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Carmen: “Red Pepper, Scarlet Flower”
If Carmen is today the most played opera in the world, it wasn't as acclaimed when it was created (mostly because of the libretto considered as "scandalous"). Bizet's work is an ode to freedom which ends in tragedy and questions us about the meanings of passion and duty. And this year, the french festival Les Chorégies d'Oranges is giving a new production with Kate Aldrich singing the title role, besides Jonas...
Alcina: the Last Pleasures of an Enchanted World
This year, a new production of Alcina, the « magical » opera written by Handel, is given for the opening of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, with Patricia Petibon singing the role-title alongside Philippe Jaroussky and Anna Prohaska. The occasion to (re)discover the enchanting work by the Germano-British composer, talking about freedom as well as bewitching seduction against true love, being maybe quite representative of its era. As the illusive world of the...
Alexander Pereira : " Great music for new generations "
LEADER’S VISION - GREAT MUSIC FOR NEW GENERATIONS Alexander Pereira wakes up every morning with 50 things he wants to accomplish that day. This bodes for a certain degree of frustration when they can’t all be achieved, but the general manager of La Scala is undeterred: ‘‘I always feel I have too much energy,’’ he says. Pereira was appointed to his current position in June 2014. He had previously served as artistic director of the Salzburg...
Meeting with Elza van den Heever, Norma in Bordeaux
After her oustanding performances in loco of roles like Elettra (Idomeneo), Leonora (Trovatore), Alcina (title-role) or Anna Bolena (title-role), the south-african soprano Elza van den Heever comes back to the Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux, this time for Norma as a role debut. Opera-Online met this magnificent dramatic soprano, one of the most accomplished of our time. ...
Iphigénie en Tauride: Birth of the Musical Tragedy
Cecilia Bartoli is reviving Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride for the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. As we eagerly await this new interpretation (which we know will be very erudite and documented) in a new production, we take a look back at the work itself, mid-way between opera and theatre, and its historical context, marked by the advent of Romanticism at the expense of opera seria. *** Iphigénie en Tauride, Gluck’s last Parisian triumph, is...
Portrait : Cecilia Bartoli Back in Salzburg
Cecilia Bartoli has had several careers.Since she set out to conquer the opera world twenty-five years ago, the Mozart and, especially, Rossini specialist has turned into an explorer of forgotten repertories with albums that became skilful marketing tools, accompanied by long tours with an unchanging programme:there was something highly displeasing in this carefully calculated spontaneity, with the same encores accompanied from one city to the next with the same gestures, the same...