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Archive for February 2011

Santa Barbara, CA, January 18,2011 – Opera Santa Barbara will soon be a beehive of activity as principal artists join the OSB Studio Artists and chorus for staging rehearsals for the upcoming production of Verdi’s La Traviata on March 4 and 6, at The Granada Theatre.

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Back to everyone’s favorite scene – I love a good “Amami Alfredo” to start the weekend…

Here are two impressive filmed versions of Traviata – The first Anna Moffo and Franco Bonisolli from Rome, directed by Mario Lanfranchi, the second Teresa Stratas with a very young Placido Domingo in a Zeffirelli production. Patane conducts the first and Levine the second. (Compare Anna Moffo here in a very beautiful performance to the deliciously ridiulous post of her “Sempre libera” a few days ago – interesting…)

More opera on film around town in the next week or so! I’m so happy these films are introducing opera to new audiences and hope people will take the next step of experiencing live Opera – there is nothing like hearing that wonderful music sung by unamplified voices live in the opera house. 3D is an amazing feat, but Live = priceless!

NIXON IN CHINA will be broadcast from the MET the weekend of February 12-13 at both Music Academy and at the Arlington Theater. Check out this wonderful article from the New York Times on the piece’s history.

Carmen 3D

Also coming THIS SUNDAY: Francesca Zambello’s “Carmen” in 3-D at the Arlington, the Film Festival’s Closing-Night Film. Tenor Bryan Hymel will sing Don Jose – Here’s a sneak peek at his work – a beautiful rendition of the Flower Song, with a beautiful high B-flat, song softly and sweetly as the composer intended (but is rarely heard!)

Today’s clip is Maria Callas and Alfredo Kraus in a 1958 production from Portugal – the performance that moved Terrance McNally to write his 1989 play “The Lisbon Traviata.” You can see why.

Traviata Clip of the Day; Germont-mania.

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Three versions of Germont’s aria “Di provenza.” Starting with the great Renato Bruson in Zeffirelli’s Busetto production. (heard here at nearly age 70!) The second is Leo Nucci (with Frank Lopardo) from London, the third is Dmitri Hvorostovsky from Cagliari – the video is a bit grainy but the audio is worth it.

Also, audio only, but CLICK HERE for a great link of Mark Rucker, our fabulous Macbeth from last season performing the aria – Buon appetito.