London, February 1719: the birth of the Royal Academy of Music. George Frideric Handel was appointed musical director. German-born Handel, having spent four years in Italy, wanted to make London the new capital of opera. The only language to be sung on the stage of the King’s Theatre was to be Italian, and two other composers, Attilio Ariosti and Giovanni Battista Bononcini, were imported from the Italian peninsula. Both men were string players and contributed a new instrumental sweep to the company. Public enthusiasm reached considerable heights: thirty-four operas – more than 460 performances in all – were given at the Royal Academy over a period of nine years. Handel premiered his masterpieces Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Ottone and Radamisto. Ariosti and Bononcini also enjoyed great success between 1720 and 1723, notably with Coriolano (Ariosti) from which the sublime aria ‘Sagri numi’ is taken. ‘Royal Handel’ is a musical portrait of the first Royal Academy of Music. Eva Zaïcik and her partners in Le Consort celebrate the prodigious variety of the Handelian genius and introduce us to previously unrecorded arias by Ariosti and Bononcini: ‘We are captivated by the ghostly sonorities of “Stille amare”, the engulfing fury of “Agitato da fiere tempeste”, the virtuosity of “Gelosia, spietata Aletto”, the swirling excitement of “L’aure che spira”, the ascetic counterpoint of “Ombra cara” and the poignancy of “Deggio morire”.’
Sony Classical has launched “Fragments,” a series of iconic opera scenes, recorded in Saint Petersburg, under the direction of Teodor Currentzis. The first in this series features a segment from Verdi’s “La Traviata.”
Currentzis recorded the Prelude to Act three and Violetta’s famous Aria “Addio del Passato Bei Sogni Ridenti” alongside Russian soprano Nadezhda Pavlova.
The parts of Annina and Doctor Grenville are performed Yulia Sayfulmulyukova and Víktor Shapovalov, both soloists of the musicAeterna choir.
“This is a project that I’ve been dreaming about for a long time […] to make opera when there is plenty of time to make exactly the music I want to; to only care about the true essence of the piece and not about how to make it hectically in three days,” the conductor stated in an official press release. “So, we grabbed the opportunity and decided to creatively use this difficult period of time that we are all going through […] while opera houses are closed […] This seemed to be the right time to reconsider the approach of making music in a manner that would allow us to finally reach the inner layer of the musical text. This project will be a compilation of fragments, scenes from different operas. We aim to restore the wasted beauty, the abundance of flavors and colors that have been sacrificed on the altar of the mainstream, and the music industry.”
CHAARTS Chamber Artists: Felix Froschhammer - violin Markus Fleck - violin Tomoko Akasaka - viola Andreas Fleck - cello Lars Schaper - double bass Barbara Stegemann - oboe Rui Lopes - basson Moritz Roelcke - clarinet Maximilian Randlinger - flute Tomas Gallart - horn L. Lea Magdalena Knecht - harp
Stephanie Wake-Edwards of The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists programme sings the aria 'Where shall I fly?' from Handel's Hercules, accompanied by members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
This performance was part of the Royal Opera House's Live from Covent Garden concert held on 27 June 2020. Watch Live from Covent Garden here: https://stream.roh.org.uk
The three Live From Covent Garden concerts were the Royal Opera House's first live performances since the lockdown brought about by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
Teatro La Fenice - stagione 2007/ 2008 Gioachino Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Il conte d’Almaviva Francesco Meli Bartolo Bruno De Simone Rosina Rinat Shaham Figaro Roberto Frontali Basilio Giovanni Furlanetto Berta Giovanna Donadini Fiorello Luca Dall’Amico Un ufficiale Claudio Zancopè
Direttore Antonino Fogliani regia Bepi Morassi
scene e costumi Lauro Crisman light designer Vilmo Furian regista collaboratore Luca Ferraris
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice maestro del Coro Alfonso Caiani maestro al fortepiano Stefano Gibellato
En direct du Magazine le 19 novembre 2014, l'ensemble Amarillis dirigé par Héloïse Gaillard et la mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d'Oustrac interprètent deux airs de Médée tirées de "Thésée" de Lully: "Ah, ah, faut’il me venger" / "J’ai caché mon dépit". Une émission à réécouter dans son intégralité sur: http://bit.ly/1vrMrLB
CAST Don Giovanni Alessandro Luongo Donna Anna Francesca Dotto Don Ottavio Antonio Poli Il commendatore Attila Jun Donna Elvira Carmela Remigio Leporello Omar Montanari Masetto William Corrò Zerlina Giulia Semenzato
Direttore Stefano Montanari regia Damiano Michieletto scene Paolo Fantin costumi Carla Teti regia video Luca Scarzella light designer Fabio Barettin
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice
maestro del Coro Claudio Marino Moretti maestro al cembalo Roberta Ferrari
Teatro La Fenice - stagione 2014/ 2015 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Die Zauberflöte
CAST Sarastro Goran Jurić Tamino Antonio Poli Oratore / Sacerdote Michael Leibundgut Primo sacerdote / Secondo armigero William Corrò Secondo sacerdote / Primo armigero Federico Lepre Regina della notte Olga Pudova Pamina Ekaterina Sadovnikova Prima damigella Cristina Baggio Seconda damigella Rosa Bove Terza damigella Silvia Regazzo Tre fanciulli Solisti del Münchner Knabenchor Papagena Caterina Di Tonno Papageno Alex Esposito Monostatos Marcello Nardis Una vecchia Daniela Foà
Direttore Antonello Manacorda regia Damiano Michieletto scene Paolo Fantin costumi Carla Teti light designer Alessandro Carletti video designer Carmen Zimmermann, Roland Horvath
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice maestro del Coro Ulisse Trabacchin