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Teatro La Fenice 2017-18 Review: Richard III
Giorgio Battistelli is Italy’s most prolific living opera composer, with a catalogue of more than 30 compositions for the stage. In 2005, his opera, “Richard III,” received its world premiere at the De Vlaamse Opera, Belgium, to considerable acclaim and was followed by revivals in Düsseldorf and Geneva. Now, after more than 13 years, it has received its Italian premier at Venice’s La Fenice, in a reprise of Robert Carsen’s…
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Teatro la Fenice 2017-18 Review – Zenobia: Embracing the Past & Future To Create Compelling Performance in the Present
More than 300 years ago, in 1694, the small Venetian theatre of Teatro Grimani di SS Giovanni e Paolo presented Albinoni’s first opera, “Zenobia, Regina de’ Palmireni,” as part of the carnival season. It has now returned to Venice, this time at the Teatro Malibran, for only its second production in the modern era (The first being in Damascus in 2008). Attending a performance of a baroque opera is always…
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La Fenice 2017-18 Review – Un Ballo in Maschera: Gianmaria Aliverta’s Foray Into US Racial Politics Generates Insightful Take on Verdi Classic
La Fenice opened its 2017-18 season with an interesting and courageous production of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” a production which under the direction of Gianmaria Aliverta aimed at producing a deeper reading of the work, one which sought to uncover the underlying structural political conflicts that led to the assassination of a political leader. Verdi and his librettist, Antonio Somma, originally set the opera in the court of Sweden’s…
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La Fenice 2016-17 Review – Cefalo e Procri: Solid Production Concept & Team Revives Underdeveloped Work
For the final new production of the 2016-17 season, La Fenice presented Krenek’s chamber opera, “Cefalo e Procri,” consisting of a prologue and three scenes. Written in 1934, for the 3rd International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Venice Biennale and premiered at the Teatro Goldoni, to a libretto by Kuefferle, it received only a lukewarm reception and promptly disappeared from the stage. Even Krenek himself was apparently unimpressed by…
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Weekend Preview – International (9/15-17): Irina Lungu and Lawrence Brownlee Headline Liceu’s Opening Night
This weekend, a number of productions continue runs all over the world with many of the biggest stars singing. Check out what companies have to offer. Austria  At the Vienna State Opera, Carlos Álvarez and Dorothea Röschmann continue their run of "Le Nozze di Figaro" on Friday while on Sunday audiences get another chance at "Chowanschtschina" with Ferruccio Furlanetto. On Saturday, however, "Salome" will be shown with Gun-Brit Barkmin and Zeljko Lučić.…
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La Fenice 2017 Review – L’Occasione fa il Ladro: Solid Ensemble & One Major Standout Lead Strong Presentation of Rossini Comedy
Written in only 11 days, “L’occasione fa il ladro” was the fourth of five operas Rossini had been contracted to write for Venice’s Teatro San Moisè. Although only a relatively small theater, with a limited budget and basic scenery and boasting only a small cast of singers and without a chorus, it was the perfect size for the one act farce which Rossini was to write for the theatre. At…
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La Fenice 2017 Review – Madama Butterfly: Unique Production & Fascinating Soprano Lift Puccini’s Masterwork to New Heights
“Madama Butterfly”, a perennial favorite with the opera-going public, seems to be, for good or ill, immune to large-scale meddling from directors attempting to impose their own reading on, what is by opera standards, a well-known story. Rarely do productions step outside late 19th/early 20th century Japan, replete with kanzashi hairstyles, colorful kimonos and obi, houses with paper walls adorned with cherry blossom over the entrances, with well-placed bonsai trees…
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Teatro La Fenice 2017 Review – La Sonnambula: A Risk-Taking Diva & Production Elevate Bellini’s Musical Genius
Bellini’s pastoral opera "La Sonnambula" made a welcome return to La Fenice, in a revival of Bepi Morassi’s 2012, widely-acclaimed production. In this outing, conducted by Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Irina Dubrovskaya played the role of Amina, with Shalva Mukeria as Elvino and Roberto Scandiuzzi as Rodolfo. The minor roles were undertaken by Julie Mellor as Teresa, Silvia Frigato as Lisa and William Corrò as Alessio. Bel Canto in Extremis In…
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Teatro La Fenice Review 2016-17 – Lucia di Lammermoor: Nadine Sierra’ s Performance Hints At A Legend In the Making In Psychologically Nuanced Production
When attending a performance of "Lucia di Lammermoor" at one of the world’s top opera houses one would be very surprised to find a Lucia who is not up to the job. We are, in fact, blessed with an array of professional singers who are well equipped to perform the role to the requisite standard but finding one who can perform to the starry heights of a Callas, a Sutherland…
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Weekend Preview – International (12/30- 1/1): ‘Die Fledermaus’ Dominates Throughout Europe
Many of the international opera houses will end the 2016 with a bang, ensuring that their companies put out their best to the very end. Germany At the Baden Baden Festival, Sonya Yoncheva and Piotr Beczala will come together for the yearly Silver Concert with music by Gounod, Massenet, Bizet, Offenbach, Lehar and Strauss. There will also be selections by Edith Piaf and Künneke. Domingo Hindoyan, Yoncheva’s husband, will conduct the Deutsche…