Category Archives: Verdi

La Traviata at Masada

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Tweet If you’re looking for opera at an exotic location check out the presentation of Verdi’s La Traviata at Masada in Israel. Alas, the last performance was today. I’ll try to list next year’s show (if there is one) earlier.   La Traviata Opera Event 2014 Dates: ​Thursday 12.06.14 21:30 Saturday 14.06.14 21:30 Monday 16.06.14…


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Aida – Judgement Scene

Tweet The first scene of Act 4 of Verdi’s Aida, the Judgement Scene, is one of the Italian master’s supreme dramatic constructions. The entire 20 minute scene consists of dramatic exposition. There are no arias or traditional ensemble pieces. There’s not even a melody typical of what one expects in an Italian opera. But every…


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Tutto Verdi: Rigoletto

Tweet  With its 2008 production of Rigoletto Parma’s Tutto Verdi series reaches the first of Verdi’s mature masterpieces. Rigoletto is performed so often and is therefore so familiar to opera goers that its utter originality is obscured by its ubiquity. The title role is the supreme test for an “Italian” baritone. I can add little…


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Tutto Verdi: Stiffelio

Tweet Verdi’s 16th (depending on how you count) opera has the oddest libretto of any he used. The action takes place in  and around a castle in Salzburg that is the headquarters of a fictional Protestant sect headed by its minister Stiffelio who also uses the alias Rodolfo Müller. Both his wife Lina and her…


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Tutto Verdi: Luisa Miller

Tweet First performed in Naples in 1849, Luisa Miller marks Verdi’s transition from unpolished genius to mature master. This transition is fully realized in the opera’s third and final act. Here Verdi’s powers of dramatic intensity and expression are as moving and fully developed as anything he subsequently wrote. Salvatore Cammarano based his libretto for…


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La Forza Del Destino in Munich

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Tweet Yesterday the Bavarian State Opera streamed a live performance of Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino. The cast was headed by Jonas Kaufmann’s impersonation of Don Alvaro, one of the most challenging tenor roles in the standard operatic repertory. The quality of the streaming was excellent. I watched the show on a 69″ HD TV…


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Falstaff in HD – A Triumph

Tweet Verdi’s farewell to the theater was telecast today by the Metropolitan Opera. This new production staged by Robert Carsen replaces the Zeffirelli Falstaff that debuted in 1964. I’ve not been a fan of Carsen’s work and was very apprehensive about its worth when I heard that he moved the time from Elizabethan England to…


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Tutto Verdi : La Battaglia Di Legnano

Tweet Verdi’s La Battaglia Di Legnano was written under the stimulus of the uprisings across Europe in 1848, most specifically that in Milan. It is a mixture of intimate personal conflict – the usual operatic love triangle – and supercharged nationalism. Actually, it’s more an suspension than a mixture, the two coexist uneasily. Verdi wrote…


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Tutto Verdi – Il Corsaro

Tweet Verdi’s 12th opera (I’m not counting Jérusalem, his reworking of I Lombardi) was originally intended for London. After about three years of dithering Piave’s libretto was set to music and premiered at the Teatro Grande in Trieste on October 25, 1848. Verdi whose dramatic and lyric inspiration had failed almost entirely in his previous…


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Tutto Verdi – I Masnadieri

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Tweet I Masnadieri was first performed in at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London on July 22, 1847. Verdi led the first two performances. There were only two more in the English capital. Verdi spent much of his time in England complaining about the weather; and he was there during the Summer. He was at the height…


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