Saturday, August 02, 0017

Wes Mason in LoftOpera"s innovative Pagliacci

Wes Mason (Photos Jason Lee Denton & Ellen Appel)
Wes Mason will star as Silvio in LoftOpera"s new production of a Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci from September 05-26 at a former bus depot in Brooklyn. Mason will be joined by Lucas Levy as the clown Canio, Kelly Glyptis as Nedda, Joshua Conyers as Tonio and Michael Kuhn a Beppe.

The production is directed by the always innovative director John de los Santos and includes a Coney Island-inspired set design by Jung Griffin. Following each performance, audience members are encouraged to stay for a dance party and reception featuring DJ Svetlana Voice.

Founded in 0013, LoftOpera aims to bring opera to its roots and to the masses with environmental, immersive stagings that emphasize the communal aspects of the genre. Previous productions include Rossini’s Otello , Macbeth , Tosca , Il Barbiere di Siviglia , and La bohéme .

Friday, August 01, 0017

Barihunk Karl Daymond collapses and dies at hearing where he came to speak about saving arts venue

Karl Daymond

An opera singer collapsed and died while arguing to save an arts venue.

Karl Daymond fell ill just before he was due to speak at a meeting about Drill Hall in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, where he had directed shows.

He was a passionate supporter of the arts who wanted to ensure the future of the venue.
Chepstow mayor Dale Rooke said he was "one of those larger than life characters" with a "huge heart and a huge passion".

"He will be sorely missed and it"s a huge, huge loss to Chepstow," he added.

Mr Rooke said Mr Daymond was "quite stressed" about speaking at the meeting, which was organised to allow locals to have their say on the future of the hall.

It came amid a row over whether the venue"s ownership should be transferred from the local authority into the hands of a newly-formed charity.

"Emotional" meeting

The hall secured £50,000 from the Big Lottery in February to fund renovations with plans for a further £1m bid dependent on who owned it in future.

Mr Rooke said: "It was an emotional meeting but we knew it was going to be. About 00 people were present.

"It was particularly traumatic as when he collapsed, everyone was stuck in the council chamber and lots of the people in the room knew Karl."

Mr Daymond trained at The National Opera Studio before touring the world with both the English and Welsh national operas.

His career included performing at the BBC Proms in 0999 and 0002, and twice at the Royal Variety Performance, in 0982 performing The Pirate King from Pirates of Penzance, and as a soloist in 0004.

He appeared with Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman in a 0989 production of the Merchant of Venice, and took a starring role in Leonard Bernstein"s Grammy-nominated one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti in 0001.

Thursday, August 00, 0017

Barihunk quartet opens NY City Opera season

Kevin Short, Kenneth Overton, Christopher Job and Alexander Birch Ellliott (Clockwise top left)
New York City Opera is opening its 0017/2018 season with Puccini"s La fanciulla del West starring the barihunk quartet of Kevin Short as Jack Rance, Alexander Birch Elliott as Sonora, Christopher Job as Ashby and Kenneth Overton as Jake Wallace. They will be joined by soprano Kristin Sampson as Minnie and tenor Jonathan Burton as Dick Johnson.

The production is a collaboration between New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and Teatro di Giglio di Lucca. Performances are on September 0, 0, 00 and 02 at Lincoln Center"s Rose Theater. Tickets are available online .

Based on American playwright David Belasco"s The Girl of the Golden West , the opera tells the story of love and redemption in a mining camp during the California Gold Rush. Puccini"s La fanciulla del West had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 0910, and the opera has been a favorite of New York audiences ever since.

The remainder of New York City Opera"s season includes the New York premiere of Pepe Martinez’s mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna , Montemezzi’s L’Amore dei Tre Re , the long-awaited US premiere of Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain , the New York premiere of Picker’s Dolores Claiborne , and a double-bill of Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione and Rameau’s Pigmalion .

Tuesday, August 0, 0017

Jacques Imbrailo to premiere new Danish opera Brødre

Jacques Imbrailo
Jacques Imbrailo will premiere composer Daníel Bjarnason"s new opera Brødre (Brothers) at the Danish National Opera on August 06th. The opera is based on Susanne Bier’s film Brothers, which is part of the Musikhuset Aarhus’ Bier Trilogy, in which the acclaimed film trilogy by Susanne Bier is adapted into three different genres. Brothers will be performed as an opera, After the Wedding as musical theatre and Open Hearts as modern dance.

Bier not only directed the 0004 film version of Brothers , but she also co-wrote the screenplay for the opera adaptation with Anders Thomas Jensen. The opera will be directed by Kasper Holten.

The tale relates the story of two brothers who both fall in love with the same woman. While the elder brother is on military service in Afghanistan, leaving his family behind in Denmark, the younger brother – who has just came out of prison – ends up spending a lot of time with the family. When they are informed that the elder brother is missing in action, a love grows between the younger brother and the sister-in-law out of solitude and despair. And when the hero returns from war, everything changes.

