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
Q&A in italianoWhen did you start singing? I started as young girl… for as long as I can remember.Why did you start singing? I started by accident. I was supposed to go to my saxophone class, but I was given the wrong day and time of the lesson, and therefore I found myself attending a voice class.Which singers inspired you the most when you were … [Read more...] about Maria José Siri answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Singers’ Edition
Italy's Classic Voice magazine has published a list of the current maximum fees paid by the Italian opera houses, and, surprisingly - though according to many singers I know, not surprisingly - the length of time that some artists have to wait to receive their payment.€30,000 is currently the top for conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Whun Chung, Dudamel, Gatti, … [Read more...] about How much are singers, conductors and directors paid?
After yesterday's meeting between unions and Rome City Council at Campidoglio, a union representative said that there was "zero chance that Ernani would go ahead, either for 27 November [the opening of the opera season] or the subsequent performances".Massive job losses are expected at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receivership after debts … [Read more...] about Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera
Alessio Carbone is a Premier Danseur at the Paris Opera. He comes from a family of dancers. His father, Giuseppe Carbone, was the director of the company at Milan's La Scala and his mother, Iride Sauri, was a prima ballerina at the La Fenice theatre in Venice. His sister dances at La Scala and his younger brother is a successful flamenco dancer. He is married to Paris Opera … [Read more...] about Premier danseur Alessio Carbone puts on a tutu and wonders about having the body of Gisele and the voice of Bartoli
Q&AWhen did you start dancing? I started when I was 10 years old at the Teatro San Carlo ballet school in Naples.Why did you start dancing? My elder brother Raffaele took me to the audition and I fell in love with ballet immediately. Till then I had no idea of what ballet was.Which dancer inspired you most as a child? Absolutely: Rudolf Nureyev.Which … [Read more...] about Giuseppe Picone answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Dancers’ Edition
Gramophone's shortlists are out for this year's awards. No real surprises, but then those Gramophone people have great taste! Here's a sample:Opera: Die Zauberflöte - René Jacobs; Akademie für Alte Musik Ermione - David Parry; LPO Verdi's Otello - Colin Davis; LSO Solo Vocal: Richard Rodney Bennett, Songs before Sleep - Sophie Daneman; Susan Bickley; Iain … [Read more...] about Gramophone Magazine’s Classical Music Awards 2011 – shortlists
The increasingly popular New Year's Concert from the La Fenice theatre in Venice will be shown live on Italian television and relayed to many other countries around the globe. It goes in direct competition with Vienna's concert but here in the land of opera the focus is on Rossini, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi.Desirée Rancatore (soprano), Antonio Poli (tenor) and Luca … [Read more...] about Daniel Harding conducts the New Year’s Concert from Venice