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My Classical Notes

September 9

Anna Netrebko: New Recording

My Classical NotesThis new recording titled “Romanza: Anna Netrebko” features a whole lot of music performed by Ms. Netrebko and her husband, Tenor Yusuf Eyvnzov. The selections are as follows: Bellini: Eccomi in lieta vesta…Oh! quante volte (from I Capuleti e I Montecchi) Dvorak: Mesícku na nebi hlubokém ‘Song to the Moon’ (from Rusalka) Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4 Grieg: Peer Gynt: Solveig’s Song Kalman: Heia, in den Bergen from Die Csárdásfürstin Krutoy: Forse non fu Cantami Mi fa male Credo L’amour Russe Gioia Il nastro blu La fantasia Odna Lyubov Ricomincero Tango mio Pioggia d’aprile Se tu almeno fossi qui Seguire me Unico L’istante prima dell’amore Angels pass away Musica con noi Session Orchestra London, Ben Foster Lehár: Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta) Mozart: La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni) Offenbach: Barcarolle (from Les Contes d’Hoffmann ) Puccini: O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi) Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème) Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly) Vissi d’arte (from Tosca) Rachmaninov: How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7 Strauss, R: Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1 Tchaikovsky: Octgo eto prezde ne znala ni toski ya (from Iolanta) Verdi: Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata) Saimir Pirgu (tenor) Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado Oh ben s’addice questo torbido cielo … Sempre all’alba ed alla sera (from Giovanna d’Arco) All performed by Anna Netrebko (soprano), and Yusif Eyvazov (tenor). Anna Netrebko and her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, released a new duet album of love songs, Romanza, on September 1, 2017. Eighteen original romantic love songs were written and composed specially for the couple by Russian producer Igor Krutoy. Romanza is not only Anna Netrebko’s first duet album with husband Yusif, but also her first foray out of the realm of traditional core repertoire. Producer Igor Krutoy wrote all 18 album tracks with Anna and Yusif in mind. Many years of working together closely and a one of a kind friendship that stems from his collaboration with Anna and Yusif allowed Igor to write love songs that not only perfectly match their voices, but also are an homage to love in general. Anna met her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, when they starred together in Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera in March 2014. Since their wedding in December 2015, the couple has appeared in concert and on the opera stage together worldwide. She and Yusif open La Scala’s season on December 7, 2017 in Andrea Chénier; it will be her role debut as Maddalena. Here are Ms. Neterebko and her husband in an extended trailer from this recording:

Royal Opera House (The Guardian)

September 16

This Is Rattle; La bohème review – a rigorous, uplifting kick-off

Barbican; Royal Opera House, London His long-awaited homecoming is a triumph for Simon Rattle and the LSO. Plus, no boos for Richard Jones’s stylish new production of Puccini’s masterpieceOdysseus took only marginally longer than Simon Rattle to return to his homeland. It’s been a mighty wait, with many advance sightings of the recognisable 62-year-old conductor whose popularity, against all usual laws of gravity and the deadly effects of hype, continues to rise. In the past few months he’s given concerts, workshops and an epic Prom, as well as timely verbal contributions on everything from the campaign for a new London concert hall to the state of his home city’s football team, Liverpool FC.Rattle’s London Symphony Orchestra appointment was announced in March 2015 but rumoured long before. His title of music director, rather than chief conductor, implies a hands-on involvement his predecessors have neither sought nor been offered. After 16 years with the Berlin Philharmonic – which he leaves next summer – Rattle is at last in harness. It’s his third major post, having started his journey of reformation and revolution with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed for 18 years. Related: Simon Rattle: 'I would have been wary about taking the job had I known about Brexit' Related: 'Tell me what traditional means' – director Richard Jones on La Bohème Continue reading...






Royal Opera House

September 12

Your Reaction: What did you think of Puccini's La bohème?

Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo and Nicole Car as Mimì in La bohème, The Royal Opera Season 2017/18 © ROH 2017. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore. My standout performance in #ROHboheme was @NicoleCar_Opera who gave us a detailed, moving, meltingly sung Mimì — Ed Beveridge (@dredbeveridge) September 11, 2017 #ROHBoheme An affecting final act & some fine singing esp Fabiano & Kwiecien. Some niggles with the production but it was fairly pretty. — Emily@italyheaven (@italyheaven) September 11, 2017 That #ROHboheme was the most beautiful thing I've seen @RoyalOperaHouse — James Dray (@Drayjames) September 11, 2017 Gorgeous set design. Simona Mihai as Musetta and Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello a sensation as sub-plot #ROHboheme — Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) September 11, 2017 La bohème, The Royal Opera Season 2017/18 © ROH 2017. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore. Tonight's #ROHBoheme was very warmly received by the public. There are several intriguing ideas there that feel, perhaps, not quite settled — Operatraveller (@Operatraveller) September 11, 2017 Well, I very much liked #ROHBoheme . Plenty of snow, plenty of wit, plenty of honesty, and plenty of beauty. Just how it should be. — Andrew Clark (@AndrewClarkArch) September 11, 2017 #ROHBoheme Consistently pleasing to listen to singing from @MichaelFabiano . Act 3 Marcelo/Mimi duet really caught my ear too... — Calum Kennedy (@svabhava9) September 11, 2017 Jones and Pappano gave us a tender, sensitive #ROHBoheme rather than a heartbreaking one, but with admirable attention to detail. — David Cloke (@DavidCloke) September 11, 2017 La bohème, The Royal Opera Season 2017/18 © ROH 2017. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore. The set moves with the grace of a tank but otherwise so much to enjoy in #ROHboheme — Andy Heffer (@andyheffa) September 11, 2017 La Boheme at @RoyalOperaHouse absolutely wonderful tonight. Moving performances, raucous ensemble scenes & even snow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ROHboheme — Lucy (@Lucy_Phil) September 11, 2017 Mix of IKEA Christmas catalogue and Quality Street ad. Final act was so fashionable hygge, it was awkward. Decent singing though. #rohboheme — Adrie van der Luijt (@Adrie_vdLuijt) September 11, 2017 Not a dry eye in the house!! Yes #ROHBoheme is THAT GOOD!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/NocPhTmdt3 — Wisdom Hill (@Scarlet2046) September 11, 2017 What did you think of The Royal Opera's La bohème? La bohème runs until 10 October 2017. Tickets are still available . It is a co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago. It is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Beth Madison, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and The American Friends of Covent Garden. The opera will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 3 October 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list .

Royal Opera House

September 11

Opera Essentials: Everything you need to know about Puccini's La bohème

The Story Begins… When penniless writer Rodolfo meets young seamstress Mimì, they quickly fall in love. But as it dawns on Rodolfo that Mimì is gravely ill with tuberculosis, will he leave her or stay? What is a Bohemian? The term ‘bohemian’ has been used since the mid-19th century to describe artists who live unconventional lives on the fringes of society, usually in poverty, and with an emphasis on free love. There has been much debate about whether bohemianism’s focus is more on an unorthodox lifestyle than on serious creative endeavour. In his opera, Puccini leaves us to decide whether the young men in La bohème are merely bourgeois drop-outs playing at being artists, or whether their artistic intentions – and their romantic relationships – are serious. Rivalry and Intrigue Puccini began to plan an opera based on the French writer Henri Murger’s stories Scènes de la vie de bohème (Scenes of the bohemian life) in 1893. Unfortunately his friend Ruggero Leoncavallo was contemplating an opera on the same subject, and claimed he’d thought of the idea first. Puccini issued a challenge: the public could decide which opera they preferred. Although Leoncavallo’s La bohème initially had better reviews, the public preferred Puccini’s. Love and Death in Bohemian Paris Murger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème is a series of short stories, closely based on the author’s own experiences. The tone is generally satirical; only two of the stories are tragic. Scènes de la vie de bohème was published as a book in 1851. Murger and his friend Théodore Barrière also wrote a successful melodramatic play loosely based on the stories. Puccini drew on a limited amount of material from Murger’s stories and play, making many alterations to the plot, focusing more closely on a central romantic relationship and making the principal characters more sympathetic. Characterful Scene-Setting and Glorious Melodies La bohème is famous for its beautiful arias and duets, above all Mimì and Rodolfo’s arias and duet in Act I, and Musetta’s Act II Waltz Song. It also contains some wonderful evocations of Parisian life, including the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve in the street outside the Café Momus and dawn on a winter day on the outskirts of the city.Puccini used recurrent motifs to poignant effect throughout the opera, particularly in Mimì’s death scene, as she recalls her first meeting with Rodolfo in Act I. La bohème runs 11 September-10 October 2017. Tickets are still available . It is a co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago. It is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Beth Madison, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and The American Friends of Covent Garden. The opera will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 3 October 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list .

Giacomo Puccini
(1858 – 1924)

Giacomo Puccini (22 December 1858 - 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas, including La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot, are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. Some of his arias, such as "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, "Che gelida manina" from La bohème, and "Nessun dorma" from Turandot, have become part of popular culture.



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