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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: The 5 Sopranos Who Have Sung ‘Semiramide’ At the Met
Rossini’s “Semiramide” is arguably one of the finest operas that the composer created. Being his final Italian work, Rossini had attained a depth of craft that represented the culmination of years and years of steady work. Unfortunately, “Semiramide” is also monstrously difficult to mount and when it opens at the Metropolitan Opera on Feb. 19, 2018, the performance count for the opera at the famed company will still be below…
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3 Rare Operas that June Anderson Championed In Her Career
June Anderson, born on December 30, 1952, authored one of the unique opera careers of the 20th century. The lyric soprano seemed destined for the path often taken, but wound up moving in diverse directions with regards to repertoire. This very aspect was revealed in her becoming the first non-Italian to ever win the prestigious Bellini d’Oro Prize. She sang at many of the famous opera houses throughout her career,…
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Remembering the Five Major Artists From The Fall of the Wall
Twenty-eight years ago, on Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came crashing down in a moment that will always go down in history for its political significance. The moment also had major musical significance as it showcased Leonard Berstein leading a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Bernstein controversially had the word “Freheit (freedom)” replace “Freude (joy)” in the text of the final movement to highlight the emotional weight of the…
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6 Iconic Singers Who Championed Donizetti’s ‘Anna Bolena,”Lucrezia Borgia’ & ‘Norma’
December 26 marks the premiere of three major operas of the Bel canto repertoire. Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" premiered the day after Christmas in 1830 while his "Lucrezia Borgia" premiered in 1833 of that same date. Meanwhile, Bellini's "Norma" premiered on the 26th of December in 1831. All three works share similarities in that they are some of the most difficult works for sopranos in all of opera. Given these challenges, it is…