October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011

Filed under: Gerald Finley,Julius Drake,Opera,Simon Keenlyside — Administrator @ 10:55 am

The DVD of Verdi's Don Carlo has received Gramophone's 2011 award for DVD Performance.

The CD of Britten's Songs & Proverbs of William Blake, performed by Gerald Finley and Julius Drake, has received Gramophone's 2011 award for Solo Vocal performance.

August 14, 2010

ROH Don Carlo on DVD

Filed under: Opera,Simon Keenlyside — Administrator @ 8:06 pm

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.


Live From The Royal Opera House — Verdi: Don Carlo / Villazon;

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

Die Oper kocht

Filed under: Books,Simon Keenlyside — Administrator @ 7:53 am

A new book, published in Austria, Die Oper kocht, contains recipes from various stars of the world of opera.

March 21, 2010

More “stand & sing” baloney

Filed under: Simon Keenlyside — Administrator @ 1:24 pm

“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.”–

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.

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