Friday, June 21, 2013

Jonas Kaufmann Verdi CD

jonas kaufmann the verdi album

Jonas Kaufmann announces his new CD which surprises many fans as he recorded the new CD for Sony Classical. The question that many are wondering is if it concludes his contract with Decca which has been one of the most fruitful discographies in years. He has a new Verdi DVD also being released through Decca. More will be announced in the coming months. 

THE VERDI ALBUM – Jonas Kaufmann
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
1 “La donna è mobile” (Duca)
2 “Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida” (Radamès)
Un ballo in maschera
3 “Di’ tu se fedele” (Riccardo)
4 “Forse la soglia attinse … Ma se m’è forza perderti” (Riccardo)
Il trovatore
5: “Ah! sì, ben mio … Di quella pira” (Manrico)
with Giovanni Gregnanin Ruiz · Erika Grimaldi Leonora
Luisa Miller
6 “Oh! fede negar potessi … Quando le sere al placido” (Rodolfo)
Simon Boccanegra
7 “O inferno! Amelia qui! … Sento avvampar nell’anima … Cielo pietoso, rendila” (Gabriele)
Don Carlo
8 “È lui! desso, l’Infante! … Dio, che nell’alma infondere” (Don Carlo)
with Franco Vassallo Rodrigo · Daniele Cusari un frate
La forza del destino
9 “La vita è inferno all’infelice … O tu, che in seno agli angeli” (Alvaro)
I masnadieri
10 “Destatevi, o pietre! … Giuri ognun questo canuto” (Carlo)
11 “Dio! mi potevi scagliar” (Otello)
12“Niun mi tema” (Otello)
with Franco Vassallo Jago
13 “O figli, o figli miei! … Ah, la paterna mano” (Macduff)
Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anna Netrebko in Il Trovatore

Today Anna Netrebko gave us a preview of "Tacea la Notte." She will make her role debut as Leonora this November. I am posting both arias on this page. Please tell us what you think of Netrebko's Leonora so far.

2013 Red Square 

2011 Sommer nachtsmusik Concert

Duet with Hvorostovsky 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Red Square Concert

On June 19 Anna Netrebko and Dimitri Hvorostovsky will team up for a historical concert at Red Square in Moscow. The concert will include works from Verdi, Puccini and Tchaikovsky. For more information and a Live Stream Click here.

Placido Domingo Verdi Album

Yet another artist is recording a Verdi Album. This time Placido Domingo teamed up with Sony Classical to record baritone arias from many of Verdi's operas. Several of the works Domingo has already performed on stage. The works include Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore,  Macbeth, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, La Traviata, and La Forza del Destino. The album comes out in August 19 in Europe.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Verdi Requiem On DVD and CD

According to Decca and Deutsche Grammphon the Verdi Requiem with Jonas Kaufmann, Elina Garanca, Rene Pape, Anja Harteros and conducted by Daniel Barenboim will be released on DVD, Blu Ray and DVD. The recording is scheduled for August 5th but does not have a proper cover yet. Enjoy!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Anna Netrebko Official Track List

The track to list to Anna Netrebko's new album is officially announced. The CD has sparked controversy over its cover and has also had pundits ridicule it. Here is an article I wrote with pictures tat La Ciecacame up with. Enjoy and hope the track list excites you. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Anna Netrebko's Verdi Album Confirmed (Track Listings)

Photo: BREAKING NEWS: Anna Netrebko will celebrate the mighty power and compelling human drama of Verdi’s music with a new album, »Verdi«, which is slated for international release this summer. Being her first studio album for five years, »Verdi« is destined to stand out among major highlights of the composer’s bicentenary year, thanks not least to the album’s choice of music – personally and diligently selected by the artist – and the sheer intensity of its music-making. Stay tuned!

It's Official Anna Netrebko's new album is being released. The album features arias by Giuseppe Verdi and is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. My only complaint at this point is who the hell did the photoshop work and who took those pictures. 

Who is excited and what do you think of that cover?

According to Kassikakente the album includes three arias from Macbeth-Vieni t'Affretta, The Sleepingwalking scene and La Luce Langue. It also includes Elisabetta's aria from Don Carlo "Tu Che La Vanita," Giovanna d'Arco's Sempre all'alba, Elena's aria from I Vespri Siciliani- The Bolero and aria's from "Il Trovatore." According to the site Rolando Villazon also recorded a scene from Il Trovatore but since I do not read German I was not able to understand that portion. 

Controversy over Album Arises 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Matilde di Shabran Release Date

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran - FlrezI have received many questions on when Juan Diego Florez's new DVD Matilde di Shabran will be released and Decca has finally announced that the opera will be in stores in August. The opera also stars Olga Peretyatko, and Nicola Alaimo. Michele Mariotti conducts the production from Pesaro.

Natalie Dessay Will Quit Opera

While promoting the new movie Becoming Traviata Natalie Dessay revealed that she is quiting the opera stage because she is tired of singing and wants to dedicate her life to acting.
She stated,  "I want to change my life. I want to go into straight theatre.” To Read the complete article Click here.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Eugene Onegin Preview 2013-2014

The Metropolitan Opera will open the 2013-2014 season with Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien in Deborah Warner's acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin.

Deborah Warner's production premiered at the English National Opera to great reviews and universal praise. Critic's stated, "Warner proved conscientious in delineating character and relationships in the action and interaction of the principals." They also stated "Deborah Warner's superb production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece scores both visually and emotionally."The production is updated to the 19th century and according to Warner the opera is "rich and emotional."

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Notable CD and DVD Releases For the Month of June

The month of June will conclude the Tutto Verdi celebration as well as will bring a new CD by Alekandra Kurzak and Cecilia Bartioli's new Norma. Additionally Renee Fleming's Ariadne Auf Naxos will finally be released.

The most anticipated release of the month is by far Cecilia Bartoli's Norma. The new recording also stars Sumi Jo and John Osborn and brings a new critical edition that should prove revealing for audiences and the musical world around. It may also split many but it is one to listen to if for mere curiosity.