More than a gift to their own coffers, Warner Classics in releasing Maria Callas Live is giving fans of La Divina and lovers of opera a meticulously restored collection of some of her finest performances to treasure. It is timed to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of her death in Paris on 16 September 1977. The 42 CDs contain 20 complete operas, and three Blu-ray discs hold … [Read more...] about A first listen to the new Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949-1964
Q&A in italiano When did you start singing? My first performance was when I was three years old, then when I was five I started my musical training, and at six I recorded my first CD featuring twelve children’s songs. Why did you start singing? I started to sing because I heard children singing in a concert and I wished I could join them. Which singer … [Read more...] about Maria Mudryak answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Singers’ Edition
Giuseppe Verdi bought Villa Verdi in 1848 and it still belongs to his descendants. He moved in with his future wife, Giuseppina Strepponi, in 1851, and they lived there until her death in the house in 1897. It is located in Sant’Agata in the Province of Piacenza, just 8km from the village of Le Roncole, where he was born in 1813, and midway between the two is Busseto where he … [Read more...] about 1000s of unseen Giuseppe Verdi autograph scores and letters from his home archive are scanned for public access
Simon Keenlyside's British début as Macbeth at The Royal Opera House has both bemused and wowed the critics. After the live relay we can all have our say, but here is a smattering of divided opinion from the opening night critics. Hilary Finch in The Times was blown away: The English baritone, singing on the top of his form, is one of the most complex and complete Macbeths … [Read more...] about Simon Keenlyside is “singing on the top of his form” or has a “tendency to shout tonelessly”?