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Portland Opera’s Summer Offerings Include ‘Opera a la Cart’
The Portland Opera has announced a plethora of free, family events for the summer of 2018. The events include a Cinderella Sing-a-Long celebration on July 18, 2018. Those that attend will also receive complimentary ice cream. The event takes place at Director Park. On July 25, 2018, the company will offer a live outdoor simulcast of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” outside on SW Main Street. The event kicks off at 7…
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Pacific Opera Project to Livestream Rossini’s “La Gazzetta”
The Pacific Opera Project will be bringing their final performance of Rossini’s “La Gazzetta” to viewers around the world via livestream on July 7, 2018 One of Rossini's lesser-known operas, “La Gazzetta” follows a Neapolitan father who takes out an advertisement for his daughter, in the hopes that he can find her a worthy, or at least wealthy, suitor. As one can expect from a bel canto comedy, there will…
High Notes Opera Meets Film
Opera Meets Film: Watch & Experience the Dark Truth Behind Stanley Kubrick’s Use of Rossini In ‘A Clockwork Orange’
“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment is Stanley Kubrick’s legendary “A Clockwork Orange.” Stanley Kubrick was a genius and his…
In Review Stage Reviews
Settimane Musicale 2018 Festival Review – L’Inganno Felice: Director Alberto Triola Finds Way to Use Ancient Theater Beautifully For Youthful Rossini Work
Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico, designed by Palladio in 1580, is Europe’s oldest indoor theater. It is based on Vitruvius’s description of the theatres of Ancient Rome, and therefore, Classical in style. It has an elliptical, steeply-raked seating space as found in Ancient Greek and Roman open-air theatres, which provides for unrestricted views of the stage. Its auditorium is decorated by plaster and stone statues. The stage is dominated by a fixed…
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Salzburg Whitsun Gala Konzert 2018: Jonas Kaufmann & Cecilia Bartoli Deliver Rossini & Wagner Goods Of Highest Order
Salzburg’s Whitsun Festival hosted a Gala on Monday evening, May 21, 2018. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle, Berlin, it was a splendid event. Cecilia Bartoli and Jonas Kaufmann did the vocal honors after Rolando Villazón canceled for health reasons. Bartoli and Barenboim included additional music to supplement the absent singer, and Jonas Kaufmann sang solo from the Wesendonck Lieder with Barenboim himself accompanying him on the grand piano.…
Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: Tenor John Osborn, Specialist of Rare Bel Canto Gems
Tenor John Osborn, born on May 16, 1972, has enjoyed a prolific career specializing in opera repertoire that few other tenors venture to take on. The artist, who hails from Sioux Falls, Iowa, studied at Simpson College and made his professional debut at the Des Moines Metro Opera in 1993. He would then go on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at age 21, becoming one of the…
In Review Stage Reviews
Teatro La Fenice 2017-18 Review – Signor Bruschino: Rossini Farce Gets Solid, If Not Overly Exciting, Revival
Over the course of three years, between 1810 and 1813, Rossini rushed off five farces and a two-act opera for the Teatro Moise in Venice, which, unfortunately, closed its doors in 1818, and was subsequently demolished, although not before serving time as a puppet theatre and then as the city’s first cinema. The theater may be gone and largely forgotten, but Rossini’s farces are still going strong and receiving regular…
Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: Contralto Ewa Podles & Her Expansive Range
Few singers had or have what Polish coloratura contralto Ewa Podles had – an expansive range. A three-octave range to be exact. Born on April 26, 1952 in Warsaw, Poland, Podles studied a the Warsaw Academy of Music and quickly established herself internationally at the age of 32 when she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of “Rinaldo.” While she didn’t end up with a lengthy Met…
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Manhattan School of Music 2017-18 Review – La Cenerentola: A Solid Production Featuring Aspiring Talent Through & Through
After a delightful performance of Isouard’s "Cendrillon" during their fall 2017 season, Manhattan School of Music (MSM) showcased another version of the beloved story of Cinderella this weekend, with Rossini’s "La Cenerentola. " While still celebrating the success of "The Barber of Seville" and not yet 25-years-old, Gioacchino Rossini met Jacopo Ferretti and together they decided to create "La Cenerentola, Ossia La Bontá In Trionfo."  Both the libretto and music were written…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
The King Of Nine Debuts – Rene Barbera On His Season Of Debuts & Bel Canto
Nine house debuts in one season. That’s a pretty daunting task for any artist, especially when considering the pressures that come with each individual one of those contrasting environments. But imagine making those house debuts while making role debuts. It’s one thing to try out a new opera in a familiar place, but to do it where you have no idea how your voice will work? That’s tough. It’s what…