One of the major complaints about the five year casting system (as well as the shared productions by different companies) is that operatic events are rarely surprises anymore. You thought Diva So-and-So and Divo This-and-That were great in Composer X’s “________”? Well, prepare to see them in that exact same opera and exact same production in London. And New York. And Munich. And Vienna. And so on and so forth. Read more »
No tracks available yet, but the Angela Gheorghiu Christmas album looks very, well, seasonal.
The Metropolitan Opera desperately needed a new production of Le nozze di Figaro. The old Jonathan Miller production in its last revival had degenerated into a freakshow. My most vivid memory is the fingernails-on-chalkboard Susanna Mojca Erdmann simpering on the apron of the stage as the libretto called for her to be frantically shuttling Cherubino out of the Countess’s window. It was pure filth. Read more »
Some interesting programming in Avignon next season.
With the well-known guitar player Milos Karadaglic, celebrating the decission of working together on a new, surprising and innovative project.
“Gheorghiu has admitted a romance with Cézar, a flamboyant Romanian counter-tenor…”
The Wiener Staatsoper should be a source of some interesting backstage gossip next September as the company presents on alternating nights Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca and Aleksandra Kurzak as Violetta.
“Don’t listen to a Romanian man who says he prefers a ‘natural’ woman,” says Gheorghiu.