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De Candia played Falstaff as a kind of slobbish everyman, notably lacking the cutesy quality so common to characterizations. Only through his spectacular humiliation did he becomes semi-tolerable. The house is located just outside the town of Busseto, roughly odd kilometres north of Parma. Verdi supervised its construction, and, together with lady love and soprano Giuseppina Streponi, moved in in The house contains a number of mementos, as one might expect, all carefully and lovingly displayed.
Two pianos on which Verdi composed his works early and later were there, a clear case covering their keys. I stared at those pianos, longing to touch them. No photos are allowed inside the house, alas. Gelling those reactions with the personal effects to say nothing of the little section on Wagner was surreal but also beautiful. I wish I could have had a few moments to stand in that room and take it all in, quietly, thoughtfully; it was one of the rare times during my travels in Italy that I actually wanted to be alone.
The exterior of Villa Verdi. Perhaps it was the absence of my mother, the social isolation that comes with being an independent woman of certain means, an overall disappointment… whatever the case: I am happy to have seen and experienced the things I did in Italy — and it will take a lot to get me to return. On October 20, Eterior of the Teatro Regio di Parma. Featuring the talents of soloists Veronica Simeoni soprano , Anna Pirozzi mezzo soprano , Antonio Poli tenor , and Riccardo Zanellato bass baritone , and led with intense passion by conductor Daniele Callegari, the occasion was dedicated to the memory of tenor Luciano Pavarotti at the tenth year of his passing.
The Requiem was the first classical experience I had in Italy, and it was more emotional than I was anticipating. I was her caregiver during that time, and I miss her in ways expected and unexpected. I knew this would be an emotional trip, but it also felt like an important one for me to take. Interior of the Teatro Regio di Parma. It is not an exaggeration to say his music was the soundtrack of my life. My mother in opera-going gear. If motherhood especially single motherhood had dimmed her ability to see live performances, it had also made her go ever more deeply into her ever-growing music collection, and, at that time, record every single PBS special.
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I only recently cleaned out those literally hundreds of VHS cassettes, unplayable not just because of technological advances, but through sheer wear and tear; we watched the hell out of that stuff, and more than one happy evening was spent staring and listening, sipping on root beer floats. Returning to the Met was, looking back on it, a kind of a homecoming for her. Not the coy smile when we met Placido Domingo during his Toronto visit a smile returned, by the way, with a wink.
My mother and I in Still, there were challenges. I could not, as a teenager, understand her love of Wagner, whose work is, perhaps, the anchovies of opera, or was for me at least; only time, maturity, and experience allowed me to experience and appreciate the richness and complexity.
While I adore his work now, in my younger days I had less than friendly feelings. Not long after she passed away in , an opera-loving friend active in the classical music world wrote to me. The day that purity is gone is the day I stop traveling, and the day I stop writing also. There was such a directness conveyed by and through Maestro Callegari, whose body language and responsiveness conveyed such a truly personal connection with the score.
At the Teatro Regio di Parma. On October 8, In festival , interviews , music , opera. I was a theatre writer before I was an opera writer, and a theatre performer and aficionado before all of that. Living in Dublin and London allowed for many fantastic nights of theatre, with some of my favorite moments unfolding at or being connected with the Almeida Theatre in Islington, north London. When Jonathan Kent , whose work I had long admired, moved into opera, I was immediately intrigued. I still love theatre but whenever I go now, I find myself missing the music.
Quickly Photo: Roberto Ricci. Opera is, of course, a fluid art form rich in drama and rife with possibilities for presentation, something various head honchos in opera know and riff on, to frequently wondrous effect. When it comes to staging the work of Giuseppe Verdi, who adored the work of Shakespeare, things can get even more sticky. A director is faced with certain choices: do the stodgy Shakespeare thing, involving various shades of grey and frilly collars? Or do super-high-concept, involving surreal set pieces and bizarre effects?
Italian director Jacopo Spirei excels in integrating drama, visuals, theatricality and music into one satisfying whole. Frequently played as a jolly big man with a beard and a rolling laugh, this famous literary character is often presented as the stuff of stage comedy , a figure we laugh with and laugh at, a bon vivant whose lust for life knows no bounds. Find out. We could say that Verdi and Shakespeare is a very happy match; whenever the two have met great art has been produced.
