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Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: Kirsten Flagstad, The ‘Greatest Singer of the 20th Century’
What hasn’t been said about Kirsten Flagstad? She was once famously called the greatest voice of the 20th century and her legacy certainly bears this out. There is a museum in her honor in her homeland of Norway and her picture appears on Norwegian Air Shuttle planes. Born on July 12, 1895, in Norway, she received early musical training in Oslo and made her first recordings between 1913 and 1915.…
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Opera Quiz: Tell Us Your Musical Tastes & Find Out Which Opera Composer You Are
Ever wonder what Mozart or Verdi might have thought about the changes that music took on nearly 100 years after them? It would certainly be interesting to see what they would have felt and how they might have connected to musicians of the last half-century. It would have been even more interesting to see what they felt of the direction of the music industry. So here is a little quiz…
In Review Stage Reviews
Bayerische Staatsoper 2017-18 Review: Parsifal
"Parsifal. Parsifal." Real? Dreamed? Which? In the opening of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opernfest 2018, we couldn’t tell. The new production by Pierre Audi and Georg Baselitz, which featured Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Christian Gerhahar, Nina Stemme, Wolfgang Koch, and conductor Kirill Petrenko, took us to a world far-beyond the drizzly night outside the doors, and watched a human and sacred tale that raised similar questions. Set in a nameless wood,…
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Bayerische Staatsoper 2017-18 Live Stream: Jonas Kaufmann Leads Starry Cast in ‘Parsifal’
The Bayerische Staatsoper will live stream its new production of Wagner’s “Parsifal” on Sunday, July 8, 2018. The production, directed by Pierre Audi, will be led by Music director Kirill Petrenko and star Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Gerhaher, René Pape, Wolfgang Koch, and Nina Stemme. The stream kicks off at 5 p.m. local time. That’s around 12 p.m. EDT and 9 a.m. PST for the start time. This is the last…
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Artist Profile: Wolfgang Windgassen, One of the Great Heldentenors of the 20th Century
Wolfgang Windgassen, born on June 26, 1914, is one of the greatest heldentenors of all time. He was actually born in France to two singers. His father Fritz Windgassen was a well-known heldentenor and his mother, Vali von der Osten, was a coloratura soprano. His aunt, Eva von der Osten, was the singer who created the role of Octavian in “Der Rosenkavalier.” She was also a Wagnerian soprano. He made…
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San Francisco Opera Orchestra to Present ‘Wagner Takes the A Train’
The Musicians of the San Francisco Opera orchestra are set to present jazz composer Valerie Capers in an evening of jazz works based on Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” The event, entitled “Wagner Takes the ‘A’ Train,” will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Per a press release, “In conversation with San Francisco Opera Dramaturg, Kip Cranna,…
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Opera Profile: ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,’ One of Wagner’s True Masterpieces
Of Wagner’s great operas, “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” often gets overlooked when the conversation of “greatest works” begins. The work premiered in Munich on June 21, 1868, and is admittedly one of the composer’s more intimate operas. It was not based on any major myth the way some of his other works were and its tame and comic nature make it seem ripe to overlook in the context of his…
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Artist Profile: Iréne Theorin, A Great Brünhilde of the 21st Century
Iréne Theorin, born on June 18, 1963, is one of Sweden’s most renowned artists, known for her interpretations of the dramatic repertoire. She studied at the Academy of Music and Drama of the University of Gothenburg, which led to a contract with The Göteborg Opera. Then she studied in Copenhagen, where she made her professional debut. From there, her career has burgeoned and she has appeared with such companies as…
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Artist Profile: Eva Marton, A Timeless Turandot
Eva Marton, born on June 18, 1943, is arguably the most famous Hungarian soprano of the last few decades. She studied at the Franz Liszt Academy and made her professional debut at Hungary’s Margaret Island Summer Festival. Then at the Hungarian State Opera, she appeared for the first time in “The Golden Cockerel” in 1968. From there she made her debut at the Frankfurt Opera and Florence in 1972. She…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’ Takes The Stage With Annette Dasch
This Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Vienna State Opera streams a live performance of Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” The showcase is part of the company’s season-long service straight from its website. Per the official website, the Wagner work will feature Jongmin Park, Christopher Ventris, Annette Dasch, Jukka Rasilainen, Elena Zhidkova, and Adrian Eröd. Sebastian Weigle leads the massive score in a production byAndreas Homoki. The performance kicks off at 6 p.m. local…