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On This Day – Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
Puccini’s “Tosca” had its debut on Jan. 14, 1900. Since then it has been an instant classic, one of the staples of the operatic repertoire. All of the world’s greatest sopranos have taken their respective cracks at the role with Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Leontyne Price and Eva Marton among some of the many popular exponents of the role. And yet for all of its popularity, there are some interesting…
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On This Day: Ben Heppner’s Memorable Moments At The Met
Ben Heppner was one of the most beloved dramatic tenors of his time and one that was admired for his technique. While he retired from the opera world and dedicated himself to radio, the tenor left so many memorable moments on stage. This season he celebrated his 25th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera with a special gala alongside Deborah Voigt and Susan Graham. For the occasion of his 61st birthday…
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On This Day: 5 Operas Juan Diego Florez Revived To The Repertoire
Juan Diego Florez is one of the most beloved tenors around the world. He has dominated the Bel Canto repertoire for years and his mastery of coloratura is unmeasured. For years the tenor has made an effort to revive works that are rarely performed or simply have been lost in the repertoire. These works have been given special treatment as they have not only showcased the tenor's diversity but also…
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On This Day: Five Essential Verdi Recordings By Baritone Renato Bruson
Renato Bruson is one of the famous Verdi baritones of all time. His rotund sound had such tremendous range that allowed him to tackle all of the composer’s major roles, almost all to resounding success. He also had such a fantastic technical mastery of his voice that, despite being born on Jan. 13, 1936, he could still be heard singing well into his late 70’s. Thankfully he also left behind…
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‘Don Carlo’ Or ‘Don Carlos’ – What is the Best Version of Verdi’s Titanic Masterwork?
Verdi’s “Don Carlo” makes its return to La Scala for the first time in decades in its five act version. For many this is the best version of the opera, but the bottom line is that there is no such thing as a real version of the opera with differing versions having different strengths. The work premiered in 1867. Heavy revisions came in 1884 (the so-called "Milan Version") and then…
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On This Day: A Look At Waltraud Meier’s Roles Outside the Wagner Repertory
Waltraud Meier is recognized as one of the world's greatest Wagnerians as she has performed most of the great soprano and mezzo roles from the composer. For 20 years she was the Isolde of choice for most houses and she also succeeded as Kundry in "Parsifal." However, most will forget that the singer accomplished great acclaim in the types of repertoire. In honor of her 61st birthday, Operawire takes a…
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On This Day – How Rudolf Bing Transformed the Metropolitan Opera Forever
Rudolf Bing’s name towers in the world of opera. The Austrian-born impresario, born on January 9, 1902, has an enduring legacy, in many ways tainted by the scandals and feuds Bing was known to have with the opera’s greatest figures and lesser-known figures during many of the company’s most tumultuous years. But to see the general manager who wielded his power like a tyrant overlooks many of the essential things…
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On This Day: Celebrating Hibla Gerzmava’s Birthday With 5 Career Highlights
On Jan.6 Hibla Germava will celebrate her 46th birthday with a special day off. The soprano made to sure to make it clear on her calendar that it was her birthday and that she would not be singing. In celebration of Germava's birthday, Operawire takes a look at some of the achievements thus far in her career. 1994 First Prize  In this year Gerzmava competed in the Tchaikovsky International Competition, Russia's…
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On This Day: A Look at Operas That Grace Bumbry Sang As Both Soprano and Mezzo As She Celebrates Her 80th
On Jan. 4 Grace Bumbry will celebrate her 80th birthday. The mezzo soprano is recognized as one of the pioneers in the world of classical music who paved the way for future African-American opera and classical singers. The mezzo had the distinction of having a powerful and big voice that sang with commitment and intensity. She was also recognized for her agility and bel canto technique. But what she was also recognized for was her…
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On This Day: 5 Essential Recordings of Donizetti’s Masterpiece ‘Don Pasquale’
On Jan.3, 1843 Donizetti's comic masterpiece "Don Pasquale" made its premiere with immediate success. It immediately became part of the standard repertoire and a piece that was translated into French, and performed all over the world. Since its premiere the opera has been performed more than 700 times and has been recorded by many great artists. To celebrate the works premiere, OperaWire takes a look at some of the essential…