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Rafael R. Villalobos, a respected 33-year opera veteran | Culture

Rafael R. Villalobos, on the left, gives directions to Myrtò Papatanasiu (Floria Tosca) and Laurent Naouri (Scarpia) during a Tosca rehearsal at the La Monnaie Theater in Brussels.Hugo Segers Rafael R. Villalobos, a 33-year-old from Seville, won the 2013 European Prize for Opera Stage Direction in Vienna, a biennial competition organized by the association of […]

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Carlos Álvarez receives the award for best singer at the Opera XXI Awards | Culture

Borja Quiza and Carlos Álvarez (right), in a scene from ‘Viva la mamma’.JAVIER DEL REAL The season has been interrupted by the pandemic, but it has not prevented the Ópera XXI Awards from opting to support and value the sector. The baritone Carlos Álvarez has been awarded as best singer in this third edition for […]

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Carlos Álvarez: “There are few divos left at the opera. Luckily ”| Culture

Carlos Álvarez, in ‘Viva la mamma’.JAVIER DEL REAL The powerful baritone voice of Carlos Álvarez (Málaga, 54 years old) has led him to interpret great villains: Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Yago, Scarpia… it is the destiny of the low tessitura. That is why it is almost morbid to imagine him in the role that he premieres […]

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‘Julius Caesar in Egypt’: Sucedáneo de ópera | Culture

In the latest volume of its groundbreaking General History of Music, Charles Burney refers to Julius Caesar of Handel as “an opera lavish in beauties of various kinds, but in which both the composer and the performers seem to have acquired more reputation thanks to the recitatives than to the arias (…). There are three […]

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The Royal Theater redoubles its commitment to the renewal of the opera repertoire in its next season | Culture

Scene from ‘Joan of Arc at the stake’, by Arthur Honegger, directed by Àlex Ollé at its premiere in 2017 at the Frankfurt Opera.Barbara Aumüller / Frankfurt Opera The Royal Theater continues its commitment to renewing the opera repertoire and international co-productions. On the verge of overcoming the most difficult season in its history due […]

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The Royal Theater of Madrid ascends to the olympus of opera | Culture

The dream has come true. Twenty-four years after its reopening, the Royal Theater of Madrid He already occupies a position of honor in the lyrical Olympus after being distinguished this Monday in the International Opera Awards as the best company in the world for its programming in 2019. It is the jackpot of the considered […]

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Rolando Villazón: “Opera is not a question of ‘likes’; you sing or you don’t sing ”| Culture

Rolando Villazón (Mexico City, 49 years old) dreamed of being a great tenor, and he succeeded. Then it fell and, later, it reinvented itself. “But not only as a singer, but as an artist, as a creator,” he says. He was leading the way, though perhaps it was too fast. Today, more serene but with […]

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Gustavo Dudamel, new musical director of the Paris Opera | Culture

Gustavo Dudamel has been appointed this Friday the new musical director of the Paris Opera, which had been closing its signing for months. The 40-year-old Venezuelan director thus becomes the first Latin American to assume the musical leadership of one of the great European temples of opera. Dudamel, who has signed for six seasons, will […]

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Ten years without Daniel Catán, the composer who brought Spanish to US opera | Culture

Composer Daniel Catán in a promotional image for his opera ‘Ill Postino’.Gina Ferazzi Daniel Catán was close to leaving music for finances. His son Thomas recalls that his father’s faith wavered at the dawn of the 1980s. The stage was Mexico, a country in perpetual crisis, and the hero of the story encountered obstacles to […]

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‘La selva sin amor’: The first opera written in Spanish is performed again after four centuries of oblivion | Culture

On December 18, 1627, a musical show entitled The jungle without love with sheet music by the Italian Filippo Piccinini and libretto by the most renowned playwright at that time, Lope de Vega. In the prologue he wrote when the text was published in 1630, the author explained that the work “was performed sung, something […]

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