• Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    by Published on April 1st, 2016 02:00 PM
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    Opera Lively traveled to São Paulo, Brazil, and interviewed five artists from the very dynamic Theatro São Pedro on the occasion of their staging of Condor, written by Brazilian opera composer from the 19th century Carlos Gomes. We take advantage of the occasion to get to know several fascinating topics about the state of opera in Brazil, both in the past and presently. Our 200th interview was with the greatest name of Brazilian opera, maestro Luis Fernando Malheiro. Read it [here]; it's really, truly a must-read, containing gorgeous pictures of Brazilian productions and extremely interesting comments, such as how the maestro got to stage Wagner’s Ring cycle for the first time in Brazil, in the middle of the Amazon jungle. This interview #198 with the maestro’s right hand, producer and stage director Paulo Esper, is the perfect companion for the conductor’s, since it adds more information particularly about the opera company at Theatro São Pedro, and tells us more about the training of young singers, and the Maria Callas singing competition.
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    by Published on April 1st, 2016 01:00 PM
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    Opera Lively's 200th interview couldn't be any more interesting. Maestro Luiz Fernando Malheiro is, by his own definition, the crazy man who staged two complete cycles of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung in the middle of the Amazon Forest in the historic Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil. With 35 years of career in the operatic world, the conductor commands vast experience and has many stories to tell. We will learn from him about the environment in Brazil in the present and the past, and his heroic effort putting together the Ring. His insights about the training of young opera singers are precious.

    The affable and convivial conductor received us in person in his office from where he presides over the opera company and the orchestra of Theatro São Pedro, a prominent cultural organization in São Paulo, Brazil that thanks to Maestro Malheiro is presenting 22 operas in the 2016 season, a number unheard of in Brazilian houses with ten times the São Pedro's budget (for comparison, the best funded house in the city, Theatro Municipal, is showing 4 operas this season). This is a must-read interview for all opera lovers. Enjoy!
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    by Published on March 29th, 2016 05:55 PM
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    Opera Lively esteve em São Paulo no fim de semana passado. Comparecemos à récita da ópera Condor de ...
    by Published on March 27th, 2016 02:13 PM  Number of Views: 2799 
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    A estação de ópera do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro em 2016:
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    by Published on March 27th, 2016 05:10 AM
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    Dando continuidade à nossa cobertura das atividades do Theatro São Pedro, em São Paulo, trazemos hoje para nossos leitores uma interessante entrevista exclusiva com a soprano e professora de voz brasileira Flávia Albano que cantará o papel de Adin na ópera Condor de Carlos Gomes, domingo, 27 de março.

    Já publicamos a entrevista com a soprano brasileira Marly Montoni que faz o papel feminino principal, Odalea. Clique [aqui] para ler.

    Em breve publicaremos outras duas entrevistas exclusivas com o coordenador artístico do teatro, Paulo Esper, e com o maestro Luiz Fernando Malheiro, diretor artístico e regente titular do Theatro São Pedro. O maestro discorre também sobre o Festival de Ópera de Manaus, inclusive detalhando a primeira produção nacional do Anel do Nibelungo, de Wagner).
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    by Published on March 27th, 2016 02:00 AM
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    This is a fascinating interview with the very smart, very creative avant-garde composer and conductor Huang Ruo. He is the Chinese-born creator of four operas, including the very successful Dr. Sun Yat-sen that recently had its US premiere in Santa Fe, and Paradise Interrupted shown in the 2015 Spoleto USA Festival (it will be soon at the Asia Society in New York City on April 5, 2016). This exclusive, in-person, must-read interview contains many interesting insights by one of the most talented contemporary composers in activity. It is Opera Lively's interview #173, done in the summer of 2015, but for various reasons it only now got transcribed and published, out of order. The delay doesn't detract from the content, given that Mr. Huang often talks about his music and opera in general rather than only about his exquisite piece that we were about to see when we met him in Charleston, SC. From him we can learn about ancient Chinese instruments, the state of opera in China, and the workings of his creative process, among other topics. Mr. Huang impressed us for his calm demeanor, relaxed and friendly style, and contagious smile. He patiently walked us through the complexity of his music. Enjoy!
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    by Published on March 26th, 2016 06:00 PM
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    Em viagem ao Brasil, Opera Lively está fazendo a cobertura da ópera Condor, de Carlos Gomes, semi-encenada no Theatro São Pedro, em São Paulo, SP, no dia 27 de março às 17 horas (entrada franca). Entrevistamos ontem a cantora brasileira Marly Montoni, que estará cantando o papel feminino principal (Odalea). Amanhã entrevistaremos a soprano Flávia Albano no papel de Adin, o diretor cênico Paulo Esper, e o maestro Luiz Fernando Malheiro. Publicaremos também a crítica da performance, e mais detalhes sobre essa ópera que foi a última escrita pelo compositor.

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    by Published on March 23rd, 2016 06:00 PM
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    We had the pleasure of interviewing Alaskan-born mezzo-soprano Ms. Vivica Genaux (one of our favorite singers and a major star in the European Baroque circuits), through a video call to her house in Italy in 2012, and now we have enjoyed even more an opportunity to interview her again, this time in person in Charleston, SC, during the Spoleto USA Festival 2015 last summer, when she performed the title role in Cavalli's opera Veremonda. All fans of Baroque opera will be delighted with Ms. Genaux's deep knowledge of the art form and her descriptions of the ins and outs of performing and recording the genre, in a "must read" interview. Enjoy!
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    by Published on March 22nd, 2016 03:30 PM
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    We got to know Chinese soprano Qian Yi at the Spoleto USA Festival 2015, when she starred in Paradise Interrupted, an arresting new installation opera that centers on a woman in search of an unattainable ideal in a world activated by her lone voice. The story is inspired by the Garden of Eden and the classic Chinese opera The Peony Pavilion, and the composition merges 600-year-old Chinese music with contemporary Western music. Interactive technology enables a vast garden and a host of digital characters to interact with the protagonist and respond to her voice. Visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma directed and designed this visually stunning staging. Huang Ruo, also interviewed by Opera Lively (his piece is coming shortly) wrote the music for the piece, which is at once a continuation of tradition and entirely new. Click [here] to read Opera Lively's review of the show.

