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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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How Eugène Scribe’s Genius Shaped Meyerbeer’s Greatest Operas
Everyone knows the composer. Verdi’s “Otello.” Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Etc. But few pay attention to the writer, the person who actually provides these great geniuses with the text for their music. Eugene Scribe, born on Dec. 24, 1791, is one of the most notable librettist in all of opera, and yet he doesn’t quite come up in conversations as often as one might expect. Of course he was…
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Opera Profile: Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable”
Giacomo Meyerbeer's “Robert le Diable” premiered on November 21, 1831, and is among the first of the grand operas performed at the Paris Opera. Based on tales surrounding Robert the Magnificent, duke of Normandy, which claimed he was the son of the devil, the opera’s supernatural plot and dramatic impact made it an instant success. It had over 100 performances in Paris by April of 1934. Among the many who…
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4 Operas By Meyerbeer You Must Listen To
These days Giacomo Meyerbeer is not the most well-known of opera composers. It is actually quite a sad statement to make as the composer, born on Sept. 5, 1791, was arguably the Steven Spielberg of his day. His operas were the toast of the town in Paris, known for their tremendous showmanship and memorable music. To be Meyerbeer was the dream of many opera composers, including Verdi and Wagner. The…
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Bryan Hymel’s Career Through His Recordings
Bryan Hymel, born on August 8, 1979, is one of the exciting artists living and breathing today. The American tenor, whose lyric voice makes him perfect for the French repertoire and some dips into the Italian, is one of the most sought-after around the world, putting his mark on such operas as “Les Troyens” and “Guillaume Tell.” He doesn’t have a vast recorded legacy to this date, but there are…