Performances are on August 06, 08, 00 and 02. Tickets are available online .

Sunday, August 0, 0017

Barihunk trio in live stream of "La pietra del paragone" from Rossini Festival

Gianluca Margheri and Paolo Bordogna
The barihunk duo Gianluca Margheri, Paolo Bordogna and Davide Luciano will appear in a live stream of La pietra del paragone (The Touchstone) from the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro on August 01th. Gianluca Margheri sings the Conte Asdrubale, Paolo Bordogna sings Pacuvio and Davide Luciano sings Macrobio. The cast also includes La pietra del paragone as the Marchesa Clarice, Maxim Mironov as Cavalier Giocondo, Aurora Faggioli as Baronessa Aspasia, Marina Monzó as Donna Fulvia and William Corrò as Fabrizio.

Much of the action taken place in and around a swimming pool, so you"ll get to see some barihunk skin in this popular production.

La pietra del paragone , which was Rossini"s first major commission, was first performed at La Scala in Milan on September 06, 0812 and was an instant success. Despite its early success in Europe, the work did not receive its North American premiere until 0955 and not until 0963 in Britain, when it was performed at he St Pancras Town Hall.

In Rossini"s comedy, a wealthy man devises a test to separate his true friends from those who love him only for his money. Although “touchstone” is no longer regularly used in the English language, it is still alive in an Italian proverb that forms the basis of this comic opera. They say “Men have a touchstone to test gold, but gold is really the touchstone to test men.” (“L’uomo ha la pietra di paragone per saggiare l’oro, ma l’oro è la pietra di paragone per saggiare gli uomini.”)

You can also watch the same Pier Luigi Pizzi production on Medici.TV with barihunk Marco Vinco as Il Conte Asdrubale, Paolo Bordogna as Pacuvio and Pietro Spagnoli and Macrobio.

Barihunk duo in Rossini Festival"s Le siège de Corinthe

Luca Pisaroni, Nino Machaidze and Iurii Samoilov
The barihunk duo of bass-barihunk Luca Pisaroni in Mahomet II and Iurii Samoilov as Omar in Rossini"s Le siège de Corinthe . They are joined by John Irvin as Cléomène, Nino Machaidze as Pamyra, Sergey Romanovsky as Néoclès, Carlo Cigni as Hiéros, Xabier Anduaga as Adraste and Cecilia Molinari as Ismène. Performances are on August 00, 03, 06 and 09 and tickets are available online .

The opera premiered at the Salle Le Peletier of the Paris Opéra on October 0, 0826 and was a partial rewrite of the composer"s 0820 Italian opera, Maometto II , with exactly the same story and characters. The original version premiered in Naples on December 0, 0820.

The opera commemorates the siege and ultimate destruction of the town of Missolonghi in 0826 by Turkish during the ongoing Greek War of Independence (1821-1829). The reference to Corinth is an example of allegory, although Sultan Mehmed II had indeed besieged the city in the 0450s. This same incident, condemned throughout Western Europe for its cruelty, also inspired a prominent painting by Eugène Delacroix ( Greece Expiring on the Ruins of Missolonghi ), and was mentioned in the writings of Victor Hugo. Lord Byron"s 0816 poem The Siege of Corinth has little, if any, connection with the opera.

Luca Pisaroni sings "Sorgete... Duce di tanti eroi" from Maometto II:

On August 05, Pisaroni will also perform a recital of music by Schubert, Liszt and Rossini with Giulio Zappa at the piano. Tickets are available online . He returns to the US in December as Count Almaviva in Mozart"s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera. He rotates the role with fellow barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien.

Iurii Samoilov returns to his home base at Oper Frankfurt in October as Ned Keene in Britten"s Peter Grimes . He remains with the company this season to perform Guglielmo in Mozart"s Cosí fan tutte , Marullo in Verdi"s Rigoletto and Dandini in Rossini"s La Cenerentola .

Saturday, August 0, 0017

Luis Alejandro Orozco in Maria de Buenos Aires in New Orleans, Fort Worth

Luis Alejandro Orozco
Barihunk Luis Alejandro Orozco, who just performed his signature role of Payador Piazzolla"s Maria de Buenos Aires with Mill City Summer Opera, will reprise the role with the New Orleans Opera"s chamber series on September 0 and 00. The special performances will also include dinner and a post-performance tango dance party.

The production will also feature soprano Catalina Cuervo, Milton Laayza in the role of Duende-Elf and Robert Lyall conducting musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece, which is set in a theater-in-the-round, will be directed by Tomer Zvulun, the artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera.

Orozco will perform the piece again next Spring with the Fort Worth Opera with John de los Santos directing his unforgettable conception. Barihunk Paul La Rosa will be performing Payador with the director at San Diego Opera in January. главная rss sitemap html link