I met soprano Kiera Duffy for lunch yesterday at Six Feet Under to talk about her career and current role in The Atlanta Opera's production of Cosi fan tutte. You can find the interview in an upcoming issue of Classical Singer. Duffy was featured in the Susan Froemke documentary The Audition, a film which revealed the behind-the-scenes experiences of 12 [...]
"Opera's been deformed by some sort of belief that it has to be extraordinary. And I think that what is extraordinary about the great works of art is their ordinariness." -Jonathan Miller, British theatre and opera director, in a scene from Diva Diaries
Researching Cosi fan tutte for my Opera News review next month...I love this contemporary version of "Ah, guarda, sorella" from the 2009 Salzburg production - conceived by Claus Guth.
In my last post I quickly mentioned the fact that Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor is a bel canto opera. Here's a link to a fabulous 3-year old essay by New York Times critic, Anthony Tommasini that can serve as a primer about the bel canto tradition. Bel canto essentally means fine singing or beautiful singing. [...]
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/arts/music/26lucia.html The Metropolitan Opera presented the final performance of a run of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor for its March 19 HD simulcast. Director Mary Zimmerman incorporated a ghostly apparition during Lucia's aria, "Regnava nel silenzio" - not outlined in the score - but as a reference to the Walter Scott novel. It was haunting and effective to see as Lucia tells [...]
Recently I've been studying the score of Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte and chose my companion to be a 1954 EMI recording, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. I love Maestro Karajan's recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies and knew that this particular Cosi is regarded as one of his most successful Mozart endeavors on record. The cast includes Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nan Merriman, [...]
Great blog about the content of opera reviews these days. Makes me feel slightly better for neglecting to comment on the costumes and lighting in my reviews for Opera News sometimes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/theatreblog/2011/mar/01/opera-reviews-music-critics