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Jonas Kaufmann & the Other Opera Stars Who Have Featured At The Champions League Final
Those in the opera world might not be privy to the fact that this weekend marks the final of the UEFA Champions League which will showcase Real Madrid and Juventus fighting for the big title. And while the Cristiano Ronaldos and Gianluigi Buffons of the world will be the spotlight during the match, the ceremony preceding it will feature something else that has become quite prominent for this tournament –…
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Frederica Von Stade & Her Collaboration With Jake Heggie
Frederica Von Stade is one of the most beloved mezzo-sopranos. Her infectious charisma and gorgeous voice have made her a legend and a mentor for many singers. Throughout her career, she sang numerous works from Rossini, Donizetti, Cherubini, Mozart and Massenet. However, one of the collaborations that has flourished in recent years is her relationship with Jake Heggie. The first work the two did was in 1995 when Heggie dedicated Three…
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Pride Month 2017: A Look At The LGBT Operas In History
June marks the start of Pride Month, a month dedicated to commemorating the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events occur to honor the achievements of LGBT individuals. This month OperaWire will also dedicate a section to honoring LGBT individuals, operas, and achievements. It is our goal to bring visibility to works that have long been neglected and that need to be brought…
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A Look At ‘JFK’ As We Celebrate Former U.S. President’s Centennial
Today is the birthday of John F. Kennedy. But it is no ordinary birthday, as the former U.S. President would have turned 100 had he lived to this day. While the President has been showcased throughout history in books and films, his appearance in opera is actually far rarer. In fact, there is really only one opera dedicated to him and it was composed last year. Here are some fun…
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Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About Elena Souliotis and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Elena Souliotis and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau were both born on May 28. The former came into the world in 1943 while the latter came 18 years earlier in 1925. Both singers had tremendous careers, the German baritone among the greatest lieder interpreters of all time. Meanwhile, the soprano was one of the leading interpreters of the Italian repertoire. Ultimately they are remembered for very different reasons, but they share a few…
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Teresa Stratas and Her Relationship to ‘Lulu’
Teresa Stratas was recognized as one of the finest singing actresses of her time. Stratas, born on May 26, 1938, was known for her commitment to the stage and for her wide repertoire. She created the role of Marie Antoinette in Corigliano's "The Ghost of Versailles," she dominated the Oscar-nominated Zeffirelli movie "La Traviata," she had a fine relationship with the music of Kurt Weill and she premiered the iconic…
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Remembering The Operatic Genius & Pioneering Spirit of Beverly Sills On Her Birthday
Beverly Sills was one of the greatest sopranos of her time and she became an American icon, not only for her singing but also for her outreach and her work promoting young upcoming singers. While she died 10 years ago, her voice still lives on and in celebration of her birth on May 25, OperaWire takes a look at why Sills should be admired and why we all love the…
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Happy National Wine Day: Opera’s Most Famous Drinking Songs!
It's National Wine Day and opera definitely has moments where drinking is essential to the story! To celebrate this fine liquor let's take a look at some of the most interesting drinking songs in opera. Macbeth  As Macbeth receives his guests for the evening, he calls upon his wife to make a toast. And this starts a dance-like melody filled with devilish coloratura runs that test the high range of any…
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A Look at Richard Wagner’s Unfinished Masterpieces
For many Richard Wagner is the greatest composer in the history of opera. The German master, born on May 22, 1813, revolutionized not only how opera was created, but he also changed the direction of musical composition, among other things. Everyone knows him for the 10 operas that he wrote, starting with “Die Fliegende Holländer” and concluding with “Parsifal,” though there is some growing interest in his first three works…
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Olga Peretyatko’s Long-Standing Relationship with Rossini
Olga Peretyatko, born on May 21, 1980, is one of in-demand coloratura sopranos of her time. She is currently dominating the role of Gilda in Verdi's "Rigoletto," Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" and Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." However, before Olga Peretyatko was a huge star in the opera world the soprano was a household name at the Rossini Opera Festival where she achieved many great successes. Thanks to the festival's…