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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – Andrea Chénier: Jonas Kaufmann Shines, But Another Star Is Brighter
Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier” is in many ways a sibling of Puccini’s “Tosca.” Both were sired by librettist Luigi Illica and both share the staple verismo ingredients of sex, politics, romantic obsession, frustrated baritones, and a grim end for the protagonists. There is also the common factor of youth in all its sanguine exuberance. Cavaradossi and Chénier are idealists with fatal subversive proclivities, while Tosca and Maddalena are plucky paramours prepared…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros Star in ‘Andrea Chénier’
Jonas Kaufmann brings his famed interpretation of Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier” to the Vienna State Opera in a production that will be live streamed online as part of the company’s season-long series. The showcase on April 29 will be the tenor’s second production of the opera in just a few weeks. He performed the title role in Barcelona a few weeks ago at the Grand Teatre del Liceu. Frequent stage partner…
High Notes On This Day
Fun Facts About Sergei Leiferkus’ Met Opera Career
Russian Baritone Sergei Leiferkus, born on April 4, 1946, is recognized for his unique vocal quality. If you haven’t heard him before, then you should, because he has one of the most individual sounds you’ll ever hear. In fact, here’s an excerpt from a role we will talk about in a bit. In any case, the baritone enjoyed a solid career in the world of Italian and Russian opera, performing…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Umberto Giordano’s ‘Andrea Chénier’
Umberto Giordano will forever be remembered for one opera, “Andrea Chénier.” The work, which world premiered on March 28, 1896, remains renowned for its sweeping romantic melodies, becoming a major vehicle for the star tenor that is tasked with four major solo passages on top of two extended duets with soprano. The opera’s famed aria “La Mamma Morta” has become a pop culture icon in Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia.” Short Plot…
In Review Stage Reviews
Gran Theatre del Liceu 2017-18 Review – Andrea Chénier: Sondra Radvanovsky Steals the Show From Jonas Kaufmann in Barcelona
There is something of Halley’s comet about Umberto Giordano’s most famous opera “Andrea Chénier.” It reappears every so often (happily not so infrequently as every 75 years) excites and dazzles, leaves verismo fanatics in paroxysms of delight, then vanishes back into the operatic firmament. With the recent notable exception at La Scala, productions of “Andrea Chénier” have invariably been connected to a star tenor.  Beniamino Gigli in the 40s, Mario del…
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How To Watch Opening Night At Teatro Alla Scala
Today is opening night at the Teatro alla Scala and as every year the opera is scheduled to be streamed on the radio, broadcast on television and streamed to cinemas. So how can audiences tune to into the event? Here is how! For Italian audiences RAi 1 will showcase the video recording beginning at 17:45  Italian time while RAI 3 and RSI will stream the opera on radio. Klassikraadio will also showcase…
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Artist Of The Week: Yusif Eyvazov Makes La Scala Debut As Andrea Chenier
Over the past few years Yusif Eyvazov’s star has been in ascension. Since his breakout in 2014, when he performed “Manon Lescaut” with Anna Netrebko at the Teatro dell’opera di Roma, the tenor has debuted in many of the greatest theaters. However, this week he will headline his biggest assignment yet. Eyvazov will open the Teatro Alla Scala 2017-18 season in the title role of “Andrea Chénier,” a part he…
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Opera Meets Film: Analyzing the Transcendent Power of the Maria Callas Scene From Jonathan Demme’s ‘Philadelphia’
“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 Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia.” Opera permeates the structure of Demme’s famed film “Philadelphia” in…
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Not Just ‘Andrea Chénier’ – The Other Umberto Giordano Operas
You know “Andrea Chénier,” but how many other Umberto Giordano operas can you name? Some might remember “Fedora,” or even “Siberia,” thanks to Sonya Yoncheva’s recent performance, but chances are, you might not know that in sum, Giordano composed a total of 13 operas, more than Puccini. But unfortunately, as was the case with a number of other composers of the era not named Puccini, fame came from one work.…
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5 of Mario del Monaco’s Most Famous Roles & Recordings
When we look back at the history of operatic tenors, Mario del Monaco, born on July 27, 1915, will always stand out for his massive sound and larger-than-life vocal personality. He had a massive sound that he wielded like a weapon full of intensity and emotional prowess. Looking at his repertoire, he wasn’t the most diverse of singers, his number of roles rather limited compared to other artists of the…