Mittwoch, 30. Mai 2012

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Paris 2012)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cosi fan tutte

Fiordiligi | Camilla Tilling
Dorabella | Michèle Losier
Despina | Claire Debono
Ferrando | Bernard Richter
Guglielmo | Markus Werba
Don Alfonso | Pietro Spagnoli

Chor des Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Le Cercle de l'Harmonie
Dirigent | Jérémie Rhorer

Passwort: operalia

Montag, 28. Mai 2012

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (London 2012)

Aleksandra Kurzak und ldebrando D' Arcangelo (Covent Garden [C])

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
KV 492

Das italienische Libretto stammt von Lorenzo da Ponte und basiert auf der Komödie La Folle Journée ou le Mariage de Figaro (Der tolle Tag oder Die Hochzeit des Figaro) von Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais aus dem Jahr 1778. Die Uraufführung fand am 1. Mai 1786 im Wiener Burgtheater am Michaelerplatz statt. Die Oper spielt am Schloss des Grafen Almaviva in Aguasfrescas in der Nähe von Sevilla um 1780.

Figaro | ldebrando D' Arcangelo (Bass)
Susanna | Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Bartolo | Carlo Lepore (Bass)
Marcellina | Ann Murray (Mezzo-Soprano)
Cherubino | Anna Bonitatibus (Mezzo-Soprano)
Count Almaviva | Lucas Meachem (Baritone)
Basilio | Bonaventura Bottone (Tenor)
Antonio | Jeremy White (Bass)
Don Curzio | Harry Nicoll (Tenor)
Barbarina | Susana Gaspar (Soprano)
Countess Almaviva | Rachel Willis Sorensen (Soprano)
Chor und Orchester des Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Dirigent Antonio Pappano
Passwort: operalia

Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 2 ("Auferstehungssinfonie", Paris 2011)

Gustav Mahler

Sinfonie Nr. 2 c-Moll 'Auferstehungssinfonie'

Laura Claycomb, Soprano 
Katarina Karnéus, Mezzo-soprano 
Chor des französischen Rundfunks (Choeurs de Radio France)
San Francisco Sinfonieorchester 
Michael Tilson Thomas, Dirigent 

31. Mai 2011 Salle Pleyel, Paris

Passwort: operalia

Mittwoch, 23. Mai 2012

Puccini: Tosca (Amsterdam 2012)

Pinchas Steinberg, Dirigent

Giacomo Puccini 
Live Aufnahme vom 19.5.2012 Concertgebouw Amsterdam 

Cellia Costea | Floria Tosca 
Mario Cavaradossi | Giorgio Berrugi 
Carlos Almaguer | Baron Scarpia 
Tomislav Lucic | Cesare Angelotti 
Luca Casalin | Spoletta 
Matteo Ferrara | Sagrestano 
Miklós Sebestyén | Sciarrone + Carceriere 
Alois Mühlbacher | Un pastore 
Philharmonisches Radioorchester 
Pinchas Steiinberg | Dirigent

Passwort: operalia

Dienstag, 22. Mai 2012

Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth (Salzburg 1964)

Giuseppe Verdi 

aufgenommen 1964 in der Felsenreitschule Salzburg 

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau /Macbeth 
Peter Lagger /Banco 
Grace Bumbry /Lady Macbeth 
Bozena Ruk-Focic /Kammerfrau der Lady 
Ermanno Lorenzi /Macduff 
Francisco Lazaro /Malcolm, Sohn des Königs 
Alois Pernerstorfer /der Arzt 
Walter Raninger /Diener des Macbeth 
Herbert Lackner /Ein Mörder 
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper 
Kammerchor der Salzburger Festspiele 
Wiener Philharmoniker 
Leitung: Wolfgang Sawallisch

Passwort: operalia

Paul Hindemith: Cardillac (Köln 1968)

Paul Hindemith

Der Goldschmied Cardillac: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 

Die Tochter: Leonore Kirschstein 
Der Offizier: Donald Grobe
Der Goldhändler: Karl Christian Kohn 
Der Kavalier: Eberhard Katz 
Die Dame: Elisabeth Söderström 
Der Führer der Prévôté: Willi Nett
WDR Rundfunkchor Köln
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Leitung: Joseph Keilberth

Passwort: operalia

Puccini: La Bohème (Los Angeles 2012)

Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème

Rodolfo | Stephen Costello
Mimi | Ailyn Pérez
Marcello | Artur Ruciński
Musetta | Janai Brugger
Colline | Robert Pomakov
Schaunard | Museop Kim
Benoit/Alcindoro | Philip Cokorinos
Chor und Orchester Los Angeles 
Dirigent | Patrick Summers

