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40 Funs Facts About Tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz
Arturo Chacón Cruz is one of the major Mexican tenors setting the opera world on fire. On August 20, 1977, he turns 40, giving OperaWire a chance to look at 40 fun facts about the tenor, who is now entering his prime. He was born in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. Chacón Cruz graduated from the Houston Grand Opera Studio… …and Boston University’s Opera Institute with a full scholarship… … and San…
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Remembering Johan Botha’s Greatest Roles
One of the great tragedies of 2016 was losing tenor Johan Botha in the midst of his vocal prime. At just 51 years of age, he still had, at the very least, a few solid years of singing to impart on us. Those who heard Botha will rarely forget his beautiful tenor, a delicate instrument by nature capable of ripping through any orchestra with a strength and force, but without…
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4 Operas By Antonio Salieri You Should Listen To
Poor Antonio Salieri. Born on August 18, 1750, the prolific composer’s fate in posterity has not been a kind one. Despite composing a plethora of operas that were quite popular at the time of his death, his legacy has unfortunately been linked to a legend that is far from true. You know the story: the composer was the rival of Mozart and was the one major cause behind the great…
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Fabio Armiliato’s Metropolitan Opera Performances
Fabio Armiliato is one of the most respected Italian tenors of his generation. Together with his late wife Daniela Dessi, he performed all over the world in many of the most popular works. He also made a career out of championing less known operas. While he is currently in demand in Europe, his U.S. engagements continue to be limited with his last appearance being with the New York City Opera…
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Opera Meets Film: ‘Tosca’ & James Bond Come Together in ‘Quantum of Solace’
“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment features Marc Forster’s “Quantum of Solace.” Let’s make one thing clear – I don’t…
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Verdi, Verdi & Something Else: The Roles Krassimira Stoyanova & Sharon Sweet Both Sang
Sharon Sweet and Krassimira Stoyanova. Two sopranos born on August 16 with rather different careers. The former was a well-known American dramatic soprano who took on a wide range of Italian and German repertoire, most prominently singing operas by Wagner and Verdi. The latter, a Bulgarian with a far lighter voice, has slowly dug into that very same dramatic repertoire, balancing it with the lighter fare. And yet there has…
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Donizetti, Rossini & Other Composers To Adapt Walter Scott’s Works Into Operas
Walter Scott, born on August 15, 1771, is among the most important English-language writers, his works essential parts of the literary canon. In fact, he created some true masterpieces that would go on to inspire some of the greatest opera composers as well. Here is a look at the important operas based on the works of Scott. Ivanhoe Scott’s most famous novel got a number of operatic adaptations, though none…
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10 Must See Opera Productions Of The Fall 2017-18 Season [International]
After showcasing a wide range of repertoire that will be showcased this fall in the United States, it's time to look at the European theaters. With hundreds of houses around the world opening at the same time, it was challenging to put together this list. But after looking through several theaters, OperaWire has curated the must-see operas for this fall and winter season that are sure to please audiences as…
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6 Milestones in Ailyn Perez’s Early Career
Ailyn Pérez is one of today's rising stars in the opera world. She has slowly built her career with a varied repertoire that has shown her versatility and acting chops. In celebration of her birthday on August 15, 1979, OperaWire takes a look at some of the soprano's milestones thus far. Operalia and Competitions  While Pérez did not win the Operalia competition, she took home the second prize. However, she did…
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Which Stories Could Make Opera More Mainstream?
Most people tend to have fairly firm stances on opera: they either love it or they just don’t relate to it. In part, this is because the style of music and performance can be an acquired taste. But it may also be because operas don’t tend to revolve around well-known tales. Ordinary musicals tend to be a little more recognizable. They might be based on anything from classic literature (think…