• Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    by Published on April 5th, 2012 02:48 AM  Number of Views: 5240 

    Dear readers, this festival is very promising, and it includes an opera. It will happen in Annandale-on-Hudson, 90 miles north of New York City (round trip by train is available for $30), with 7 weeks of opera, music, dance, film, theater, and more, with a strong focus on French culture.

    The event takes place in an outstanding venue, the Richard B. Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, by architect Frank Gehry. Just look at these pictures!
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    by Published on April 4th, 2012 12:24 AM
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    Luiz Gazzola has interviewed outstanding American baritone Thomas Hampson exclusively for Opera Lively. [Opera Lively interview # 17]

    Mr. Hampson is an extremely intelligent man (read the last two paragraphs of his biography below!), and commands an admirable depth and breadth of operatic knowledge. His insights were most impressive, and we are sure that this interview is one of the gems of our website. Our thanks to Mr. Albert Imperato who facilitated the exchange, and his agency 21C Media Group.

    Photo credits, © Dario Acosta.

    © 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.

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    by Published on April 2nd, 2012 03:23 AM  Number of Views: 2952 
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    REVIEW, Don Giovanni at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
    (Student performance)

    Aycock Auditorium, Greensboro, NC, March 29, 30, and April 1, 2012

    Producer/Stage Director, David Holley (Director of Opera at UNC-G)
    Conductor/Musical Director, Jack Jarrett, with the UNC-G Opera Orchestra
    Sets by Randall J. McMullen
    Costumes by Deborah Bell
    Lighting by Alex Ginder
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    by Published on March 25th, 2012 05:32 AM
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    Preliminary report, more to follow.



    I've just had the pleasure of meeting, talking to, and listening to some outstanding African-American opera singers and composers, who were in town for the Videmus 25th Anniversary Festival (an organization that fosters women composers and singers, African-Americans, and music by other under-represented minorities), co-sponsored by our official partners UNC Opera, the opera program at the Music department of the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences.
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    by Published on March 24th, 2012 09:41 AM  Number of Views: 3580 

    We have announced this before, it's going on since Wednesday, but today is Opera Day at the Videmus festival, so I'm giving some more prominence to this event, hoping to catch some of our local readers and motivate them to attend. It is co-sponsored by one of our official partners UNC Opera, and it will be very interesting, I bet. I'll be there. Here is a reminder, and a nice YouTube with Dr. Louise Toppin, chair of UNC opera, director of Videmus, and an opera singer. Don't miss it! Admission is free.



    Today's program - opera events in red (and also a bit more on Sunday):
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    by Published on March 20th, 2012 02:09 AM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed accomplished American mezzo-soprano Janine Hawley, on the occasion of her performance of the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Crucible. This interview was part of our series of articles on this important contemporary American opera, published to support our partners Piedmont Opera and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, co-producers of their run with three performances of the opera in March 2012 in Winston-Salem, NC, at the Stevens Center. This was a fabulous show, reviewed [here] by Opera Lively. [Opera Lively interview # 14]
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    by Published on March 19th, 2012 04:22 AM  Number of Views: 5644 
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    Our brand new (as of today) partners Piedmont Opera and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts joint-produced Robert Ward's superb Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Crucible.

    It is fitting that Opera Lively publishes today a review, day one of this partnership. We had already been working in close collaboration with these two organizations without being officially called partners, therefore we have already published some information about the production, [here] with a comprehensive article about the opera and the composer's life and other works, and [here] with a delightful interview with the composer. This production was meant to celebrate still living (at 94 years of age!) Robert Ward, who was for several years the Chancellor of the UNCSA.
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    by Published on March 18th, 2012 09:00 AM  Number of Views: 7245 
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    Eugene Onegin, lyric opera in three acts (1879), music by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky; libretto by the composer, Konstantin Shilovsky, and Modest Tchaikovsky, based on the novel of the same title (1833) by Alexander Pushkin

    Produced by Opera Carolina at the Belk Theather, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, in Charlotte, NC, USA; opening night on March 17, 2012
    The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Meena
    The Opera Carolina Chorus
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    by Published on March 17th, 2012 08:41 PM  Number of Views: 4662 
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    The Opera Guild of Charlotte held its traditional 44th Annual Vocal Competion at Queens University of Charlotte, Dana Auditorium, on March 17, 2012.

    Judges included Laurie Christy, Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina; Walter Cuttino, USC; Kris Irmeter, Opera Singer and Voice Teacher; Sarah Dockery, President, Opera Guild of Charlotte; Jane Dillard, Auditions Chair; and Leslie Paliyenko, Auditions Co-ordinator.
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    by Published on March 16th, 2012 05:16 PM  Number of Views: 4855 

    The one singer we haven't interviewed from the upcoming Opera Carolina performance of Eugene Onegin is Ms. Victoria Livengood, and it is a pity, since she is a native of North Carolina, also know as "The Dixie Diva." She has had a very illustrious career and performed opposite great tenors, in great opera houses around the world. Now she is back and is living in North Carolina again. She sings Filipevna in this production.
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    by Published on March 5th, 2012 02:09 PM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed Russian baritone Vasily Ladyuk, who sang the title role in our partners Opera Carolina's performance of Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin in Charlotte, NC, on March 17, 22, and 25, 2012. [Opera Lively interview # 13]

    Mr. Ladyuk is a singer of vast international experience in the greatest opera houses of the world. His Metropolitan Opera credits include Andrei Bolkonsky in Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Last year he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala in the title role of Eugene Onegin and performed the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La traviata at the Teatro Fenice in Venice. Other credits include Onegin at the Paris Opera Bastille, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and Shchelkalov in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels. Recent engagements included performances of Onegin at the Royal Opera Covent Garden with a visit of the Bolshoi and a return to the Metropolitan as Harlequin in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.
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    by Published on March 3rd, 2012 10:41 PM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed mezzo Dawn Pierce, who sang the role of Olga in our partners Opera Carolina's production of Eugene Onegin in Charlotte, NC, on March 17, 22, and 25, 2012. [Opera Lively interview # 12]