Passwort: operalia

Montag, 21. Mai 2012

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (Berlin 2012)

Richard Wagner 
Die Walküre 
Live aus der Philharmonie Berlin 20.5.2012 

Eva-Maria Westbroek | Sieglinde 
Christian Elsner | Siegmund
Evelyn Herlitzius | Brünnhilde 
Lilli Paasikivi | Fricka 
Terje Stensvold |Wotan 
Heike Grötzinger | Siegrune 
Mikhail Petrenko | Hunding 
Joanna Porackova | Gerhilde 
Julianne Young | Waltraute 
Andrea Baker | Schwertleite 
Eva Vogel |Grimgerde 
Anette Bod |Rossweisse 
Anna Gabler | Ortlinde 
Susan Foster | Helmwige 

Berliner Philharmoniker 
Sir Simon Rattle

Passwort: operalia

Sonntag, 20. Mai 2012

Gerald Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest (London 2012)

Gerald Barry 

The Importance of Being Earnest 

Aufführung London's Barbican Hall 

Barbara Hannigan | Cecily Cardew
Peter Tantsits | John Worthing
Joshua Bloom | Algernon Moncrieff
Katalin Karolyi | Gwendolen Fairfax
Hilary Summers | Miss Prism
Alan Ewing | Lady Bracknell
Benjamin Bevan | Lane/Merriman
Joshua Hart | Dr Chasuble 

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Thomas Ades | Dirigent

Passwort: operalia

Act 1 Algerno
is playing “Auld Lang Syne” off stage while Lane is arranging afternoon tea on the table. Algernon enters and talks to Lane about his piano playing and cucumber sandwiches. 
Algernon’s friend Ernest [John Worthing in his city identity] enters and declares his love for Gwendolen, Algernon’s cousin. They argue about food and Gwendolen’s love of bread and butter. Algernon has found Ernest’s cigarette case, which has written on it: “From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack.” He forbids Ernest to marry Gwendolen until he reveals the identity of Cecily, and says that Ernest’s name isn’t Jack at all, but Ernest. Jack says that Cecily is his ward, and in order to escape to town for amusement, he pretends to have a wicked younger brother called Ernest, who is always in trouble and in need of rescue. He has two identities, Ernest in town and Jack in the country. Algernon accuses Jack of being a Bunburyist. Algernon also leads a double life by pretending to have an invalid friend called Bunbury whom he “visits” when he wants to escape the world. He says, “A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.”

Lady Bracknell and her daughter Gwendolen enter. Lady Bracknell speaks of cucumber sandwiches and her hatred of French and her love of German music. She sings her own setting of “Freude, schöner Götterfunken.”

While Lady Bracknell and Algernon are in another room, Jack proposes to Gwendolen and is accepted. She loves him because she thinks his real name is Ernest. It is the only name that vibrates with her. Jack privately resolves to be rechristened “Ernest.”

Lady Bracknell discovers them and interrogates Jack as a prospective suitor. Horrified that he was adopted after being discovered as a baby in a handbag at Victoria Station, she refuses him and forbids further contact. Gwendolen, however, manages covertly to swear her undying love. As Jack gives her his address in the country, Algernon notes it on the cuff of his sleeve; Jack’s revelation of his pretty young ward has motivated Algernon to meet her.

Algernon tells Lane he’s going Bunburying and to put out all his Bunbury suits.

Act 2

In Jack’s country house, Cecily is found studying German with her governess, Miss Prism. She dislikes German, as speaking it makes her look plain. Miss Prism counters with her own setting of “Freude, schöner Götterfunken.”

Algernon arrives pretending to be Ernest and soon charms Cecily. She falls in loves with him and tells him she loves him because he is wicked and bad and is called Ernest. She says it was always her dream to marry someone called Ernest. Algernon plans for the rector, Dr. Chasuble, to rechristen him “Ernest.” Jack, meanwhile, has decided to put his double life behind him. He arrives in full mourning and announces Ernest’s death in Paris, a story undermined by Algernon’s presence in the guise of Ernest.

Gwendolen now arrives. She meets Cecily in the temporary absence of the two men, and each indignantly declares that she is the one engaged to “Ernest.” When Jack and Algernon reappear, their deceptions are exposed. The girls exit and Jack berates Algernon for Bunburying in his house. The men quarrel over the remaining muffins and tea-cake, with Algernon triumphantly eating the last muffin. 

