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2015-07-22 21:14:00

Carmen Aldrich 

Carmen at Chorégie d’Orange was TV live broadcast less than two weeks ago. Contrary to the Puccini operas or the dreaded Verismo repertoire, Carmen is always enjoyable to listen to, so even when the visuals are less appealing you may always take pleasure in music and good singing — especially with the cast like the one chosen for this year’s Carmen in Orange. Carmen is really a gem on its own. It was composed during the Wagner era but, unlike most of his contemporaries, Bizet avoided the trap of trying to be “more dramatic than Wagner” or to be sweet and sugary. Nietzsche actually, after his obsession with Wagner, suggested that “Carmen is the best opera there is”, that it provided the Mediterraneanization of music and that it brought back cheerfulness, youth. More significantly Nietzsche suggested that the music [of Carmen] liberates […]

Carmen Aldrich

Opera Cake

2015-07-20 18:55:00

Operalia 2015 - We love Lise! 

Despite atrocious conducting [can someone please tell Placido Domingo that he cannot conduct?!], Operalia remains a superb annual concert of amazing young operatic talents that are most likely to become operatic stars tomorrow. This year finalists Edward Parks, baritone, USA, 31Andrea Carroll, soprano, USA, 25Julien Behr, tenor, France, 32Kiandra Howarth, soprano, Australia, 25Bongani Justice Kubheka, bass-baritone, South Africa, 24Hyesang Park, soprano, South Korea, 26Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone, USA, 26Darren Pene Pati, tenor, New Zealand, 27Noluvuyiso Mpofu, soprano, South Africa, 24Ioan Hotea, tenor, Romania, 25Lise Davidsen, soprano, Norway, 28 were truly excellent. Congratulations to each and every one of them for brilliant performance, and to Placido Domingo for organizing this event! Lise Davidsen, however, still managed to steal the show with a sensationally high-octane singing of "Dich teure Halle!" Ladies and Gents I believe we just got our next "Nina Stemme" — not to […]

Operalia 2015 - We love Lise!

Opera Cake

2015-07-22 19:14:00

Carmen Aldrich 

Carmen at Chorégie d’Orange was TV live broadcast less than two weeks ago. Contrary to the Puccini operas or the dreaded Verismo repertoire, Carmen is always enjoyable to listen to, so even when the visuals are less appealing you may always take pleasure in music and good singing — especially with the cast like the one chosen for this year’s Carmen in Orange. Carmen is really a gem on its own. It was composed during the Wagner era but, unlike most of his contemporaries, Bizet avoided the trap of trying to be “more dramatic than Wagner” or to be sweet and sugary. Nietzsche actually, after his obsession with Wagner, suggested that “Carmen is the best opera there is”, that it provided the Mediterraneanization of music and that it brought back cheerfulness, youth. More significantly Nietzsche suggested that the music [of Carmen] liberates spirit. At the time of its creation […]

Carmen Aldrich

Opera Cake

2015-07-20 16:55:00

Operalia 2015 - We love Lise! 

Despite atrocious conducting [can someone please tell Placido Domingo that he cannot conduct?!], Operalia remains a superb annual concert of amazing young operatic talents that are most likely to  become operatic stars tomorrow. This year finalists Edward Parks, baritone, USA, 31 Andrea Carroll, soprano, USA, 25 Julien Behr, tenor, France, 32 Kiandra Howarth, soprano, Australia, 25 Bongani Justice Kubheka, bass-baritone, South Africa, 24 Hyesang Park, soprano, South Korea, 26 Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone, USA, 26 Darren Pene Pati, tenor, New Zealand, 27 Noluvuyiso Mpofu, soprano, South Africa, 24 Ioan Hotea, tenor, Romania, 25 Lise Davidsen, soprano, Norway, 28 were truly excellent. Congratulations to each and every one of them for brilliant performance, and to Placido Domingo for organizing this event!Lise Davidsen, however, still managed to steal the show with a sensationally high-octane singing of "Dich teure Halle!" Ladies and Gents I believe we just got our […]

Operalia 2015 - We love Lise!

