Elīna Garanča has sung in Verdi's Requiem at La Scala and in recital, but never performed in an opera. There was a planned Don Giovanni which she pulled out of when she became pregnant, and an opera was set up with Riccardo Muti which was then cancelled. This season she arrives for the Milan Expo season with three different engagaments: the Requiem with Riccardo Chailly, Mario … [Read more...] about Interview with Elīna Garanča: I will sing Amneris
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I was born a labourer, before I was a singer I was a blacksmith and a mechanic. My father was a miner. I worked in the chorus. Obviously I understand the trade unions' side. But this is another story altogether. Leo Nucci is commenting on the continuous threats by the unions in Rome, resulting in performances by the Rome Opera at the Caracalla Baths going on without the … [Read more...] about Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunity
Carmen, Medea and Cassandra... just imagine all three around your dinner table... a diplomatic nightmare. For Italian choreographer Luciano Cannito they have provided him with inspiration for a new pièce: part dance, part poetry.Called 'Il processo' - The Trial - it gives these three women a chance to tell their side of their story, stories which are universal and still … [Read more...] about Carmen Medea Cassandra – Il processo: tonight and on tour
Alessandra Ferri brings Martha Clarke's Chéri to the Ravenna Festival in two weeks, with the same cast that accompanied her for the piece's début at The Signature Theatre in New York: ABT's Herman Cornejo and actress Amy Irving. Although Charles Isherwood for The New York Times said that Clarke's choreography "sometimes falls into patterns of swooning sameness", of Ferri and … [Read more...] about Alessandra Ferri’s women: Cherì, Duse and Woolf… and heading La Scala?
Jonas Kaufmann says that La Scala and Santa Cecilia are the only two important music centres left in Italy, Too many theatres have closed in the last few years; a real shame. Which theatres he's thinking about isn't clear, for although many (of the many) Italian opera houses are having financial troubles, none of major houses have closed.Kaufmann gave an interview to the … [Read more...] about Jonas Kaufmann champions La Scala’s new boss and the great Italian director Giorgio Strehler