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Royal Opera House 2017-2018 Review: Falstaff
Dangerously close to the genre of farce, Verdi’s “Falstaff” almost lifts the burden of tough singing from its players. Centered on a large ensemble cast to which - with the exception of the titular protagonist – the vocal challenges are doled out almost equally, its arias are largely scant. Transferring the setting from 15th-century London to a fanciful, blown-up and whimsical take on the fifties, Robert Carsen’s 2012 production of…
Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: Giuseppe Taddei, A Perennial ‘Falstaff’
Born on June 26, 1916, baritone Giuseppe Taddei’s path to a successful career was rather unconventional. He studied in Rome and made his professional debut in “Lohengrin.” In 1942, he was conscripted into the army but returned to singing after World War II, appearing for two seasons in Vienna. He went to sing in London in 1947, followed by the Salzburg Festival, the Teatro di San Carlo, and La Scala,…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Ambrogio Maestri Stars As ‘Falstaff’
This Saturday, the Vienna State Opera brings its season-long live stream series to an end with Verdi’s “Falstaff.” Per the official website, Verdi’s final masterwork will showcase Ambrogio Maestri in his signature role alongside Christopher Maltman as Ford. Among the other major stars of the showcase are Jinxu Xiahou, Olga Bezsmertna, Hila Fahima, and Monika Bohinec. James Conlon conducts Sir David McVicar's production. The performance kicks off at 7 p.m.…
High Notes Opera Meets Film
Opera Meets Film: Everyone is Falstaff in ‘A Bigger Splash’
“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 we will take a look at the Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash.” It’s a…
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The Major Librettos of Arrigo Boito
Arrigo Boito, born on Feb. 24, 1842, has marked his space in the opera world mainly through his opera “Mefistofele.” He didn’t get a chance to create much other music, his final work, “Nerone,” never coming to full fruition. But he did leave his mark in other major ways. Here is a look at his most famous works, outside of his own opera. Two Verdi Masterpieces It isn’t much of…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Verdi’s Career Ends With A Joke – ‘Falstaff’
It all ends with a joke. After decades of dominating the opera world as a foremost melodrammatist, Verdi's final opera is the complete opposite, a comedy. "Falstaff," which premiered on Feb. 9, 1893, was written by Arrigo Boito and is nothing like the other works Verdi had ever composed. He openly mocks his other works throughout. He tears down operatic structures he had championed throughout his life. The work is…
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Baritone Tito Gobbi’s 5 Greatest Recordings
Tito Gobbi is arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest baritone of the 20th century. Born on Oct. 24, 1913, his career really took off after the second World War with the singer performing all around the world in a wide range of great Italian repertoire. He not only sang with a gorgeous baritone sound that featured tremendous technical control but also infused his interpretations with acute and…
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The Famous Comic Roles of Baritone Rolando Panerai
Rolando Panerai was one of the great baritones of the mid-1900s. Born on Oct. 17, 1924, the Campi Bisenzio-born singer would add around 150 operas to his repertoire, an obscene number by any standards. As one might expect, he was a massive exponent of the Italian repertoire, particularly in the operas of Verdi where he sang everything from the great roles such as “Simon Boccanegra” and “Rigoletto” to the rarely…
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Ópera de Colombia & Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo Put Together Dream Team For ‘Falstaff’
Go big or go home. That’s one theme of Verdi’s “Falstaff,” and it is certainly the big idea behind the Ópera de Colombia’s co-production this week with the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo. Directed by Alejandro Chacón, celebrating his 25th anniversary since making his directorial debut at the Teatro Colón, and conducted by Chilean maestro Rodolfo Fischer, the production of Verdi’s final masterpiece features a Latin American cast of…
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The Baritone & Bass (!) Roles of Dramatic Tenor Ramón Vinay
Ramón Vinay was one of the greatest dramatic tenors of all-time, his dark and potent voice often cited as the shining example of what Verdi’s “Otello” should sound like. In fact, Carlo Bergonzi famously declared that Vinay’s was the only one he found suitable for the role of the tragic Moor. Vinay, born on August 31, 1912, in Chile, actually got his start as a baritone before taking on the…