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Verdi’s Il Trovatore takes Salzburg by storm
Content provided by Rolex Partner, Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’ is a highlight of this year’s Salzburg Festival, thanks in part to an outstanding cast. It is one of the most popular operas of all time, despite being so ‘dark’ in many ways. Love, revenge, a mother burnt alive and a brother lost and tragically found are just some of the ingredients in this masterpiece. Vying for the heart of the fair Leonora is the tenor, and the baritone, the...
Il Trovatore: A Song of Night, Fire and Vengeance
The Salzburg Festival plays Verdi’s Il Trovatore. A dark and flamboyant, complex and convoluted work being known to require the “four most beautiful voices in the world”. In order to complete this demanding challenge, the Salzburg Festival relies on Placido Domingo (il conte di Luna) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Azucena) and Francesco Meli (Manrico). To coincide with the Salzburg’s production, we are getting back further in detail on this unlikely and brillant Trovatore,...
The voices of tomorrow : meet the tenor Bryan Hymel
At the occasion of a brief detour to Paris, we had the opportunity to meet Bryan Hymel. The young american tenor from New-Orleans, rising figure of the actual lyrical scene, talks about his atypical career which tooked him from Jazz to the greatest opera houses in the world, such as the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden (where he replaced Jonas Kaufmann as Aeneas), or the Wiener Staatsoper. Gifted of a particularly high tessiture, he explains his taste for the french heroïc tenor...
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...