Act 3

Cecily notes that Jack and Algernon have been eating muffins. She and Gwendolen tell them that their Christian names are an insuperable barrier to their marrying. The men vow to be rechristened Ernest.

Lady Bracknell arrives and is surprised to be told that Algernon and Cecily are engaged. The size of Cecily’s trust fund soon dispels her initial doubts over Cecily’s suitability as a wife for her nephew. However, stalemate develops when Jack refuses his consent to the marriage of his ward to Algernon until Lady Bracknell consents to his own union with Gwendolen.

The impasse is broken by the return of Miss Prism. Lady Bracknell recognizes the governess: 28 years earlier, as a family nursemaid, she took a baby boy for a walk in a perambulator and never returned. Miss Prism explains that she had distractedly put the manuscript of a novel she was writing in the perambulator, and the baby in a handbag, which she had left at Victoria Station. Jack produces the very same handbag, showing that he is the lost baby, the elder son of Lady Bracknell’s late sister, and thus indeed Algernon’s older brother – and suddenly eligible as a suitor for Gwendolen. Gwendolen remains firm that she can only love a man named Ernest. What is her fiancé’s real first name? Lady Bracknell informs Jack that, as the first-born, he would have been named after his father, General Moncrieff. Jack examines army lists and discovers that his father’s name – and hence his own real name – was in fact Ernest. As the happy couples embrace – Jack and Gwendolen, Algernon and Cecily, Dr. Chasuble and Miss Prism – Lady Bracknell complains to her new-found relative: “My nephew, you seem to be displaying signs of triviality.” “On the contrary, Aunt Augusta,” he replies, “I’ve now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of being Earnest.”

Judith Weir: Miss Fortune (Royal Opera House London 2012)

Judith Weir
Miss Fortune

Royal Opera House Covent Garden März 2012

Tina | Emma Bell
Simon | Jacques Imbrailo
Fate | Andrew Watts
Donna | Anne-Marie Owens
Hassan | Noah Stewart
Lord Fortune | Alan Ewing
Lady Fortune | Kathryn Harries
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Opera House Chorus
Dirigent | Paul Daniel
Passwort: operalia 

Act I
Scene 1
Tina checks her horoscope; her parents Lord and Lady Fortune host a fabulous party during which they learn that their vast wealth has suddenly vanished in a financial catastrophe. Tina declares that she will find an honest job in the real world. Fate hovers in the background.

Scene 2
Tina finds herself in a sinister street and makes for a brightly-lit building.

Scene 3
The building Tina enters is a garment sweatshop. The tired workers offer Tina a job sweeping the floor, which she accepts, believing it will be her entree into the fashion trade. The workers finish their shift, leaving Tina to guard the premises. A mysterious gang of intruders enters and the workshop is destroyed. Alarmed and helpless, Tina escapes.

Scene 4
On waste ground, Hassan tends his kebab van and sings a poetic aubade. Tina rushes in, distressed; Hassan calms her, and they watch the dawn together. Tina is briefly left in charge of the van. The van starts to shake as a gang of attackers break it to bits; Tina rushes away to escape the violence. Fate’s voice is heard again.

Scene 5
Donna, working in her laundry, ponders the mysteries of the universe. Hassan bursts in, distraught; meanwhile the sweatshop women are packing up and leaving town, following the meltdown of their workplace. Tina appears, stunned and lost; Donna offers her work in the laundry. Tina sadly accepts; Fate sarcastically urges her on.

Simon, a wealthy customer, calls to collect his shirts. Tina turns pale, and tells Donna about her troubles. Donna suspects the involvement of Fate. She tells Tina to confront him, near a wasteland at the edge of town. Tina makes her way there.

Act II

Scene 1
At the deserted location, mystical words emerge from the ruins. Tina calls out to Fate; he replies. They reach an uneasy truce.

Scene 2
Several months later. Hassan begs in the street. Tina does all the work in the laundry, Donna relaxes. News comes of a huge unclaimed lottery win in the next town. Fate arrives, incognito, as a customer in the laundry. He gives Donna a ticket which she can’t match to any item in her shop. Donna throws it away and Tina picks it up absent-mindendly.

A positive atmosphere spreads throughout the laundry. Simon enters to compliment Donna on her exquisite laundering. A ray of light strikes Tina, and Simon is captivated by the sight of her. He recognizes Hassan from his youth, and presses money on him.

The elegant women from Lady Fortune’s party arrive, depressed at the collapse of their own fortunes; the male party guests, also desperate, hope to find the missing ticket for the unclaimed lottery win. Lord and Lady Fortune return, ragged and unkempt, from a frightening foreign exile.

