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Jonas Kaufmann in the passionate love story ‘Manon Lescaut’ at the Royal Opera House
Content provided by Rolex Partner, Jonas Kaufmann is considered one of the most versatile tenors of our time and is now adding another role to his repertoire as he debuts as Renato Des Grieux in Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’. “This role is extremely beautiful and I think I will perform it a lot in the future. So this means the beginning of a great friendship and a passion for this opera,” Kaufmann explained. Plácido Domingo virtually...
Christoph Willibald Gluck, portrait of a reformer
Three hundred years ago in Bavaria, a musician was born whose influence may seem limited in comparison to his role in the history of opera. This composer, whose varied musical career developed throughout Enlightenment Europe, was the source of a decisive revival of the concept of lyrical drama. A look at the major phases of his aesthetic reform provides an exciting opportunity for exploring concepts that are fundamental for opera lovers. Gluck sought greater simplicity in dramatic action,...
International Istanbul Music Festival
" Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the first Istanbul Music Festival, the flagship of the Istanbul Festivals, took place between June 15-July 15, 1973 originally under the title Istanbul Festival. From its inception it has included in its programmes the finest examples of artistic creativity in the fields of classic music, classical ballet and contemporary dance, opera, folklore, jazz/pop, cinema, drama and visual arts from both Turkey and abroad, as well as...
Jonas Kaufmann recounts Manon Lescaut
At the age of 44, the great German tenor, today considered the greatest of his generation, has chosen to add a new role to his repertoire, that of Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. After Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca and Dick Jonhson in La Fanciulla del West, this is only his third Puccini role, even though his baritone-tinged tenor voice seems ideally made for this repertoire. Why did he wait so long? Perhaps just because he was never offered it. Or because he felt that, before...
A new Manon Lescaut by Puccini
Following in the footsteps of Enrico Caruso, Carlo Bergonzi and Placido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann is taking over the role of Chevalier Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.His role at the Royal Opera House gives us an opportunity to take another look at a work that ushered in verismo and revealed a “new” Manon Lescaut after Massenet’s. “Manon Lescaut is a heroine I believe in", Giacomo Puccini wrote to...
Anna Netrebko renounces her debut in Faust at Covent Garden
That's on Facebook that Anna Netrebko just announced her withdrawal from Covent's Garden production of Faust : « I am so sorry to have to withdraw from the role of Marguerite in Faust. After much consideration and intensive preparation, I have come to the conclusion that the role is not right for me. I had been very much looking forward to debuting this role at the Royal Opera House and following it with further performances in Vienna and Baden-Baden....