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Macbeth at the Liceu, The Great Party Of WickednessXavier Pujol
If Shakespeare's Macbeth is already bloodthirsty, dark, barbaric, ferocious, atavistic and telluric, Verdi's operatic reworking of this work not only keeps intact the strength of the original but, by concentrating and essentialising it, he even increases it. Verdi's Macbeth is the ultimate party of wickedness and an orgy of moral perversion. Stylistically, it is a rare opera that does not fit anywhere – chronologically it should be inscribed in late bel canto, but...
An Imperfect but Still Tremendous Tannhäuser at the Royal Oper...Sam Smith
Following Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, which premiered in 1845, is acclaimed as Richard Wagner’s second mature opera and, set in thirteenth century Germany, tells of the eponymous minstrel-knight. Feeling that the world does not understand his art as a singer, he has fled to Venusberg where he enjoys the love of Venus. After being there for a while, however, he becomes restless and longs for his former life, and especially Elisabeth who he left behind. A...
Least Like The Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy is Quite ...Sam Smith
After bringing Vivaldi’s Bajazet to the Royal Opera House last year, Irish National Opera returns with Least Like The Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy. This opera by composer Brian Irvine and director Netia Jones, which premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival in 2019, focuses on the life of Rosemary Kennedy, younger sister of John F. Kennedy and eldest daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Perceived by her ambitious family as...
Pasolini, Character From Tosca at the LiceuXavier Pujol
Tosca, one of the titles in the repertoire that performs best at the box office, has returned to Liceu to reach the figure of two hundred performances in the history ofthe Barcelona theatre. It has done so in a co-production between Liceu and other Spanish and European theatres under the direction of the young Sevillian director Rafael R. Villalobos, aspiring enfant terrible of today's operatic stage direction. Villalobos's Tosca is one of those that needs an instruction manual...
Fresh Feeling Cast Brings a Lightness of Touch to The Magic Fl...Sam Smith
Unlike the ballet The Nutcracker, which is also currently on at Covent Garden, The Magic Flute is not strictly a Christmas piece. However, Mozart’s final opera, which premiered on 30 September 1791 just a few months before his death, is both enchanting and humorous, meaning it is perfect fare for the festive season. The work, which takes the form of a Singspiel that combines singing with spoken dialogue, sees the Queen of the Night persuade Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina...
A Superb Cast Brings New Insights to Tosca at the Royal Opera ...Sam Smith
Based on Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language play, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca of 1900, with a libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, not only occurs in a specific time and place, but on a precise date that can be linked to an historical event. All of the action takes place during the afternoon, evening and early morning of 17 and 18 June 1800, following the Battle of Marengo between Napoleon’s army and Austrian forces. The Austrians were initially...