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    The A to Z of opera; the unofficial OL community guide to opera

    A is for Anfossi

    Pasquale Anfossi (1727-1797) was an Italian opera composer of the Metastasio period composing between sixty and seventy operas who also wrote several sacred pieces. He worked in Rome, Venice, Paris and London after studying composition under Sacchini and Piccinni.
    Amongst his works was his successful La Finta Giardiniera, which premiered at Rome's Teatro delle Dame during the 1774 carnival, the year before Mozart wrote his version. This opera was recently produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, directed by Werner Ehrhardt and released by Sony Music.

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    Okay, this might have been done many times before but not in my OL lifetime.

    Post anything; interesting or funny just to put a smile on a readers face but something (vaguely) to do with opera.

    Start post with "A is for..." and once we have exhasuted that (perhaps if no one has posted for a couple of days), we'll move on to the next letter.

    Of course expansion on previous posts or correction or just discussion also welcome (so these posts do not start with "A is for..."

    This thread is titled "community" guide, so please post! Don't let me play all by myself (it will be like I'm back at school); post anything!

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    A is for A-B-A

    The wrong way to start the alphabet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    A is for A-B-A

    The wrong way to start the alphabet.
    It is also a common representation for Da Capo aria, where the first section (A) is repeated after the second section (B), where the singer would add their expression on the repeat. It is a character of the operas of the baroque period.

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    Okay, do we get the gist?

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    A is for Aida, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni.

    Some older people's first experience of opera was seeing a film made with Sophia Loren acting the role of Aida.



    That's enough trauma for one day.
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    A is for Alagna, quite a divo in his own right:

    Likes sopranos:





    Does not like being booed




    A fine singer-cook

    Natalie

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    A is for Anna Netrebko, of course! How could you guys think of anybody else???

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

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    A is for Amfortas, the most complex, compelling, and diabolically handsome figure in the operatic universe.

    Oh, he's also a character in some Wagner thing or other, too.

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    A is for Azucena, the gypsy whose quest for revenge against the di Luna family drives the plot of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Azucena's mother had been caught bending over the cradle of one of the old Count di Luna's sons, and when the infant became ill, it was assumed the old lady had bewitched him and, in keeping with ideas of justice at the time, she was burned at the stake. While this was happening, her daughter snatched the Count's brat, planning to toss him in the fire, but got a little mixed up and flung her own kid in the flames instead.
    All of this preceded the opera's events, in which the current Count di Luna is engaged in a romantic rivalry with a troubadour named Manrico for the favors of one of the Queen of Spain's ladies-in-waiting named Leonora. The Count is also determined to find the gypsy who cremated his baby brother and settle the score with her. As we soon realize, Manrico is none other than Garcia di Luna, the Count's brother, whom Azucena raised in place of her own child. Eventually, both Manrico and his mother are captured by the Count's soldiers. Leonora tries to save her lover's life by offering herself to di Luna, but sneaks a little sip of poison afterward so that she won't actually have to fulfill her promise. She dies before the Count can have any fun, and in a fit of pique, he sends Manrico off to execution. At this point, Azucena, who had been sharing the dungeon with her supposed son, triumphantly informs di Luna that he's just killed his own brother.

    In the aria, "Stride la vampa," Azucena is recalling the events surrounding her mother's burning at the stake.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    A is for Anna Netrebko, of course! How could you guys think of anybody else???
    Err because it begins with N?
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    A is for Almaviva, handsome and dashing and one of the greatest of all operatic heroes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    A is for Almaviva, handsome and dashing and one of the greatest of all operatic heroes
    I agree. This guy Luiz Gazzola, a.k.a. Almaviva, is indeed handsome and dashing and one of the greatest of all operatic heroes.

    The name, incidentally, is also used by a top Chilean wine, and as a character in some operas by Mozart, Rossini, Paisiello, and Corigliano - you find him in Beaumarchais as well. None of these other Almavivas, however, are as handsome and dashing and heroic as the original one, Opera Lively's Alma!



    I hope Anna Netrebko is reading this and agrees, dumps her fiancé, and becomes my second wife after I move to Utah.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Err because it begins with N?
    Well, we'll just have to nominate her for both A and N!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    A delicious rival Anna....Caterina Antonacci - totally qualified to be in the "a" section



    Natalie

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    Ariadne, daughter of Minos, King of Crete, who helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur and is subsequently abandoned by him on Naxos, where she becomes the bride of Bacchus, is of course most famously represented in opera by Strauss' eponymous work Ariadne auf Naxos.

    But we also meet her earlier on in the story in Birtwistle's The Minotaur, where it is clear that she is just itching to get away from her oppressive family life (and when you consider the rather unpleasant habits of her half-brother, are you surprised?)

    A cause of great sadness to me is the loss of Monteverdi's opera on the subject - all that is left to us is the lament, here aptly sung by Anna Caterina in Amsterdam:

    Natalie

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    Ildebrando d'Arcangelo

    Alidoro




    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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