    Her voice quality has been described as “deep liquid velvet.” Dawn’s favorite performances are those in which she portrays strong and heroic women. Her present repertoire includes Carmen, Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Charlotte (Werther). On the operatic stage she recently performed as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), The Contessa di Coigny and Madelon (Andrea Chenier), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), and Jo (Little Women). She is equally comfortable in musical theatre where she portrayed Franca (The Light in the Piazza), The Grand Duchess (The Student Prince), and Anita (West Side Story). Please visit her website at www.dawnpierce.com.

    She is a graduate of the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winstom-Salem, NC, and an alumna of Dr. Marilyn Taylor, an institution and educator featured in other articles on Opera Lively (such as here, here, and here). Ms. Pierce earned there a Summa Cum Laude Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Performing Artist Certificate in Opera.
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    by Published on March 3rd, 2012 09:45 PM

    Opera Lively has interviewed the great Armenian tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, who sang the part of Lensky for our partners Opera Carolina’s performance of Eugene Onegin in March 2012. [Opera Lively interview # 11]

    Mr. Manucharyan has a fabulous voice (see the video clip at the end of this interview). OL’s reporter has seen him at the Metropolitan Opera performing Eustazio in Rossini’s Armida.
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    by Published on March 3rd, 2012 03:00 AM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed Dina Kuznetsova, Russian-born soprano who sang the role of Tatyana in our partners Opera Carolina's upcoming production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, sung in Russian with English supertitles on March 17, 22, and 25, 2012, at the Belk Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina. [Opera Lively interview # 10]

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    Ms. Kuznetsova interview was simply delightful. She conveyed such a passion in the way she emphasized her words, in her intonation... Transcribing it to a dry text will never render the same energy that she has demonstrated - another reason to go see her live on stage! Usually we'd do some editing of the text for a more journalistic feel, but we've decided to reproduce it verbatim, so colorful her rendition of her thoughts was. Maestro Meena (Opera Carolina's principal conductor) referred to her as "endearing," and Opera Lively agrees! Ms. Kuznetsova seems to have this constant engine inside her in hyperdrive, full of love for the art form. Talking to her is contagious; one will easily catch the virus responsible for opera enthusiasm!
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    by Published on March 2nd, 2012 02:37 AM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed James Meena, general director and principal conductor of Opera Carolina, the excellent Charlotte company (our official partners) that presented Eugene Onegin in March 2012. We talked about the opera, the production, and the accomplishments and struggles of a regional opera company in today’s environment.

    There is a first interview with him focusing on Eugene Onegin and the company, then scroll down for a second one focusing on Tosca. [Opera Lively interview # 9 and # 57]


    Image © Opera Carolina, used with permission

    First Exclusive Opera Lively Interview with Maestro James Meena

    OL – What is needed to conduct Eugene Onegin successfully?

    JM – [Laughs] That’s a very difficult question… [laughs] I don’t know!!! But I’ll tell you my impression of the piece.
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    by Published on February 27th, 2012 04:56 AM     Number of Views: 3674 

    The NYCO, apparently bouncing back from the recent economic crisis and with new labor contracts, is continuing its season. Two more operas are left:

    Così fan Tutte from March 18 through 24 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater
    Orpheus, from May 12 through 20, at El Museo del Barrio

    Tickets and more information can be found at the NYCO website by clicking here.
    by Published on February 27th, 2012 04:50 AM     Number of Views: 5972 
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    Metropolitan Opera House - 2012-2013 Season

    2012–13 Live in HD Schedule

    Donizetti’s L'Elisir d'Amore–New Production

    October 13, 2012


    Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.




    Verdi’s Otello

    October 27, 2012

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    by Published on February 26th, 2012 09:53 PM

    Mr. René Barbera is a very promising young tenor who has won some prestigious awards and is already performing opera with important companies. His former voice teacher Dr. Marilyn Taylor of the UNC School of the Arts put Opera Lively in touch with him. We thank him and her for this very interesting interview, and wish Mr. Barbera lots of success in his career. He graciously provided the link and permission to include here a YouTube video of his Operalia performance, and kindly replied to our questions below. Personally, I think that his performance of Pour Mon Âme is terrific, with poise, confidence, charm, and a beautiful voice - no wonder he won the competition! We look forward to seeing him on the operatic stage! [Opera Lively interview # 7]


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    by Published on February 26th, 2012 09:11 PM
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    Opera Lively had the honor and privilege of talking face-to-face for almost two hours with great American composer Robert Ward, author of numerous symphonies, chamber works, ballets, and eight operas, among them the highly regarded The Crucible, a Pulitzer Prize winner. [Opera Lively interview # 8]

    Mr. Ward at age 94 is a charming and sweet gentleman, always with a smile on his face, and still very much witty and sharp at this advanced age. Almaviva met him at his home in Durham, as part of Opera Lively's effort to support regional opera companies, in anticipation of Piedmont's Opera upcoming performance of The Crucible in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to the interview below, please read our other article on this operat: Robert Ward and The Crucible . Showing on March 16 at 8 PM, 18 at 2 PM, and 20; for tickets, call 336-725-7101, or visit Piedmont Opera's web site.
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    by Published on February 24th, 2012 12:57 AM     Number of Views: 5455 
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    Metropolitan Opera House - 2012-2013 Live in HD Schedule


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