Tina emerges from the laundry with Fate’s ticket. The numbers on it match the lottery win – except the final number, which is one digit out. Tina, moved by everyone’s despair, calls on Fate to re-run the last few seconds. For a moment the action moves backwards; after which, Tina’s ticket is found to be an exact match to the lottery win after all. Tina throws her ticket to the crowd and leaves with Simon for her unknown future. Everyone
celebrates, watched thoughtfully by Fate.

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski: Eugen Onegin (Los Angeles 2011)

Oksana Dyka und Dalibor Jenis

Eugen Onegin (1878) 
Sie basiert auf dem gleichnamigen Versroman Eugen Onegin von Alexander Puschkin. Tschaikowski wählte für seine Oper den Untertitel Lyrische Szenen 
Aufführung der Los Angeles Opera 17.9.2011 

Eugene Onegin | Dalibor Jenis 
Tatiana | Oksana Dyka 
Lensky | Vsevolod Grivnov 
Olga | Ekaterina Semenchuk 
Prince Gremin | James Creswell 
Madame Larina | Margaret Thompson 
Filipievna | Ronnita Nicole Miller 
Monsieur Triquet | Keith Jameson 
Zaretsky | Philip Cokorinos 
A Captain | Erik Anstine 
Chor und Orchester der Los Angeles Opera 
Dirigent James Conlon

Passwort: operalia

Charles Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (Vancouver 2011)

Simone Osborne as Juliette; Gordon Gietz as Roméo. Photo by Tim Matheson

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893) 

Roméo et Juliette (Romeo und Julia) (1867) 
November 2011 Vancouver Opera 

Frere Laurent | PETER VOLPE 
Capulet | JOHN AVEY 
Gregorio | IAN FUNK 
Benvolio | ERIC OLSEN 

Chor und Orchester der Vancouver Opera 
Dirigent | Jaques Lacombe

Passwort: operalia

Jaques Offenbach: Hoffmanns Erzählungen / Les Contes d’Hoffmann (

Jaques Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann Hoffmanns Erzählungen Phantastische Oper in 5 Akten
Als Libretto diente ein von Jules Barbier und Michel Carré verfasstes und 1851 uraufgeführtes Stück, das auf verschiedenen Erzählungen E. T. A. Hoffmanns basiert
Aufzeichung einer Aufführung der Lyric Opera of Chicago

Matthew Polenzani | Hoffmann 
Emily Fons | Die Muse/Niklas 
James Morris | Lindorf/Coppelius/Mirakel/Dapertutto Rodell Rosel | Andrès, Cochenille, Pitichinaccio, Frantz Anna Christy | Olympia 
Erin Wall | Antonia 
Alyson Cambridge | Giulietta 
Christian Van Horn | Luther / Crespel 
David Cangelosi | Spalanzani
Chor und Orchester Lyric Opera of Chicago 
Leitung: Stéphane Roche
Passwort: operalia

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes (Mailänder Scala 2012)

- Stagione Lirica 2011/2012

Oper in einem Prolog und drei Akten
Die Oper wurde 1945 uraufgeführt und spielt an der Ostküste Englands um ca. 1830.
Benjamin Britten
Libretto: Montagu Slater nach dem Poem The Borough von George Crabbe

Peter Grimes | John Graham-Hall
Ellen Orford | Susan Gritton
Captain Balstrode | Christopher Purves
Auntie (la Zietta) | Felicity Palmer
First Niece (primo nipote) Ida Falk Winland
Second Niece (secondo nipote) Simona Mihai
Bob Boles | Peter Hoare
Swallow | Daniel Okulitch
Mrs Sedley | Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Il Reverendo | Adams Christopher Gillett
Ned Keene  | George Von Bergen
Hobson | Stephen Richardson
Orchester und Chor des Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Dirigent Robin Ticciati 
Passwkort: operalia

Samstag, 19. Mai 2012

Richard Strauss: Salome (Amsterdam 2011)

Richard Strauss 

Roman Sadnik | Herodes 
Susan Maclean | Herodias 
Susan Bullock | Salome 
Michael Volle | Jochanaan 
Stephan Rügamer | Narraboth 
Katharine Goeldner | Ein Page der Herodias 
Marcel Beekman | Jude 1 
Christian Drescher | Jude 2 
Pascal Pittie | Jude 3 
Erin Caves | Jude 4 
Martin Busen | Jude 5 
Andrew Greenan | Nazarener 1 
Julian Tovey | Nazarener 2 
Alexander Egorov | Soldat 1 
Dennis Wilgenhof | Soldat 2 
Henk van Heijnsbergen | Ein Cappadocier 
Lisette Bolle | Ein Sklave 

