Saturday, January 21, 2017
James Conlon has signed on again til 2021, which will be his 16th season with the company. Over the past 10 years he has conducted 50 different operas. Placido Domingo, LA Opera general director, said: ‘It is impossible to overstate what a profound impact James Conlon has made during his ten years in Los Angeles. The astounding energy and infectious enthusiasm that he brings to his work has made him a beloved figure for our audiences. Thanks to his prodigious musical talents, our magnificent orchestra sounds better and better every season. I myself have taken great pride in the numerous musical partnerships that James and I have shared-most recently in Verdi’s Macbethearlier this season-and I look forward to many more such collaborations.’
The company's general manager says that "postponing" the new Verdi Forza del destino staging, a co-production with English National Opera, by Calixto Bieito will save the financially troubled Met $1 million. (Gelb didn't mention that Bieito is probably the most controversial, not to say notorious, of the directors with new productions planned for 2016-17.)
Royal Opera House, London Joyce El-Khoury is immediately endearing and Sergey Romanovsky and Artur Ruciński are similarly excellent in an intelligent and moving revival of Richard Eyre’s production Richard Eyre’s 1994 production of Verdi’s La Traviata has long been a Royal Opera mainstay, carefully moulded over the years to the many casts that have appeared in it. Its latest revival, overseen by Andrew Sinclair, is among its finest, notable above all for its focused dramatic integrity and subtlety of insight. Joyce El-Khoury and Sergey Romanovsky, both debutants, play Violetta and Alfredo, charting the couple’s tragic relationship with detailed veracity. You sense the mutual attraction from the outset. He hides desire behind a rather lofty reserve, and obsession lurks tellingly beneath his gloriously voiced ardour. She, clearly smitten, is confused and unusually calculating in her initial response. Her smoky tone can harden at the top: Sempre Libera brings with it some moments of effort, but is rightly about conflict rather than display. Continue reading...
Any shortcomings in this revival of Richard Eyre's classic production of Verdi's most famous opera are pushed into the shadows as El-Khoury and Sergey Romanovsky pull off a brilliant Violetta-Alfredo relationship
The International Institute for Conductors will accept up to 15 conductors for 2 weeks of conducting study and performance in Bacau, Romania with master teachers Will Kesling, Director or Choral Studies at the University of Florida; Robert Gutter, Music Director Emeritus, Springfield Symphony (MA) and Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC); and Charles Gambetta, creator […]
Giuseppe Verdi (10 October 1813 - 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata and the "Grand March" from Aida. Although his work was sometimes criticized for using a generally diatonic rather than a chromatic musical idiom and having a tendency toward melodrama, Verdis masterworks dominate the standard repertoire a century and a half after their composition.
Great composers of classical music