• Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

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    La Traviata – Sources


    The libretto is based on La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils, who wrote both a novel and a play with the same title.

    The novel was first published in Paris by editor Alexandre Cadot, 1848, in 2 volumes (340 and 362 p.), reprinted in one volume by the same editor in 1851.

    A revised and corrected version was published in 1852 by editor Michel Lévy.

    Another revision with corrections by the author was published by the same editor in 1872.

    The play in five acts with songs was published in Paris by D. Giraud and L. Dagneau in 1852, 105p.
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    by Published on December 15th, 2011 04:35 AM     Number of Views: 3724 
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    Met in HD series, November 19th, 2011 (Live) and December 7th, 2011 (Encore)
    Opera in 3 acts by Philip Glass, sung in Sanskrit
    Libretto by Philip Glass and Constance DeJong, after the Bhagavad Gita

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    by Published on December 10th, 2011 06:31 PM     Number of Views: 3331 

    One of the most important areas of our site is our Opera In-Depth project. These are detailed articles with analysis of 100 major operas. They will be published progressively, as they are long and time consuming to write. The next article under this section has a list of the 100 operas we have selected for the project.

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    by Published on December 8th, 2011 06:00 AM
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    We are proud that leading tenor Juan Diego Flórez has granted us a short exclusive interview. [Opera Lively interview # 1]

    Opera Lively is honored by his gracious gesture. Also, our thanks to Mr. Flórez's agent Mr. Palacio.

    1) You have been extremely successful with the Bel Canto repertoire. What would you like to do next, maybe some of the more obscure that aren't done that often?

    I think there are several unknown operas that I may like to do, but sometimes it is hard to get the audience to listen to them. Only in certain cases this happens. It's not just down to what the artist wants to sing, but the practical possibilities for a theater to put them on. And there are many in the bel canto repertoire. I would like to add new titles to my repertoire, but before entering the unknown titles I think I must first debut works like "Cosi fan tutte", or similar, which is part of the big repertoire, and which for various reasons I have not yet had a way of singing.
    by Published on December 4th, 2011 06:00 AM
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    Here is the schedule for the upcoming Radio Broadcasts from the Met, which can be heard in various stations (notably Met Opera Radio by satellite and others - consult operainfo.org to find out the times and station nearest you). These are live unless otherwise stated.

    Only one left this season:
    May 5, The Markopolus Case, Janacek

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    Some personal pictures taken by our members outside or inside beautiful opera houses will be shown here. Here is another one Almaviva took at La Fenice in Venice:
    by Published on December 4th, 2011 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 19440 
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    Welcome to Opera Lively. Here is some information about the site (and don't forget to click on Forum above for the area with discussion threads, English and non-English language content, and posts)

    Hello, my friends. Almaviva here (well, this is the nickname I've been using for a long time in opera sites - my real name is Luiz Gazzola). I'm the owner of this site, and a passionate opera lover.

    I'm pleased to announce ...
    by Published on December 4th, 2011 06:00 AM

    This video with Anna Netrebko La Bellissima is very entertaining. See what happens at 2:20 and 3:48. The aria is from the operetta Giuditta by Léhar, and the character in this scene is dancing on stage in a night-club, and singing a song called My Lips Kiss so Hot. Therefore, Anna's rendition is appropriate to the situation, and she is very charming and flirtatious. Please notice that she only throws roses to the gentlemen...
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