Alfredo Kraus

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9 Fun Facts About Tenor Alfredo Kraus’ Legendary Discography
Tenor Alfredo Kraus is undeniably one of the greatest artists in the history of opera. Born 90 years ago on Nov. 24, 1927, the tenor had a superlative technique that allowed him to become one of the prolific tenors of his era. He excelled in the bel canto repertoire and took on the French masters, but he also specialized in Spanish repertoire, singing and recording a wide range of zarzuela…
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CD/DVD Releases -Week of May 22: Joan Sutherland, Plácido Domingo & Aida Garifullina Lead New Releases
This week three star-studded DVD will invade markets. The first stars Joan Sutherland and Alfredo Kraus while the other stars Plácido Domingo in a signature role. Finally, audiences will get to see rising star Aida Garifullina in one of her early triumphs. Sutherland's "Lucrezia Borgia" The premiere release of the week is Joan Sutherland's acclaimed "Lucrezia Borgia." Opus Arte is releasing the historic performance in a remastering from the Royal Opera House with Alfredo Kraus.…
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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: 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…
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Metropolitan Opera Preview 2016 -17: Diana Damrau & Vittorio Grigolo To Bring Chemistry to ‘Romeo et Juliette’
Gounod’s beloved “Romeo Juliette” returns to the Met on New Years Eve with a star cast that includes two singers that had electric chemistry in another great French work a few years ago. The Performers Diana Damrau and Vittorio were a dynamic duo when they took the stage for Massenet’s “Manon” back in March 2015. Their chemistry was revered by all who witnessed the season’s big event, making their “Romeo…
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In Memoriam 2016: Remembering the Major Opera Singers That Passed This Year
For many, 2016 was a tough year for many reasons. There were many lost political battles, violence exploded around the world and many beloved artists and celebrities saw their lives come to an end. The opera world was particularly devastated in 2016 with the loss of many major stars, some of them rather young. The following is a list of the beloved figures that will be forever missed. Daniela Dessi…