Nicolai Gedda

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Artist Profile: Nicolai Gedda, An Artist Of Many Roles
Much is said these days about Plácido Domingo’s expansive repertoire, but before him, Nicolai Gedda was arguably the man to tackle the most works in recent opera history. So vast was his repertoire that the Swedish tenor, born on July 11, 1925, performed operas in Italian, French, English, Czech, Swedish, Russian, German, and even Latin. He left behind over 200 recordings, making him one of the most recorded artists of…
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CD / DVD Releases – Week of May 14: Erato Releases Two Opera Sets
This week Erato has two releases featuring legendary artists and one of today's most sought-after singers. One releases features rarely performed works while the other features a new edition of a popular work. Here is a look: Orfeo ed Euridice  Erato releases a new recording of Gluck's 1174 classic opera with Philippe Jaroussky and Amanda Forsythe in the lead roles. Diego Fasolis conducts I Barocchisti with Emöke Barath rounding out the cast.…
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In Memoriam 2017: Remembering the Major Opera Singers That Passed This Year
For many, 2017 was a year to celebrate with many triumphs. It was also a tough year for arts institutions fighting sexual harassment scandals and numerous political issues. And it was also a year that saw many beloved artists and celebrities' lives come to an end. The opera world was particularly devastated by the loss of many major stars, some of them rather young. Dmitri Hvorostovsky One of the most beloved…
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9 Operas You Didn’t Know Nicolai Gedda Performed
Nicolai Gedda was one of opera’s most proficient artists, taking on dozens and dozens of roles throughout his career. For many, Gedda, born on July 11, 1925, will always be associated with the role of “Faust” in Gounod’s famous work, one which he performed hundreds of times, but he also performed a number of roles that one might not associate with him, or many iconic tenors, for that matter. Here…
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Opera Profile: Carl Maria von Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’
Carl Maria von Weber wrote a number of operas, but only a select few have made it into the books of posterity. Shining brightest above these is “Der Freischütz,” the opera that had such a massive effect on the young Richard Wagner. The opera had its premiere on June 18, 1821, and has had a mixed life in the repertoire. While it certainly hasn’t been kicked to the curb like…
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Opera Stars React To Nicolai Gedda’s Death
Opera stars and industry member reacted to the death of legendary tenor Nicolai Gedda, which was officially announced on Thursday Feb. 9, 2017. After it was revealed that Gedda passed away on Jan. 8 many great stars such as Ailyn Perez, Michael Fabiano and Brian Jagde took to social media to share their condolences. Some of the singers put YouTube videos to remember the singer while others sent out messages…
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Obituary: Nicolai Gedda Passes Away At 91
Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda has passed away. The tenor died on Jan. 8 but the family did not confirm the news until today through France Musique. The tenor was a fixture of the opera world from 1952 until his retirement in 2003. He sang a total of 70 roles and made 200 recordings. The tenor had his big break in 1954 when he made his debut at the Paris National Opéra in Weber's "Oberon" and…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Preview: Two Radically Different ‘Carmen’ Interpreters Arrive In Sophie Koch & Clémentine Margaine [UPDATE]
UPDATE: On Tuesday, Jan. 17 it was announced that Sophie Koch would not be singing the role at the Met and that Clémentine Margaine would be taking over the entire run. For more information, read OperaWire's coverage on the news.  Opera’s most famous gypsy returns to the Metropolitan Opera stage on Thursday, Jan. 19. This year’s run of “Carmen” will feature two different mezzo sopranos taking on the title role,…
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On This Day – How Rudolf Bing Transformed the Metropolitan Opera Forever
Rudolf Bing’s name towers in the world of opera. The Austrian-born impresario, born on January 9, 1902, has an enduring legacy, in many ways tainted by the scandals and feuds Bing was known to have with the opera’s greatest figures and lesser-known figures during many of the company’s most tumultuous years. But to see the general manager who wielded his power like a tyrant overlooks many of the essential things…
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Bayerische Staatsoper 2016-17 Preview: ‘Die Fledermaus’ Rings in the New Year
The Bayerische Staatsoper kicks off the New Year with a performance of Johann Strauss II’s popular “Die Fledermaus.” The performances gets going at 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. EST) and ends around 9:20 p.m. with only one intermission. The New Year’s Eve performance is already sold out. The run, which features three additional performances on Jan. 2, 5 and 8, will be conducted by Kirill Petrenko in a production…