Falstaff is a man who has known glory, wealth, poverty, defeat and survived through it all with a smile and a philosophy. He tells us how morals and honor are just words created but mankind. There is a tendency with many productions of Falstaff to emphasize the comic aspects; your production seems more serious and thoughtful.
Why this approach? The opera is funny, but not comic. The design sense of this production is very unique: contemporary, somewhat expressionist, familiar. What were your visual influences? What was your process with designer Nikolaus Webern? With Nikolaus we always start from the text and we discuss a lot before even starting to design.
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You can see in the show the village of Lewes , the house of the owners of the festival and in fact. I believe we have a lot to learn from what England is going through politically and socially. In a bizarre way England is behaving like Falstaff, still thinking an Empire is possible and not accepting reality and how the world has changed.
Brexit has been a very divisive subject within England and Great Britain in general. I enjoyed the process, never fearing any good or bad reaction from the audience. On June 5, In music , opera. Those who respond to it viscerally and emotionally are the ones who understand it best.
Vick is a director known for his experimental approach. His ideas around the lack of empathy in modern society, the importance of involving various communities, and visceral reactions to culture ring big bells with me and the things I believe in terms of the power of art and music. What is it about this work that so continues to entrance and excite artists and audiences alike?
Why does the story of an unrepentant Lothario and the various women he loves and men he angers and murders — all within the space of one day — continue to have a grip on popular imagination? How does the work and its telling change through time, and why? He spent considerable time in his twenties in England, seeing a variety of dramatic and operatic works at the English National Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre. In making his debut with the San Francisco Opera, Spirei had to take the work of another director, in a production from six years ago, and make it his own.
Our conversation was very wide-ranging and, at times, quite intense, if equally friendly, and very lively. Sometimes the boundaries are budget, artists, all kinds of different aspects, which is incredibly fascinating and exciting. This was the real challenge, to reinvent an element already there, although the starting point of the original is something that intrigued me a lot. The fact the mirrors were central in the original production.
I find it really attractive in a way, how Giovanni is a mirror to the other characters, showing us their real sides, taking everything from them. People come with their own luggage of experience of contributions.
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Marc is the same. This is really exciting. In many ways Don Giovanni feels like it belongs in the 21st century; it has so much to say about humans and relationships. You never get to the bottom of it. One could work on this opera forever and never get tired, though you might become obsessed, and be haunted by it!
Giovanni is the man who is not willing to pay a price for his actions, who is completely free and without boundaries, with no morals, who pushes forward and never looks back. Not at all! The thing is, that, if anything he is an example. We know he has a lot of women only by the words of Leporello about the catalogue , which is a list he makes as he says, but… is it a collection?
Are those numbers real? With Anna of course, there are lots of different approaches to that situation , but it starts with the rape…. It is questionable, but once you go through the music and what she says, and the dramatic tension of the music, the trauma is there. She does carry that guilt, no matter how conscientious or not-conscientious she is. I get frustrated with stagings that forget that part, and ones in which the women are victimized. One cannot simplify it into victims and non-victims; each one is a character representing an element of our personality.
On March 30, In teaching. If you had asked my dear mother what she would have wanted to be, more than anything in the world, she would have quickly responded, without hesitation: a singer.
Having been a talented child singer and never developed or rather, had the opportunity to develop her gift, she turned to the administrative and financial worlds with much success , but her intense love of singing — and singers — never abated, and expressed itself throughout her life. Introduced to opera as a teenager via CBC Radio broadcasts, as well as vinyl recordings , she balanced her passion for one art form while enjoying others, including rock and roll and jazz — though it must quickly be noted here that all the artists she loved in those genres Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dean Martin had equally beautiful voices.
This was a lively, vivid interpretation, not at all cliched or cartoonish, but sad, exasperated, hopeful and cynical at once, his approach to the famous catalogue aria a scintillating mix of musicality and theatricality, and his chemistry with fellow bass Abdrazakov entirely charismatic. One got the feeling watching him that the character was rooting for the put-upon lovers wildly inwardly, while going through the motions of his station outwardly.
What, teaching? Why now? I am defenseless, weak: execute the sacrifice … Ah, could this victim make Heaven more favorable to you! Dying, Giuditta will still bless you. Your virtues were false, Your modesty was insincere! Upon your face I see the kisses That the oppressor gave you. You were the lily of Israel By your virtues, by your modesty: Now sullied and unfaithful, You are the horror of your brothers!
