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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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    Alek Shrader was a standout in a PBS Great Performances presentation of the Met's National Council Auditions of 2007 a couple of years ago. I'm not sure how well he is developing, but he impressed me in the documentary. Shrader appeared in a holiday presentation of Barber of Seville at the Met in December.

    http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_...k_Shrader.html

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    Yep, he was also in the Met Tempest production last year. Handsome kid.
    I haven't actually heard him sing live though. I have avoided the English language productions.

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    Alek Shrader is definitely one to watch. He was wonderful in The Tempest and the Glyndebourne L'heure espagnole. I want to hear him do French Baroque.

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    Speaking of Alek Shrader, he and some of the cast of Seville did a show for Mount Sinai's Children Hospital in December.
    I thought that was nice of the cast and the Met Opera.

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    I was in NY for the Met's Les Troyens and saw the bill for the holiday Barber of Seville thing, and wished I could have stuck around to see Shrader sing. I did have mixed feelings, though, as the truncated production in English seemed to be designed with kids in mind. Nice way to try and draw kids' interest, but I'm not a particular fan of Seville in the first place.

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    The Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian, with a career basically centered in France until now, sang yesterday the role of Elena in Verdi's Les Vêpres Siciliennes, in Bilbao. Some people attending the performance were very fond of the young singer, and shared this information with me.


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    I have raved about Andrew Stenson before on this forum. He was in the Seattle YAP. Now he's starting his first year in the Lindemann YAP.
    Here's a clip of him in Glimmerglass.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKEz34a5_44

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    The tenor Andreas Schager has been getting rave reviews lately in the German media for his Wagner interpretations (Tristan, Rienzi, Siegfried). Unfortunately, I was unable to find any examples on YouTube of his opera performances (aside from a clip of a German newscast, which is as much talk as music).

    So what do our Wagnerians think -- in as far as you can tell from something that is not Wagner?
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    Massimo Giordano's PR agent sent us this press release, and I'm pasting it here (by the way, at some point I'll be interviewing him on Skype - just too busy now with the existing scheduled interviews, but it will happen eventually):

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    Massimo Giordano, one of the most successful tenors world wide, releases his debut album on the 6th of May 2013

    The charming Italian signs an exclusive master agreement with BMG

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    Hamburg, March 2013

    Massimo Giordano, one of the world’s leading and most successful tenors, will release his debut album through an exclusive master agreement with BMG. The album will feature signature arias by Italian composers such as Verdi, Puccini and Giordano as well as arias from famous operas like ‘Don Carlo’, ‘Manon Lescaut’ and ‘Andrea Chénier’.

    Born into a working class family in Pompei, Giordano did not get in contact with a profound musical education until he decided to move to Trieste to study classical singing and flute. He made his debut in Spoleto in Massenet’s ‘Werther’.

    After conquering the opera stages in Italy, Massimo Giordano began singing in all the major, international houses of the world, including La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

    Today, well into ten years of an international career, he performs with all the major names in opera, including Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorghiu and Natalie Dessay, as well as collaborating with such conducting luminaries as Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, James Levine and Marco Armiliato.

    Serving artists of all genres, nationalities and levels of development, BMG welcomes
    Massimo as an outstanding and proven artist in the classical music scene and is looking forward to supporting him on his debut album.

    Massimo Giordano is available for interviews and photo shootings. Appointments & coordination via rausch communications & pr.

    For further information visit http://www.massimogiordano.com/de.

    Press contact:

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    Conrad Rausch / Ira Schlauß
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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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    Well, Saimir is not that "new" any longer, given his growing success, but for the Met he sort of is (had a smallish role there before); the upcoming Traviata is his debut in a major Met role as Alfredo (and I'll be attending it in person, and am scheduled to meet him backstage, after the Skype interview I did with him).

    His PR agent sent us this link with a nice article about him, published in the New York Times:

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    Our interview with him is [here].

    I really like him. And I like his boldness:

    “I’m against the idea that you should be a specialist,” he said. “You have to sing with your voice and do it well, whatever it is. Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bach: it doesn’t matter. That’s what the great singers always used to do. You specialize if you can’t do anything else.”
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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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    When I saw Die Meistersinger in Chicago in February, I reviewed the performance on the Opera House and Theater Performance Reviews Forum. In the review, I indicated that one of the strongest performers that evening was David Portillo, an alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center, which is the professional development program of the Lyric Opera, who did a terrific job singing the role of David.

    In the new issue of Opera News (April, 2013), David Portillo is profiled in the "Sound Bites" section, pg 13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    The tenor Andreas Schager has been getting rave reviews lately in the German media for his Wagner interpretations (Tristan, Rienzi, Siegfried). Unfortunately, I was unable to find any examples on YouTube of his opera performances (aside from a clip of a German newscast, which is as much talk as music).

    So what do our Wagnerians think -- in as far as you can tell from something that is not Wagner?
    Schager was Siegfried in the Berliner Staatsoper's Götterdämmerung last month. He did a good job, but I don't think he's yet in the same league with Lance Ryan. Of course, I also thought it was a lousy production, which might have influenced my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Schager was Siegfried in the Berliner Staatsoper's Götterdämmerung last month. He did a good job, but I don't think he's yet in the same league with Lance Ryan. Of course, I also thought it was a lousy production, which might have influenced my opinion.
    The usually rather excellent Mark Berry of the Boulezian blog does agree on the production, but he found Schager quite the Siegfried.

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    Joel Prieto sang Contino Belfiore in the Berliner Staatsoper's production of La Finta Giardiniera last month, and was outstanding - stole the show, really. He won first prize in Operalia's 2008 competition, was born in Spain in 1981 and grew up Puerto Rico.


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    I thought Ronita Miller, who sang the First Norn in her Met debut, was very good. IMO, she has a great range.

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