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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Preview 2016-17- Plácido Domingo’s Last Stand As ‘Nabucco’
Plácido Domingo heads to the cinemas on Saturday as he returns to the role of Verdi’s “Nabucco” as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The performance will feature Domingo in the title role, for which he has garnered rave reviews. OperaWire noted that the role “fits him like a glove… At 75, his voice, while possessing an edge and wider vibrato, is still as imposing as ever.”…
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Weekend Preview (12/30 – 1/1) – USA: New York Galas Dominate New Year’s Weekend
New Years weekend will not be particularly active in the American opera scene. Only three major companies will make their respective presences felt as the calendar turns from 2016 to 2017. The Metropolitan Opera will continue its full slate of operas, showcasing three works to end the year. There will be two performances given on Friday, December 30. At 12 p.m. EST, the company will showcase Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”…
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4 Operas Announced For Houston Grand Opera 2016-17 Winter Season
The Houston Grand Opera has announced the second half of its 2016-17 season, which kicks off in January with the 30th anniversary of John Adams’ “Nixon in China.” The opera originally made its world premiere with Houston Grand back in 1987, though this new production is slated to play up the media and technology themes of modern-day. The opera, which presents Nixon’s visit to China, incidentally premieres on Jan. 20,…
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Tenor Russell Thomas To Sing Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
Russell Thomas will grace millions of viewers in the United States with his brilliant tenor during the midnight mass on Christmas Eve at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The tenor made the announcement via Twitter. He slated to sing “O Holy Night” during the mass. Thomas is currently performing a run of Verdi’s “Nabucco” at the Metropolitan Opera alongside Placido Domingo, Jamie Barton and Liumyla Monastyrska. Regarding his performance, OperaWire wrote…
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Metropolitan Opera Review 2016-17 – Nabucco: Placido Domingo, 75, Is Still a Rockstar & So Is the Rest of the Cast
This review is for the performance on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Verdi’s famed overture for his first masterwork “Nabucco” starts off with a few brass calls followed by a massive explosion of sound a few bars later. From there Verdi’s music traverses the contrast between a glorious melody clamoring for peace and one of military drive. It is this contrast between war and harmonic conciliation and peace that drives this opera,…
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Weekend Preview (12/16-18) – USA: Metropolitan, Houston Grand & Anchorage Opera Among Options in Barren Holiday Season
The holiday season means that few opera companies are in full swing in the United States. Thankfully, as the case last weekend, there are still operas pulling out the stops to ensure that opera-hungry audiences are not left famished. Here are the opera companies in the US. On Friday, the Metropolitan Opera showcases its second performance of Verdi’s “Nabucco” starring Placido Domingo in the title role. The cast is rounded…
DVD and CD Reviews In Review
‘All Who Wander’ CD Review: Jamie Barton & Brian Zeger Lead Listener Through Rich Emotional Landscape
For any artist making his or her first solo album is a daunting task. Aside from the technical challenges of going into a studio and repeatedly re-recording tracks that will be spliced together in a manner far different from the spontaneity of live performance, but the repertoire selection can be a point of contention. It would not be surprising to see a debut album filled with popular repertoire or greatest…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Season: Audiences on Social Media Praise Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ Revival
On Dec. 12 Verdi's "Nabucco" opened at the Metropolitan Opera with a star studded cast and an unexpected encore by the chorus in "Va, Pensiero." Placido Domingo made his Met role debut in the title role with James Levine conducting. The duo has performed at the Met since 1971 in over 300 performances. The occasion also saw Luidmyla Monastryska reteam with Domingo after their successful Royal Opera House performances of…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Preview: Placido Domingo Makes Met Role Debut as ‘Nabucco’
The Metropolitan Opera will premiere Verdi’s early masterpiece “Nabucco” on Monday December 12 in a performance featuring legendary tenor-turned-baritone Placido Domingo. The Performers This series of six performances will be Domingo in the title role at the Met after he successfully performed it at the Royal Opera House. The performance was released on DVD. Domingo has showcased a number of his baritone roles on the Met stage over the last…
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Social Media Beat-Week (12/5-9) : How did the Opera Stars Spend their First Week of December?
This week the stars continued rehearsing for upcoming performances but also took some time off to have some fun around the world. Tenor Michael Fabiano spent some time with his friends judging a major circuit Debate tournament. The tenor last sang the national anthem at a Jets game and is taking some time off the opera stage. He returns to the stage for a brief run of Puccini's "La Boheme" at…