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“My success is going to your head!”

Born on this day in 1922 actress Eleanor Parker

Born on this day in 1900 tenor Richard Crooks.

Born on this day in 1902 tenor Hugues Cuénod.

Born on this day in 1911 tenor Hans Beirer.

Born on this day in 1914 tenor Wolfgang Windgassen.

Born on this day in 1916 baritone Giuseppe Taddei.

Born on this day in 1933 conductor Claudio Abbado.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Eleanor Parker as Marjorie Lawrence, courtesy of Eileen

  • chicagoing

    Riccardo Muti and the CSO’s program of Italian masterworks this past weekend highlighted a number of choral pieces; the opening chorus from Nabucco, followed by Va, pensiero, the anvil chorus from Il Trovatore and Patria oppressa from Macbeth. I am guessing the chorus was 120 members strong and they sounded superb. It was a bit odd, but very entertaining, to hear the Trovatore piece isolated form the rest of the opera. The remainder of the program included the overture to I vespri siciliani., intermezzos from Manon Lescaut and Cavalleria rusticana and concluded with the Prologue to Mefistofele. I was curious to hear bass Riccardo Zanellato in the only vocal solo role of the evening as Mefistofele. Muti has introduced many interesting artists to Chicago some of whom later appeared in roles at the Lyric Opera, but in the end it was the chorus that made the evening special.

  • aulus agerius

    This is the currently posted cast for Bard’s production of Dimitrij coming up soon. Has anyone heard or heard of any of them? The production will be shit but I wonder about the music making.

    Dimitrij: Clay Hilley, tenor
    Marina: Melissa Citro, soprano
    Xenie: Olga Tolkmit, soprano
    Marfa: Nora Sourouzian, mezzo-soprano
    Jove: Peixin Chen, bass
    Shuisky: Levi Hernandez, baritone
    Basmanov: Joseph Barron, bass-baritone
    Neborsky: Joseph Damon Chappel, bass-baritone
    Bucinsky: Thomas McCargar, baritone

    • ipomoea

      Dimitrij was done in concert last September by Odyssey Opera in Boston. You can hear it at:

      Cast was:
      Dimitrij – Ales Briscein
      Marina – Dana Buresova
      Xenie – Olga Jelinkova
      Marfa – Irina Mishura
      Shusky – Mark S. Doss
      Basmanov – Christopher Job
      Iov – Pawel Izdebski
      Neborsky – James Demler
      Buchinsky – Seth Grondin

      Conductor was Gil Rose.

      Bachtrack review:

      My only regret was that this was one night only — the opera and performance were that good!

      • Yes, the performance was excellent and Czech tenor Ales Briscein extremely impressive in a long, demanding role. Gil Rose casts his performances extremely well and is quite a dynamic conductor.

        My opera-going friend and I were so taken by Dimitrij in Boston that we’re going out to Bard to see it staged this summer. I am not sure how aulus agerius knows that Bard’s production will be “shit” without seeing it, but other operas I have seen staged there seem to me to have served the operas well.

        • Bill

          Will -- I totally concur about the superb Boston Odyssey performance of Dimitrij last September having dashed up there to see it thinking that I would never have another opportunity in my lifetime to see this seldom performed opera. The casting of the 3 principal roles in Boston with singers from Prague was superb as was the chorus and orchestra. Now, suddenly we have another opportunity on the East Coast to attend a rare performance of this grand opera. The singers cast are unknown to me and one cannot necessarily expect the high level
          of gorgeous singing one experienced in Boston but anyone who loves Dvorak’s other operas and symphonic and chamber works should derive a certain pleasure in experiencing this grand opera on the stage.


        • aulus agerius

          I make my negative remark about the Bard production of Dimitrij having viewed a video interview with the director posted on the Bard website where she describes her brilliant concept and her rationale. She sets it in 1989 East Germany: ’nuff said.

          Finally someone answered my question: the Bard singers are of unknown talent. I, of course, have listened to the Odyssey performance more than once trying to decide if I want to travel to Annandale to see this on the merits of Dvorak alone. Perhaps it is better to see an Odyssey production this fall (Calais or Orleanskaya)

          • Odyssey’s productions go on in a good theater and get very respectable productions (some of them by a former scenic design student of mine who is now one of Boston’s leading set designers). The Dimitrij in Boston was a concert performance — Gil Rose does one every fall of some big piece that might be too expensive for a full production.

    • ducadiposa

      Can’t say I have heard any of these singers live, but a quick check on operabase shows that Citro has had some plum assignments lately in smaller American houses [Minnie a couple of times and Wally in Dallas’s pairing of one act of that work with Everest a couple seasons back. Sourouzian is a Canadian mezzo [who never sings in Canada BTW] who I’ve listened to online many times -- very beautiful voice, sings a lot of French rep, mostly in Europe. Sounds like an intriguing cast in an unusual opera. Wish I lived closer!