How extraordinary is Mariella Devia. In 2006 she gave her final performances as Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala, leaving the public astonished that she was saying goodbye to the role after witnessing the perfection of her voice at 58. The day after her 65th birthday she sang Norma for the first time — a role she had said only a few years previously that she would never take on … [Read more...] about Mariella Devia’s extraordinary three queens at the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo
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General Manager of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Carlo Fuortes, has named Maestro Daniele Gatti as the opera house’s new Musical Director, with a three-year tenure, until 31 December 2021.The orchestra director’s first time working at the theatre at the inauguration of the 2016-2017 Season with Tristan und Isolde. He then returned to the podium for opening night on 12 December … [Read more...] about Daniele Gatti is appointed new Musical Director of Rome Opera
Attila opens La Scala’s 2018-2019 Season and runs from 11 December 2018 to 8 January 2019.CREATIVE TEAMConductor - Riccardo Chailly Staging - Davide Livermore Sets - Giò Forma Costumes - Gianluca Falaschi Lights - Antonio Castro Video - D-wokCASTAttila - Ildar Abdrazakov Odabella - Saioa Hernández Ezio - George Petean Foresto - Fabio Sartori Uldino - Francesco … [Read more...] about Photo Album: first look at La Scala’s new Attila with Ildar Abdrazakov
Is there anything that Ildar Abdrazakov cannot do with his voice? In a programme that began with Giordani (Caro mio ben) and finished with Rachmaninov (Spring Waters) he visited coloratura and patter songs, sang the longest of phrases, and displayed the most extraordinarily dulcet pianissimi contrasting with laser-sharp fortissimi. And although it was all so (ostensibly) … [Read more...] about Ildar Abdrazakov – the man with the perfect technique?
A surprising and sad press release has arrived from San Francisco Opera:San Francisco Opera today announced it is removing countertenor David Daniels from the role of Medoro in the Company’s June 2019 presentation of Handel’s Orlando.The decision to part ways with Mr. Daniels, for business and professional reasons, was reached after considerable deliberation given the … [Read more...] about San Francisco Opera removes David Daniels after allegations of sexual assault