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President Trump at the Golden Globes. Trump responded directly to Streep, using
his preferred communication medium of Twitter to call Streep
In 2015, Bampton Classical Opera’s production of Salieri’s La grotta di Trofonio - a UK premiere - received well-deserved accolades: ‘a revelation ... the music is magnificent’ (Seen and Heard International), ‘giddily exciting, propelled by wit, charm and bags of joy’ (The Spectator), ‘lively, inventive ... a joy from start to finish’ (The Oxford Times), ‘They have done Salieri proud’ (The Arts Desk) and ‘an enthusiastic performance of riotously spirited music’ (Opera Britannia) were just some of the superlative compliments festooned by the critical press.
How many singers does it take to make an opera? There are single-role operas - Schönberg’s Erwartung (1924) and Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies (1969) spring immediately to mind - and there are operas that just require a pair of performers, such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart i Salieri (1897) or The Telephone by Menotti (1947).
The college administration and President Denise Battles’ recent
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to more. This decision reflects the administration’s blatant disregard
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Lucerne Festival announces its 2017 Summer Festival.
The GRAMMY Award-winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an all-new production inspired by the splendor and music of the palace of Versailles. King Louis XIV transformed his father’s pastoral hunting lodge at Versailles into a lavish palace that served as the seat of government and culture in France.
Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre, a full-length opera in three acts with a libretto by Diane Osen based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, will receive its world premiere at The Kaye Playhouse (Hunter College) on Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm with a second performance on Saturday, October 22, 8pm. Jane Eyre is Karchin’s second opera, composed in 2014, following his critically acclaimed one-act comic opera Romulus.
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Kseniia Muslanova from the Russian Federation has won the 3rd annual Elizabeth Connell Prize for aspiring dramatic sopranos held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney Australia on 3 September 2016.
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Lyric soprano Elizabeth Caballero’s signature role is Violetta in La traviata, which she portrays with a compelling interpretation, focused sound, and elegant coloratura that floats through the opera house as naturally as waves on the ocean.
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I arrive at the Jerwood Space, where rehearsals are underway for Garsington
Opera’s forthcoming production of Idomeneo, to find that the
afternoon rehearsal has finished a little early.
Tickets on Sale NOW for June 10 & 12 Performances at UNLV’s Performing Arts Center Box Office
A Double-Bill of Divine Comedies
With its merry-go-round exchange of deluded and bewitched lovers, an orphan-turned-princess, a usurped prince, a jewel and a flower with magical properties, a march to the scaffold and a meddling ‘mistress-of-ceremonies’ who encourages the young lovers to disguise and deceive, William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Rose and the Ring has all the ingredients of an opera buffa.
Kathleen Kelly is an internationally renowned pianist, coach, conductor, and master teacher. She was the first woman and first American named Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera.
Atsuto Sawakami is a slightly built man in his late sixties with impeccable, gentlemanly manners. He communicates a certain restless energy and his piercingly bright eyes reveal an undimmed appetite for life.
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14 Sep 2015
Hibla Gerzmava to Debut at Carnegie Hall
The name of Hibla Gerzmava has been famous in the opera world since 1994,
when at age 24 the Abkhazian-Russian soprano won the Grand Prix at Tchaikovsky
International Competition, entering its history as the first and only vocalist
to have been awarded the highest prize.
One of the most in-demand recitalists today and a mainstay at most leading
opera houses worldwide, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the
Paris Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Ms. Gerzmava is by right considered
a vocal phenomenon.
While the soprano’s unusually vast vocal range makes her one of the most
diverse classical singers today (over the past decade her repertoire has
broadened from Baroque to verismo to classical crossover), it is the rare
quality of her voice that turns each of her performances into an event to
remember. Filled with sensual energy and haunting beauty, Ms. Gerzmava’s
voice pierces the listener’s heart and captivates it with the power of
Following her 2015 Metropolitan Opera triumph as the doomed Antonia in
Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, the artist will mark her North American
solo recital debut with “An Evening with Hibla Gerzmava”, a dramatically
intense recital program that will take place on the main stage of Carnegie Hall
on October 8, 2015.
Accompanied on the piano by internationally acclaimed concertmaster and
long-term recording partner Ekaterina Ganelina, Ms. Gerzmava will unveil the
rich and mysterious world of arias and romances of the late 18th -
early 20th centuries.
On the heels of her 2014 album “Vocal Cycles and Romances by Russian
Composers” (also with Ms. Ganelina at the piano), the soprano will open the
evening with a selection of idyllic and slightly nostalgic romances by
Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff set to the lyrics of Russian and European poetry
luminaries. In the second part of the program the artist will turn to a more
dramatic repertoire and explore the depths of a woman’s soul through the
arias of ill-fated opera heroines - from Handel’s grief-stricken Almira to
Bellini’s enigmatic Norma, whose cavatina Casta Diva is known to be among Ms.
Gerzmava’s signature pieces.
“An Evening with Hibla Gerzmava” will no doubt conquer many hearts in
Carnegie Hall, not only as a beautiful vocal recital, but also as a deeply
moving musical journey. For more information about this recital,
presented by XIV Music Festival "Hibla Gerzmava Invites...", and to purchase
your tickets, visit Carnegie Hall's website www.carnegiehall.org
Raisa Massuda is an opera and recital reviewer, writing articles for
Mandolin Vision, Bachtrack.com and Delos Productions.