Philharmonisches Radioorchester 
Edo de Waart | Dirigent 

Aufnahme 10.12.2011, Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Passwort: operalia

Weinberger: Schwanda, der Dudelsackpfeifer (Dresden 2012)

Jaromir Weinberger (1896 - 1967) 
Schwanda, der Dudelsackpfeifer 
Volksoper in 2 Akten / 5 Bildern 
Das tschechische Originallibretto stammt von Miloš Kareš, verdeutscht wurde es von Max Brod, die Musik komponierte Jaromír Weinberger, die Bühnendekoration entwarf Georg Jilovsky. Die Uraufführung fand am 27. April 1927 im Prager Nationaltheater, die deutsche Erstaufführung am 16. Dezember 1928 in Breslau statt. 

Aufzeichnung einer Aufführung vom 24.3.2012 Semperoper Dresden 

Christoph Pohl | Svanda 
Marjorie Owens | Dorotka 
Ladislav Elgr | Babinsky 
Tichina Vaughn | Königin 
Tilman Rönnebeck | Magier 
Michael Eder | Teufel 
Simeon Esper | Richter / Höllenhauptmann / 
Timothy Oliver | Scharfrichter, Des Teufels Famulus 
Ilhun Jung | Zweiter Landsknecht 

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden 
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Christof Bauer | Chor 

Constantin Trinks | Musikalische Leitung

Passwort: operalia
Christoph Pohl (Schwanda) [c] Semperoper

Freitag, 18. Mai 2012

Verdi: Falstaff (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, München 1974)

Günther Rennert und Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau als Falstaff, Bayrische Staatsoper München [c] 1974

Giuseppe Verdi
Aufnahme 23.4.1974 Bayrische Staatsoper München

Falstaff | Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Alice Ford | Leonore Kirschstein
Nannetta | Reri Grist
Quickly | Carol Smith
Meg Page | Herta Töpper
Fenton | Claes H. Ahnsjö
Ford | Thomas Tipton
Cajus | Friedrich Lenz
Bardolfo | Gerhard Stolze
Pistola | Keith Engen

Chor und Orchester der Bayrischen Staatsoper
Dirigent | Wolfgang Sawallisch
Passwort: operalia

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ein wunderbarer Sänger geht

Copyright Deutsche Grammophon [c]

Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
Der Abschied

Aufnahme 2.4.1962 Raum Bamberg
Bamberger Sinfoniker

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Dirigent: Joseph Keilberth
Passwort: operalia 
Julia Varady und Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Jules Massenet: Thais (Wien 2007)

Jules Massenet zum 170. Geburtstag 
(geboren am 12. Mai 1842 in in Montaud bei Saint-Étienne)
Foto von Paul Cardon (alias Dornac)
Jules Massenet
Aufnahme 25.4.2007 Wien, Konzerthaus

Thaïs : Renée Fleming
Athanaël : Thomas Hampson
Nycias : Eric Laporte
Palémon : Nicolas Cavallier
Crobyle : Magali Leger
Myrtale : Delphine Haidan
La Charmeuse : Elisabeth Vidal
Albine : Caitlin Hulcup

Wiener Singakademie
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Dirigent : Michel Plasson
PAsswort: operalia

Donnerstag, 17. Mai 2012

Tschaikowski: Konzertfantasie & 182 Ouverture (Manchester 2012)

Tchaikovsky receiving an honorary Doctorate of Music at Cambridge, 1893

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski (1840 - 1893) 
Konzertfantasie G-Dur op. 56 – für Klavier und Orchester (1884) 

1812 Ouverture 

Aufzeichnung Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 
Hallé Orchester 
Sofya Gulyak, Piano 
Dirigent: Sir Mark Elder

Passwort: operalia

Alexander Borodin: Ouverture Fürst Igor & Sinfonie Nr. 2 (Manchester 2012)

Alexander Borodin

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)
Ouverture Fürst Igor

Oper mit einem Prolog und vier Akten, Libretto: A. Borodin auf der Grundlage des russischen Epos Das Lied von der Heerfahrt Igors, 1869-87, unvollendet hinterlassen, von Rimsky-Korsakow und Glasunow 1887/88 vervollständigt und teilweise orchestriert, Uraufführung: St. Petersburg 1890

Sinfonie Nr.2 h-Moll - 1869-76
Aufzeichnung Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Hallé Orchester
Dirigent: Sir Mark Elder
Passwort: operalia
Grave of Alexander Borodin at Tikhvin cemetery St. Petersburg, Russia
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