Friday, October 21, 2016
Happy 45th birthday soprano Anna Netrebko. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q043wiL0Qw Born on this day in 1852 poet and librettist Francis Burdett Money-Coutts. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rbpSMD5XC8 Born on this day in 1860 composer Alberto Franchetti. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URjY9qzmgM Born on this day in 1893 composer Arthur Benjamin. (none of his operas excerpted on You Tube) //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bllvYME3QtI Born on this day in 1897 composer Pablo Sorozábal. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ULkmrh45R4 Born on this day in 1910 composer Josef Tal. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=wajUG_wlx0U Born on this day in 1916 tenor József Simándy. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDXr0aIR7uw Born on this day in 1932 mezzo-soprano Maureen Lehane. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK8ajWa-ivc Happy 83rd birthday bass-baritone Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqeMWf5CzVM Happy 80th birthday mezzo-soprano Ruth Hesse. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_mB_HjiK2M
Ten Questions With... Anna Polum, soprano Madison Opera Studio Artist 1. Where were you born / raised? I was born in Everett, Washington, but grew up (since I was 1) on Kodiak Island, Alaska. 2. If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in? I would be a speech therapist. 3. The first opera I was ever in was... Carmen. 4. My favorite opera is... La Bohème. 5. My favorite pre/post-show meal is... A big juicy burger after a show. 6. People would be surprised to know that... I love to fish! I grew up fishing and being outside, and now I love to go whenever I can. 7. A few of my favorite books are... The Hobbit and anything that is a biography. 8. If we were to turn on your music-listening device right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list? Adele, Anna Netrebko, The Beatles, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Buena Vista Social Club. 9. What is the best costume you've ever worn? The best costume I've ever worn was when I sang Countess Almaviva in UW-Madison's production of Le Nozze di Figaro. The costume was a brilliant blue dress that was absolutely stunning and had a gorgeous train (although heavy). 10. Everyone should go to the opera because.... ...it's not all dark and dreary. Opera gets a bad reputation for being depressing and boring, but there are a lot of times in opera or whole operas themselves that suggest differently. If you familiarize yourself with opera like one does film, it's just as entertaining. Don't miss the chance to see Anna all year long, on our mainstage and in our community. Visit madisonopera.org for more information.
“International opera superstar Anna Netrebko comes to The Greene Space for an exclusive interview and performance to celebrate the release of her new solo recording, Verismo. Joined by tenor Yusif Eyvazov in their first joint New York City appearance, the soprano illuminates the stylistic and psychological complexities of verismo with her own special intensity and powers of expression.”
“It’s no secret that soprano Anna Netrebko is one of opera’s true box office draws: Her performances of Il Trovatore last season were among the few nights the Met was completely sold out. But her new CD, Verismo, reveals she is more than just a star; her performances of arias and scenes from Italian opera highlight an artistry that is both subtle and thrilling.” [Observer ]
Now this I call arts journalism: “Mit brausendem Beifall und Bravorufen gefeiert, präsentiert sich eine strahlende, braun gebrannte Anna Netrebko in spektakulären Roben und wirft immer wieder Kusshände ins Publikum: Das Konzert der Star-Sopranistin am Sonntagabend in der Hamburger Laeiszhalle ist zum triumphalen Fest für Ohren und Augen geraten.”
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