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Opera For Beginners
Composer Profile: Charles Gounod, French Master
Charles Gounod is one of the great composers of French opera. Born on June 17, 1818, in Paris, he learned the piano with his mother, a pianist, from a young age. He then entered the Paris Conservatoire and won a prize for his cantata “Fernand” in 1839. Despite attempts of becoming a priest, he resumed composition, his first opera “Sapho” premiering in 1851. He would go on to compose 12 operas…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Gounod’s Extended Love Duet, ‘Roméo et Juliette’
There aren’t any settings of Shakespeare’s famous “Romeo and Juliet” in the opera world more popular than Gounod's. Part of the reason for that is the long-running success of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” which premiered on April 27, 2018. The opera in five acts is a fixture in the operatic canon, famous for its extensive love duets for both lead artists. Some have dubbed the opera an extended love duet.…
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Aida Garifullina & Saimir Pirgu To Light Up The Silver Screen In ‘Romeo et Juliette’
On Feb. 27, 2018, "Romeo et Juliette" will be broadcast in movie theaters from the Gran Theatre Liceu. The opera will star Saimir Pirgu and Aida Garifullina as the star-crossed lovers and will be shown live in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. In a press release, Pirgu noted, “Roméo is such a beautiful role, where one can show…
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The 14 Greatest Love Duets In Opera
It’s Valentine’s Day, the day to cherish a significant other. Last year we took a cynical look at the holiday, but not this year. Opera is rife with love, almost every single plot in every single work has some communion of two persons in that blissful word. In fact, love in opera has incited just as many battles and tension as anything else. But love has also inspired some of…
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Utah Opera 2018-19 To Feature Marjorie Owens, Andrew Stenson & Rachel Portman
 The Utah Opera announced its 2018-19 season featuring two new productions by the company’s in-house Production Studios.  The season opens on Oct. 13, 2018, with Gounod’s "Roméo et Juliette" with tenor Joshua Dennis as Roméo and soprano Anya Matanovič, who will star as Juliette. Robert Tweten conducts the production with scenery designed by Eric Fielding and costumes by Susan Memmott Allred. Performance Dates: Oct. 13- 21, 2018  In January 2019, the company will present the…
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The Staged Opera Performances of Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli, born on Sept. 22, 1958, is one of the most famous tenors in the world, his fan base rivaling and quite possibly surpassing that of some of opera’s greatest artists. To put it succinctly, he has known how to balance the fine line between classical and popular music. Because of Bocelli’s blindness, a challenge that he has had to deal with since the age of 12, Bocelli’s operatic…
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8 Premieres Highlight Volksoper Vienna 2017-18 Season
As is expected throughout this time period, we have yet another 2017-18 season announcement to report. This time it comes from the Volksoper in Vienna. The company has proudly announced that its new year will feature numerous premieres and 20 repertory pieces among the many offerings for 2017-18. There will be a mix of musicals, operettas, and operas among the offerings. So let’s dive in. The Premieres September will feature…
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When to Watch Damrau & Grigolo’s ‘Roméo et Juliette’ on PBS
The well-reviewed “Roméo et Juliette” from the Metropolitan Opera will be showcased on PBS on Friday, April 14 starting at 9 P.M. EDT. The opera, which featured Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in the lead roles, is an adaptation of the famous Shakespeare play. The performance that will be showcased on PBS took place on Jan. 21, 2017 as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. The performance was…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – Roméo et Juliette: Emanuel Villaume Leads a Marvelous Pretty Yende And Striking Stephen Costello
On New Year's Eve, the Metropolitan Opera opened a new production of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette." The result was a mixed bag with two bright stars heading the cast. The production was a dreary classically fitted take that lacked clarity of vision and ultimately dragged the show. After a few months, the Met has revived the production with better results. The reason in part is due to the cast and…
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Weekend Preview (3/10-12) – USA: Dallas, Minnesota, San Diego & Naples Audiences Get New Operas to See
Many opera companies get back in on the action this weekend from all around the country in one of the busier weekends of the season. The Dallas Opera makes its great return on Friday, March 10 with a production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Hui He stars in the leading role with Gianluca Terranova, Lucas Meachem and Manuela Custer rounding out the cast. Donato Renzetti conducts the Friday performance and another on…