In patriotic representations, women who must protect their honor are represented as passive: either their honor is defended by men, or they commit suicide not to be dishonored. Here, Giuditta openly takes the risk to expose her honor for the sake of the Homeland:. E se illibata mai Non esca dal conflitto, Me rinfacciar vorrai Del santo mio delitto? Should I not emerge Uncorrupted from the conflict, Will you want to reproach me For my pious crime? On earth Nabucco, in Heaven Only Baal will reign from now on […].
Beyond this parallel, a deep link has been established by Vincenzo Gioberti, one of the main thinkers of the Risorgimento. In , the pope had renounced the idea of heading an Italian confederation, and had tried to discredit the movement as impious, definitively condemning the national movement. Thus, the choice of the Judith narrative and the incessant references to God proved useful to legitimate the movement of liberation against the Austrians but also against the Catholic hierarchy. Soprano roles are characterized by a vocation to martyrdom.
She acts, without the help of any man, for the successful liberation of Bethulia, whereas even the bravest women in traditional representations could only encourage their lovers to fight against the enemy of the Homeland, even if they had been disconsolate at their departure. In these representations, there are no women at all who would take up arms to fight, either alone or alongside men: even the allegories of the nation are frequently disarmed, if not physically, then at least symbolically.
The sharp contrast between Giuditta and the men of Bethulia seems to confirm it. Whereas they appear cowardly 29 in the first scenes of the opera, Giuditta, facing them, shows the courage which they lack:. Well, as virtue is dead in men, a weak woman shall have it; and I am the one. Whereas men show themselves to be more corrupted and weaker, women have more courage and virtue. Thus, during this period, the domestic role of women inside the family was strongly emphasized, 32 whereas a role to play in the public sphere was clearly refused to them.
Indeed, several scenes previously she proclaims that she will get the virtue that men have lost; Giuditta promises to save the Homeland. Upon hearing this, the chorus exclaims:. O prodigio! O miracle! She is exalted as a liberator of the Homeland, while at the same time her femininity is denied. Melodramma biblico in tre atti. Poesia di M. Marcello; musica del maestro Achille Peri.
A Biblical Melodrama in Three Acts. Lyrics by M. Marcello; music by maestro Achille Peri.
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Lucca, , p. Bandiere spiegate sulla rocca e sulle mura. Gia splende il quinto sol.
E questa mano ancor di sangue intrisa. Sia gloria al dio possente. Banners unfurled on the rock and on the wall. Holophernes is dead! Already, the sun of the fifth day is rising. And this hand, still drenched in blood,. We owe to Heaven the merit of the great deed,. Glory be to God almighty. Buonaccorsi, p. When she has disappeared behind the rocks, they all kneel down at the foot of the mountain, and the curtain falls.
Posta in musica dal sig. Maestro Emilio Cianchi e fatta eseguire per la seconda volta le ultime tre sere di carnevale nella chiesa delle Scuole Pie dalla Congregazione di Maria SS. Addolorata E. Giuseppe Calasanzio Firenze, dalla tip. Calasanziana, , p. La salvatrice tua,. E Coro. Astro, risplendi e illumina. Let honor your savior, Bethulia.
Oh star, shine. Come il tuo raggio, ardenti. Gazzetta dei teatri , 27 March The newspapers counted between ten and twenty curtain calls for the composer. For her defenders she embodies the struggle against oppression. Thus, in , the anti-revolutionary play Charlotte Corday ou la Judith moderne constitutes the first work to introduce a comparison between the murderesses of Marat and of Holofernes, making a Holofernes of Marat and a Judith of Corday, and identifying the Hebrew with the royalists persecuted by the republicans.
Banti and P. Ginsborg eds. Sorba stresses that the collective oath was borrowed from the stage by the nationalists. This quarrelsome virgin makes a reference to the biblical heroine:. As Christopher Duggan emphasizes, the task of the Risorgimento was not only to secure a territorial independence but, more fundamentally, to banish from the population such vices as subservience and lack of martial ardor. Christopher Duggan, The Force of Destiny. Fraisse and M. Perrot eds.
Corriere delle Dame , 30 March Dermenjian, J. Guilhaumou, and M.