Monday, November 27, 2006

What's Opera Doc moving to a new home

Moving to a new home HERE. and HERE.
Stay tuned for updates!!!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Today's opera events - November 10th, 2006

Today we can celebrate the birthday of Francois Couperin (1668-1733).

Also, the following works premiered on this date:

Leoncavallo's "Zaza" (1900).
Mascagni's "I Rantzau" (1892).
Verdi's "La Forza Del Destino" (1862).

Of note: Fritz Kreisler at the age of thirteen made his American debut
in 1888 at the Old Steinway Hall in New York City. John McCormack made
his MET debut in 1909 singing in Verdi's "La Traviata." And........Bob
Dilley goofed again yesterday by failing to review my syllabus resulting
in my neglecting to post the birthdays of Thomas Quasthoff (1959), and
Aureliano Pertile (1885-1952). My apologies to both artists and all
forum members for these omissions. As always, I promise not to ever do
it again.........until the next time.

The quote for today is: "The first sonata in this collection of the four
suites, LES NATIONS, is the first that I composed, and the first to be
composed in France. Its story is curious. Charmned by those sonatas of
Signor Corelli whose works I shall love as much as I live, much as I
love the French works of M. de Lully, I attempted to compose one.
Knowing the greed of the French for foreign novelties, and lacking in
self confidence, I pretended that a relative of mine in the service of
the King of Sardinia had sent me a sonata by a recent Italian composer.
I rearranged the letters of my own name into an Italian one (Coperuni or
Pernucio), which I used instead. The sonata was devoured eagerly. I
wrote others, and my Italianized name brought me much applause under the
disguise." Francois Couperin.

~thanks to opera-l for the information

Monday, November 06, 2006

Tuesdays opera- Boris Christoff as Boris Godounov

In this masterpiece by Moussorgsky, Boris Christoff portrays the Tsar.

Boris Godunov the(Rimsky-Korsakov edition)
Composed by Modest Mussorgsky
Performed by Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
with John Lanigan, Jacques Mars, Boris Christoff, Evelyn Lear, Milen Paounov, Anton Diakov
Conducted by Andre Cluytens

I am including the cover art from the album, since it is so wonderful - you really miss this on the Cd re-release.

The version played will be the version ON VINYL. The opera is sung in Russian.
Synopsis HERE.