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Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: King Phillip Himself, Ferruccio Furlanetto
Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of opera’s great Verdi basses, though his repertoire has vastly evolved throughout his successful career. Born on May 16, 1949, Furlanetto made his professional debut at age 25 in Lonigo. Five years later he was at La Scala in Verdi’s “Macbeth.” His Met debut came in 1981, where he has been a fixture throughout his career. In the US, he has also frequently performed at the…
In Review Stage Reviews
Opéra de Lyon 2017-18 Review – Don Carlos: Even With An Auto-Da-Fé, Christophe Honoré’s Production Never Catches Fire
“Don Carlos” or “Don Carlo?” In French or Italian? Four acts or five? Three hours or four? Paris, Naples, Milan or Modena version? Pas de deux or pas de nul? Verdi’s longest opera is so full of revisions, rewrites, authorized or impious corrections, it is impossible to nominate a definitive score. The master music dramatist tinkered with this opera for 20 years and was never entirely happy with the result. Although…
Opera Quiz
Opera Quiz: Which ‘Don Carlo’ Character Best Resembles You?
"Don Carlo," which premiered on March 11, 1867, is arguably Verdi's most complex concoction. The work features five major characters, all of them imbued with tremendous complexity, some more than others. Among them we see a confused prince trying to find purpose in his life; a rebel ready to risk all for his cause; a queen troubled by the conflict between duty and love; a princess trying to earn her…
In Review Stage Reviews
Washington National Opera 2017-18 Review – Don Carlo: Great Voices & A Brilliant, Fatalist Production Make Verdi Masterwork More Relevant Than Ever
It’s somewhat of a cliché for Golden Age thinking to creep into the dialogue of the opera world. How many times have you heard someone make the claim that they don’t make great voices the way they used to? The obvious answer is that they don’t because the world has changed and so have tastes. But sometimes, you’ll find those performances where the singing does remind you of that great…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Embracing Tradition & Moving Beyond It – Tenor Russell Thomas On ‘Don Carlo,’ ‘Otello,’ & How To Learn From Artists & Audiences Of The Present & Past
This Saturday, March 3, 2018, the Washington National Opera will be staging a four-act version of “Don Carlo” with a superstar cast. While many might turn to the likes of Leah Crocetto, Jamie Barton, or Eric Owens, for the star power, tenor Russell Thomas is poised to have a big night in his Washington National Opera debut. Thomas recently spoke to OperaWire about his foray into the opera as well…
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Top Five Opera to See This Weekend – International (12/15-17): Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera & Opera Di Roma Highlight Weekend
We are in the midst of holiday season and the opera houses in Europe are going as strong as ever. This week, we feature a company opening its season, among many other distinguished performances. Let’s take a look. Der Rosenkavalier – Vienna State Opera On Saturday, opera lovers in Vienna will get a chance to hear the Strauss masterpiece in the classic Otto Schenk production. Adam Fischer conducts a cast…
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Maria Katzarava To Sing Don Carlo In Valencia
Maria Katzarava will alternate with María José Siri in “Don Carlo” in Spain. The Palau de Les Arts in Valencia announced that the Mexican soprano will perform the role of Elisabetta on Dec. 12 and 18, marking the first she sings the Verdi opera. It has been a big Verdi season for Katzarava who has also debuted Leonora in “Il Trovatore” in Padova and Lina in “Stiffelio” in Parma. Other…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Q&A: Karine Babajanyan Talks About Puccini Heroines, Vocal Techinque & Her Verdi Wish-List
Karine Babajanyan is well known for her wide-ranging repertoire in the lirico-spinto fach, performing the works of Verdi and Puccini and many of the Verismo composers. She has particularly become well-known for her interpretations of "Madama Butterfly," "Tosca," "Aida," Amelia in "Un Ballo in Maschera" and has travelled to many of the leading theaters including the Berlin Staatsoper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Frankfurt Oper, the Dresden Semperoper, the Zurich Opera, and…
High Notes On This Day
The Opera Adaptations of Friedrich Schiller’s Famous Works
Friedrich Schiller is one of the great writers in history, his work focusing on major philosophy and a number of major dramas. Of course, his legacy is preserved in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the text to the final music set to Schiller’s poetry. Born on Nov. 10, 1759, his philosophical essays centered on ethics and aesthetics, two such works centering on the concept of the sublime. Of his major dramas, a…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Q&A: María José Siri On ‘Madama Butterfly,’ Verismo & Verdi
Over the past year, María José Siri's career has skyrocketed from opening the Teatro alla Scala in a new production of "Madama Butterfly" to premiering a new production of "Manon Lescaut" at the Teatro Regio di Torino. This past month she was also called to make another high-profile opening at the Vienna State Opera in "Il Trovatore." Since then she has been in demand around the world from the Arena…