Magda Olivero's funeral was a life affirming mix of emotions. She was a practising Catholic, and three different priests, who had been close to her for many years, spoke about this very special woman.A Czechoslovakian had known Olivero from the 1960s when he took over the church in Solda. This was where she had a holiday home with her husband, at 2,000-meters, in the … [Read more...] about The funeral of Magda Olivero – 11 September 2014
Theatrical to the last, the great soprano Magda Olivero died on the day of La Scala's opening performance after the summer break. Before Maria Agresta's recital a beautifully worded tribute to Olivero's career, voice and life was read out, and then the audience stood for a minute's silence. It was followed by long applause.Although Olivero started having difficulties in … [Read more...] about La Scala pays tribute to Magda Olivero who has died at 104
"Variation is not only a noble endeavour or a musical exercise, but also an intellectual tradition and virtuosity of the imagination,"said Giò Ponti, Italian architect and designer, and close friend of Piero Fornasetti, the man whose obsession with the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, his theme, led to more than 350 variations on plates, glasses, paperweights and … [Read more...] about The face of a soprano: Fornasetti’s obsession with Lina Cavalieri
Angela Gheorghiu is in London to promote a season of Royal Opera House filmed performances, three starring herself. The Royal Opera House is striving to build up opera and ballet audiences by piping 10 productions, five of them live, into 700 cinemas worldwide. The season opener was last night’s live broadcast of Gounod’s “Faust,” with Gheorghiu. Her recorded performances of … [Read more...] about Angela Gheorghiu: The Rolling Stones have a big sound. You know why? Because they are plugged in!
Last night in the glamorous foyer of the La Scala Theatre (Ridotto dei Palchi 'Arturo Toscanini') the Amici della Scala awarded an Honorary Membership of the society to Italian theatre designer Luisa Spinatelli. She is one of several Italian designers who, outside of 'la moda', continue to make their mark in theatre and cinema.Spinatelli has long been long associated … [Read more...] about Italian theatre designer Luisa Spinatelli is honoured at La Scala