Opera Cake

2015-07-19 19:19:00

Abduction in Glyndebourne 

Die Entführung aus dem Serail is being live streamed from Glyndebourne and the Mozart aficionados will know to appreciate. If you missed the live-stream you will still be able to catch on via The Guardian and obviously The Glyndebourne Festival websites. The show, staged by the very conservative David McVicar, will please his targeted audience. It is conducted by the uber-talented Robin Ticciati and with Edgaras Montvidas in the role of Belmonte you will definitely spend good couple of hours. Trailer This opera unfortunately did not enjoy a significant number of good productions that are available on DVD. The (in)famous Calixto Bieito production is occasionally revived at the Komische Opera in Berlin, and if you get to see the Laufenberg production at the Köln Opera, you might spend a delightful operatic evening. Trailers: […]

Abduction in Glyndebourne

Opera Cake

2015-07-19 17:19:00

Abduction in Glyndebourne 

Die Entführung aus dem Serail is being live streamed from Glyndebourne and the Mozart aficionados will know to appreciate.If you missed the live-stream you will still be able to catch on via The Guardian and obviously The Glyndebourne Festival websites. The show, staged by the very conservative David McVicar, will please his targeted audience. It is conducted by the uber-talented Robin Ticciati and with Edgaras Montvidas in the role of Belmonte you will definitely spend good couple of hours. Trailer This opera unfortunately did not enjoy a significant number of good productions that are available on DVD. The (in)famous Calixto Bieito production is occasionally revived at the Komische Opera in Berlin, and if you get to see the Laufenberg production at the Köln Opera, you might spend a delightful operatic evening. Trailers:  As for the full show, you can find the Christof Loy production on YouTube -- which is […]

Abduction in Glyndebourne

Opera Cake

2015-07-18 23:15:00

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.  

Belcanto operas are known to be super-difficult to stage because of the poor librettos. Most of the belcanto productions are truly dreadful and the common attitude is that the concert versions of operas operas are far better and more efficient than the staged attempts to make the lame-ass librettos look plausible on stage. Christof Loy’s take at I Capuletti e I Montecchi at Zurich Opera — the house run by the unsurpassable Andreas Homoki — is an example of precisely the opposite. He turned this butchered text of Romeo and Juliet into a SUPERB theater piece — premiered las month at the 2015 Zurich Opera Festival. His outstanding staging is based on mafia rivalry and highly inspired by The Godfather and the direction that respected the timings of this opera to a precision that only can fills you with awe and respect for the director. It […]

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.

Opera Cake

2015-07-18 21:15:00

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment. 

Belcanto operas are known to be super-difficult to stage because of the poor librettos. Most of the belcanto productions are truly dreadful and the common attitude is that the concert versions of operas operas are far better and more efficient than the staged attempts to make the lame-ass librettos look plausible on stage. Christof Loy’s take at I Capuletti e I Montecchi at Zurich Opera — the house run by the unsurpassable Andreas Homoki — is an example of precisely the opposite. He turned this butchered text of Romeo and Juliet into a SUPERB theater piece — premiered las month at the 2015 Zurich Opera Festival. His outstanding staging is based on mafia rivalry and highly inspired by The Godfather and the direction that respected the timings of this opera to a precision that only can fills you with awe and respect for the director. It takes a village… so […]

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.

Opera Cake

2014-11-03 20:53:00

Interesting news from Munich 

Two weeks before la prima of the new production of Manon Lescaut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the house announced today that Anna Netrebko decided to pull out from the show. It is quite clear from the press release that the main reason for her withdrawal is that she does not like the Hans Neuenfels production. Details are obviously unclear: During the premiere performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (15th, 19th, 24th, 27th, 30th November as well as 4th and 7th December) Kristīne Opolais will replace Anna Netrebko in the title role. General Manager Nikolaus Bachler expressed his deep regret that Anna Netrebko would not be performing. “We would still like to thank Anna Netrebko for deciding at an early stage that, due to differing artistic perspectives on the work, she would prefer to pull out. The Bayerische Staatsoper is well known for combining first-class […]

Interesting news from Munich

Opera Cake

2015-02-08 15:08:00

Renaissance of the Paris Opera? 

After the years of appalling mediocrity and catastrophic productions presented at the Paris Opera, the new artistic direction --lead by the formidable Stéphane Lissner-- is proposing a fantastic program for their first season (2015-2016) which is likely to revive our passion for opera in Paris that was sadly reduced to a few OKish productions presented at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées during the past several years. What new productions? Moses und Aron, directed by Romeo Castellucci, the same Romeo who produced several theater productions in Paris in the past several years --including a festival dedicated to his vision of theater-- all of which were met with a rare intellectual enthusiasm, a phenomenal artistic success, many opposed critics that spurred discussions, created a dialogue of opposing views that in our time evolve separately (with that terribly degrading maxime "All opinions are […]

Renaissance of the Paris Opera?

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