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On This Day: 5 Reasons Renée Fleming Is An Inspiration
Renée Fleming is one of the most iconic sopranos of our time as she has broken the mold for what it means to be an operatic diva. On February 14, Fleming celebrates her 58th birthday and OperaWire celebrates it by taking a look at what makes Fleming such an inspiration. Intelligence and Depth  Every time Renée Fleming approaches a role, she engages in a tremendous amount of research. Fleming is…
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Artist Of The Week: Joyce DiDonato Conquers Rossini’s ‘Semiramide’
For years Joyce DiDonato has been a master in the Bel Canto repertoire singing Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Her vocal flexibility and nuance has brought new musical insights to some of this neglected repertoire, her approach often innovative. This week DiDonato took on the role of Rossini's "Semiramide" for the first time at the Bayerische Staatsoper and after listening to the premiere it looks like DiDonato has conquered the difficult role. DiDonato…
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On This Day: The Kings of High Cs in Donizetti’s ‘La Fille du Regiment’
February 11, 1840. Donizetti was premiering his latest work, a French comedy known as “La Fille du Regiment.” Among his works, it was a true rarity in its approach to style. He had a lot banking on this work, looking to fully establish his reputation in the cultural capital of the world. But it was a disaster. One of the big reasons? The lead tenor, Mécène Marié de l’Isle, was…
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On This Day: 90-Year-Old Leontyne Price’s Wisdom on Race, Art & Success
On Friday, Feb. 10, legendary soprano soprano Leontyne Price turns 90. The soprano is perhaps one of the greatest in the history of all of opera, her influence spreading far and wide. Not only do other artists embrace her greatness, but her prominence on the operatic stage in the 50’s and 60’s helped open the door for black singers to leave their mark on the art form. Today we remember…
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On This Day: 4 Mad Scenes in Hildegard Behrens’ Repertoire
Hildegard Beherens is regarded as one of the greatest dramatic sopranos of the 20th century as she delivered intensity in everything she portrayed. Sometimes criticized for her over acting, whatever Behrens did on stage was still effective and memorable. In celebration of the great soprano's birthday, OperaWire takes a look at the mad scenes that Behrens portrayed. Salome One can question whether or not Salome has gone mad by the…
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On This Day: An Extensive Look at Jussi Björling’s Career At the Metropolitan Opera
On Feb. 5, 1911, the world was given the great gift that was Jussi Björling. The Swedish tenor became an icon throughout his career, his perfect vocal control a defining feature of his extensive career. Björling is in many ways synonymous with the Metropolitan Opera, becoming one of the company’s principal artists throughout the 1940’s and 50’s singing a wide range of repertoire. Early Years He made his debut on…
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On This Day: A Look At Martina Arroyo’s Rarities as She Turns 80
Martina Arroyo is one of the greatest singers of 1960's and 1980's and was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve wide success. Today she is viewed as part of an instrumental group of performers who helped break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. This year Arroyo celebrates her 80th birthday and today she is still actively developing voices under her foundation.…
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On This Day: Renata Tebaldi’s Relationship With ‘La Bohème’ & ‘Manon Lescaut’
What do Renata Tebaldi, Puccini’s “La Bohème” and his “Manon Lescaut” have in common? They were all “born” on the same day - Feb. 1. The great soprano came into the world on Feb. 1, 1922 in Pesaro, Italy, the land of Rossini, but ironically not one of the featured composers in her repertoire. She did sing two of his opera’s,” “L’assedio di Corinto” and “Gugliemo Tell,” performing the first…
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On This Day: Watch All of Mario Lanza’s Vocal Performances From His 8 Films
Mario Lanza was born on Jan. 31, 1921, but unfortunately lived just 38 years, dying in 1959. Everyone knows who Lanza is. Regardless of whether you go to the opera or not, the matinee idol’s sunshine voice is among the most recognizable in the history of the 20th century music. Lanza’s great face and our memory of his voice really comes down to his cinematic output, which surprisingly comes down…
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On This Day: Remembering An Exemplary But Often Overlooked Lady Macbeth Interpreter
Name your favorite Lady Macbeth from Verdi’s opera. Go ahead. I bet many of you threw around the name Maria Callas. Or Leonie Rysanek, Shirley Verrett or in modern times Anna Netrebko, Maria Guleghina or Liudmyla Monastyrska. How many of you had Mara Zampieri at the top of that list? For those of you who picked the Italian soprano, who turns 65 years-old on Jan. 30, 2017, thank you. If…