who is a student at our prestigious partners the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Almaviva saw this young lady performing the role of Alice Ford in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor. [Opera Lively interview # 24] ...
    by Published on May 6th, 2012 03:08 AM
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    Bass-Baritone Richard Ollarsaba has been called here "our" Richard, due to the fact that he was interviewed twice by Opera Lively, and has performed in three operas reviewed by us. This is, then, in Opera Lively's brief existence (we have just completed 5 months of "life" and we are entering our sixth month) the sixth time we mention him. One per month!
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    Published on May 5th, 2012 02:54 PM

    Opera National du Rhin
    www.operanationaldurhin.eu

    Verdi: Requiem
    20 September 2012
    Conductor: Marko Letonja
    Soloists: Tamar Iveri, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Giuseppe Filianoti, Orlin Anastassov
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    Published on May 5th, 2012 02:52 PM

    Theater an der Wien
    www.theater-wien.at

    Monteverdi – Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria
    Premiere: 7 September 2012
    Conductor: Christophe Rousset
    Director: Claus Guth
    Les Talens Lyriques
    Cast: Gary Magee, Delphine Galou, Pavel Kolgatin, Katija Dragojevic
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    Published on May 5th, 2012 02:46 PM

    From the May issue of Opernwelt, compiled by MAuer
    www.opernwelt.de

    General News

    • In its 2012-13 season, Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden will perform Tristan und Isolde – by Frank Martin, not Wagner.
    • Opera houses in Dortmund, Essen, and Madrid will be hosting a concert performance of Wagner’s Parsifal played on original instruments. The Dortmund concert will feature Matthias Goerne as Amfortas and Martin Kränzle as Klingsor.
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    by Published on May 4th, 2012 10:10 PM

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    As above noted, The Local Area (also in the widget; click on its + sign to open the various geographical areas) contains news that are only of interest for local and regional communities. Enjoy!
    by Published on May 4th, 2012 10:06 PM

    Spring and Summer Opera Festivals in Europe and North America

    Here is a list of web sites for people who want to check out the various opera festivals in Europe, with their schedules and ticket sales. This is a 2011 list, but most of them happen every year so the links must remain valid; a few maybe were a one-time affair, do your own checking. Scroll down for North America annoucements:
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