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Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Verdi’s ‘Ernani’
Verdi’s “Ernani” is one of his early masterworks that remains at the forefront of the repertory. The work, which premiered on March 9, 1844, isn’t performed nearly as some of the later and more popular works, but it is a massive showcase for the four lead singers, particularly the tenor. The work itself represented the first time that the “Verdi tenor” came into full-blooded existence and its plethora of melodies…
High Notes On This Day
5 Major Operas Based on the Works of Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo, born on Feb. 26, 1802, was one of the great French writers of the 19th century. Many know him as the author of “Les Miserables,” which was then adapted to the famed musical. Or others might recognize his work “Notre Dame de Paris,” in its English title “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” He is well-noted for the populism of his works, which often contradicts the contradictory and ambiguous…
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Ettore Bastianini, Cornell MacNeil, Pablo Elvira & 7 Baritone Roles They Shared
Ettore Bastianini, Pablo Elvira, and Cornell MacNeil share a birthday – September 24. Two of these men, MacNeil and Bastianini were born on the same exact day. All three were baritones, overlapping a ton of repertoire. Of the three, Elvira’s career is perhaps not quite up to the legendary status of the other two men, with Bastianini often crowned as the greatest baritone of all time, despite his career being…
High Notes Opera Meets Film
Opera Meets Film: How Werner Herzog’s ‘Fitzcarraldo’ Frames Its Conflict With Enrico Caruso, Verdi & Bellini
“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 Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo.” A man on a mission to build an opera house…
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The 6 Most Exciting Productions Of La Scala’s 2017-18 Season
La Scala’s 2017-18 season was announced on Wednesday. As with every major season announcement, there is no doubt that some productions resonate more than others among the legendary house’s upcoming offerings. Here are our most hotly anticipated productions of 2017-18. Andrea Chénier  There is no doubt that anything Anna Netrebko touches these days almost always turns to gold. And we can’t wait to hear the soprano take on the glorious melodies…
High Notes On This Day
4 Operas That Ezio Pinza & Boris Christoff Both Performed Extensively
Yesterday we took a look at two titanic sopranos that shared a birthday. Today, May 18, we turn our attention to two important basses that were also born on the same day. Ezio Pinza’s birth came on this day in 1892 while Boris Christoff’s came in 1914. Both artists led rather different careers with the former finishing out his career taking on Broadway in such shows as “South Pacific.” He…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
The Detective Diva – Soprano Marina Rebeka On How She Rigorously Prepares Every Role, Her New Rossini Album & Future Projects
“It’s like having a crime and then trying to justify it and find why it was committed.” That is how soprano Marina Rebeka, currently making her role debut as Donna Elvira at the Metropolitan Opera, approaches every single opera role or artistic endeavor she takes on. The soprano recently spoke with OperaWire regarding her upcoming projects, putting a spotlight on her desire to leave no stone unturned in her passionate…
High Notes On This Day
How Verdi Firmly Established His Ever-Evolving Style in ‘Nabucco’ & ‘Ernani’
On March 9, 1842, Verdi scored his first major success with his opera “Nabucco.” Two years later, on March 9, 1844, the composer scored another riveting success with the world premiere of his “Ernani.” While the respective journeys of these two works have diverged over the one-hundred plus years since their respective debuts (“Nabucco” is a cornerstone of the repertoire while “Ernani” is only sung when major singers want to…
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Clemency & Self-Reflection in Opera’s Just & Benevolent Rulers
Corrupt power is at the heart of most drama. Seeing rulers misuse their power for personal greed or arrogance is at the heart of the mythology on ruling. Moreover, it is impossible not to find some degree of corruption in every leader regardless of his or her greatness. After all, this is a world where a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a symbol of change and progress bombed seven countries…
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Artist of the Week: Angela Meade Continues Her Exploration In Early Verdi With ‘Stiffelio’
The Verdi and Bel Canto repertoire has some of the most challenging music for soprano. It requires flexibility in the voice as well as high and low testitura. Coloratura runs are a must and clear diction and attention to the text are paramount. Among contemporary artists, Angela Meade has been championing this repertoire by not only performing the warhorses such as Verdi's "Il Trovatore" and Bellini's "Norma," but has by…