October 6, 2011
August 14, 2010
New to DVD: Don Carlo from Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Expected release dates are 13 September 2010 for U.K. and 5 October for U.S.
Rolando Villazon (Don Carlo), Marina Poplavskaya (Elisabetta di Valois), Simon Keenlyside (Rodrigo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Philip II), Sonia Ganassi (Princess Eboli), Pumeza Matshikiza (Tebaldo), Nikola Matisic (Conte di Lerma), Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor), Robert Lloyd (Monk) & Anita Watson (Voice from Heaven)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano
Performed in Italian translation
August 9, 2010
A new book, published in Austria, Die Oper kocht, contains recipes from various stars of the world of opera.
March 21, 2010
“It’s an extremely difficult sing for Ophelia [in Hamlet],” [Simon] Keenlyside said. “It’s right at the extremes of the upper register of a soprano. It’s very difficult and also it demands stage presence, charisma and theatrical abilities as well. You can’t just stand and sing it these days, despite what our critics say.”–aolnews.com
I regret to see him apparently playing along with the phoney-baloney idea that opera in the not so long ago past was a matter of “stand and sing.” It wasn’t. The idea is used to play up the merits of contemporary singers who by and large aren’t so interesting or so good as the singers of the 1950′s and 1960′s.