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    G is for another great singer from the second half of the 20th century, the Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda. Although very well known for his opera roles, he was also a noted recitalist, as this seasonally appropriate clip from a concert performance of Handel's Messiah illustrates:


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    G is for Nicolai Ghiaurov. Ghiaurov was a Bulgarian bass and was married to Mirella Freni. He had a beautiful sumptuous voice which is well illustrated here.

    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    G is for Angela Gheorghiu

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    G is for Christoph Willibald Gluck, 18th century composer of more than 40 operas (not including revisions of a number of them), and known for leading the Reform movement against the perceived excesses of the Baroque style.


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    Mustn't forget another one of opera's "G-men," Charles Gounod. Of the more than 10 operas he composed, Faust and Roméo et Juliette have become repertoire staples.


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    G is for German opera houses.

    I'm going out on a limb here, but Germany probably is the last of the great powerhouses in the operatic world as a nation that still can afford to subsidize the arts in a meaningful way. There have been some cutbacks, of course, but local governments still provide enormous financial support to their opera companies in a way that would be overwhelmingly unpopular in the U.S. Other nations in the E.U. also provide heavy subsidies to their opera houses, but with economies struggling, have not been able to maintain the same level of support found in Germany.

    Not to mention that German opera houses also tend to play to full or nearly full houses on a regular basis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    G is for German opera houses.

    I'm going out on a limb here, but Germany probably is the last of the great powerhouses in the operatic world as a nation that still can afford to subsidize the arts in a meaningful way. There have been some cutbacks, of course, but local governments still provide enormous financial support to their opera companies in a way that would be overwhelmingly unpopular in the U.S. Other nations in the E.U. also provide heavy subsidies to their opera houses, but with economies struggling, have not been able to maintain the same level of support found in Germany.

    Not to mention that German opera houses also tend to play to full or nearly full houses on a regular basis!
    We're very lucky in Europe but even quite small towns in Germany have an opera house. And if you want to sing opera, as this article says, 'Learn German'
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    G is for Gianandrea Gavazzeni,

    Italian conductor, composer and writer, 27 July 1909 - 5 February 1996. He studied at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Milan Conservatory. He was associated with La Scala from 1948 and was artistic director 1965 - 1968.

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    H is for Victor Marie Hugo,

    a French author, 26 Feb 1802 - 22 May 1885. One of France's greatest, he was awarded the Légion d'honneur, elected to the Académie Française and made a Peer of France.

    His works inspired many operas including Lucrezia Borgia, Ernani and Rigoletto.

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    Via Victor Hugo, Milan, is just around the corner from the delicious Peck delicatessen. A must go to spot in Milan.

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    H is for Jacques-François-Fromental Halévy, who composed around 40 operas, of which La Juive is the best known.

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    H is for Barbara Hannigan, awesome soprano with a huge range, and a talented multi-tasking lady who sings, acts, plays the piano, dances, and conducts, not to forget that she is very pretty.

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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    H is for Ernst Haefliger,

    a Swiss tenor, 6 July 1919 - 17 March 2007 who I first heard today in the Ferenc Fricsay's recording of Don Giovanni. Haefliger was a protégé of Fricsay and performed amongst others in all his Mozart productions. He has (had) a very thin[*] and pure voice which is something almost astounding. I shall be further investigating his works.

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    *I do not think this is technically the correct descriptive but I mean his voice is like silk (again this might not be a correct musical adjective...)
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    H is for Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, a perfect introduction to opera for children, with magic and melodies and a good come-uppance for the wicked witch, here interpreted with great gusto by the late lamented Philip Langridge:

    Natalie

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    H is for the baritone Dietrich Henschel, whose roster of opera roles extends from Monteverdi to Berg (and beyond), and who is also a noted Lied interpreter and concert performer. Here he is as Beckmesser:


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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    H is for the baritone Dietrich Henschel, whose roster of opera roles extends from Monteverdi to Berg (and beyond), and who is also a noted Lied interpreter and concert performer. Here he is as Beckmesser:

    Hmm. Beckmesser channelling Snape. Nice.
    Natalie

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