    Qian Yi has been lauded by The New York Times as “China’s reigning opera princess.” She has a very impressive career, spanning multiple media. We spoke with her in person in Charleston, SC, and collected this charming interview. We apologize for the significant delay in getting it published.
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    by Published on March 20th, 2016 07:50 AM
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    Opera Lively is continuing the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).

    The show will run three times at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in downtown Charlotte, NC, on Sunday April 10 at 2 PM, Thursday April 14 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday April 16 at 8 PM. Tickets ranging from $19 to $150 can be purchased by clicking [here].
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    by Published on March 20th, 2016 04:30 AM
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    Opera Lively is continuing the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).
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    by Published on March 15th, 2016 11:20 AM
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    Opera Lively is starting the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).

    The show will run three times at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in downtown Charlotte, NC, on Sunday April 10 at 2 PM, Thursday April 14 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday April 16 at 8 PM. Tickets ranging from $19 to $150 can be purchased by clicking [here].
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    by Published on March 13th, 2016 08:40 AM
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    Continuing our loving and supportive relationship with contemporary opera, we are bringing to our readers coverage of Californian composer Mark Abel's Home is a Harbor, which has just been released two days ago by the Delos label on CD. The album also contains an exquisite song cycle, The Palm Trees are Restless, featuring the phenomenal Grammy winner soprano Hila Plitmann. Both pieces have been reviewed by Opera Lively [here] and [here], and today we are presenting a fascinating exclusive interview with the composer. It must be said that our initial review of Home is a Harbor had mixed feelings, but ever since, after reading the composer's defense of his piece and after giving it a second listen, our opinion of it has improved significantly. We were already very impressed with the song cycle, and now we've acquired a better understanding of the composer's artistic choices in this piece that is his first opera.
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    by Published on January 31st, 2016 11:52 PM
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    Our apologies for the delay in publishing this, but we are finally bringing to our readers a charming interview with soprano Heidi Stober. This is out of order since it is our interview #171 and we are at #190 now, but this one and a batch of others done in May of 2015 got in the back burner for various reasons that are not the singer's fault. We are slowly catching up to those. Heidi was a great Oscar in the Metropolitan Opera's Un Ballo in Maschera when we interviewed her in person at the Met Press Lounge on May 4, 2015. Her interview has a sort of human quality that our readers will appreciate, and it is very interesting, addressing not only that production, but many other aspects of her successful career in the United States and Europe.

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    by Published on January 22nd, 2016 12:44 PM
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    This is Opera Lively's exclusive interview # 190, with coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger who will be singing Juliette for Opera Carolina in their upcoming January 2016 production of Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette. The work will be presented fully staged (sung in French, with English supertitles) on Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM, Thursday January 28th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, January 30th at 8 PM, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Blumenthal Performance Arts Center. Click [here] for tickets, which range from $19 to $150.
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    by Published on January 13th, 2016 12:24 AM
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    This is Opera Lively's exclusive interview # 189, with lyric tenor Jonathan Boyd who will be singing Roméo for Opera Carolina in their upcoming January 2016 production of Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette. The work will be presented fully staged (sung in French, with English supertitles) on Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM, Thursday January 28th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, January 30th at 8 PM, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Blumenthal Performance Arts Center. Click [here] for tickets, which range from $19 to $150.



    As usual Opera Lively will cover the event, but unfortunately we can't be there for the opening night. We will attend the last show and publish a review. In the meantime, we will interview the two principal singers, in an upcoming piece with French-Canadian coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger, and in the piece below, with American lyric tenor Jonathan Boyd (the latter, known to the Charlotte public for his excellent rendition of Alfredo in La Traviata in the 2011 season). Both are exceptional artists with prolific international careers in several European countries and elsewhere, in addition to several domestic appearances, so this production is looking like another winner for Opera Carolina.
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    by Published on January 10th, 2016 08:03 PM
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    Our partner company, the excellent Opera Carolina, will be presenting Gounod's Roméo et ...
    by Published on October 16th, 2015 09:59 PM
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    Dear readers, this is to remind everybody who is at driving distance from Charlotte, North Carolina, that the excellent company Opera Carolina is opening this weekend their new production of Beethoven's thrilling masterpiece Fidelio. It is not every day that we see such a compelling work done by a regional company, so it is definitely worth the trip!

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    by Published on October 1st, 2015 02:20 AM
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    Our partners at Piedmont Opera are presenting Verdi's Rigoletto on October 23, 25, and 27, 2015, in Winston-Salem, NC, featuring international star René Barbera and other great singers. Opera Lively is covering the event, and in this article you will find brief (but very informative and insightful) exclusive interviews with the talented cast.
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    by Published on September 28th, 2015 11:21 AM
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    This is the fifth and last interview we did for our partners Opera Carolina's production of Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each with singers in all five principal roles, was published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering Kyle Pfortmiller's answers, in the role of Pizarro.
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