En Vivo desde Nueva York, la nueva temporada de òpera del Metropolitan Opera House en el Auditorio Mateo Herrea

Este proximo Sabado, 6 de Octubre, iniciaran nuevamente las transmisiones en vivo desde el Metropolitan Opera House de Nueva York en el Auditorio Mateo Herrera, en la ciudad de Leòn Guanajuato, en el Forum Cultural Guanajuato.

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Este mes de Octubre, el auditorio Mateo Herrera tendrà tres transmisiones en vivo, con tres grandes obras maestras del repertorio operìstico,  “Aida” de Giuseppe Verdi, con Anna Netrebko, Anita Rashvelishvili y Quinn Kelsey, que se transmitirà el Sabado 6 de Octube, a las 11:50 de la mañana, Samson y Dalila de Camille Saint-Saens (que sera nueva producciòn ) con Roberto Alagna y Elina Garanca, que se transmitirà el Sabado 20 de Octubre a la misma hora, 11:50 de la mañana y finalmente, “La Fanciulla del West” de Giacomo Puccini con el gran regreso del gran tenor Aleman, Jonas Kaufmann, despues de una ausencia de 4 años del Met, y el gran Baritono Serbio Zeljko Lucic, que se transmitira el Sabado, 27 de Octubre tambien a las 11:50 de la mañana.

El Auditorio Mateo Herrera no es solo uno de los mejores lugares donde se transmiten en vivo las òperas del Metropolitan Opera House de Nueva York en Mèxico, sino en todo el mundo, en donde te dan excelente recibimiento, programas a todo lujo, con los nombres de cada elenco y con una charla operìstica antes de las transmisiones. En el Auditorio Mateo Herrera, se puede contar con una cafeteria en la que los melomanos pueden tomar un buen descanso durante los intermedios de las transmisiones.

Debo mencionar, que esta es una de las temporadas mas fuertes de la Opera Metropolitana de Nueva York, iniciando con una de las òperas mas famosas de la historia, “Aida”, seguida por Samson y Dalila en la que contara con una nueva produccion y el regreso de una de las obras mas bellas de Puccini, “La Fanciulla del West”.  En Noviembre contaremos con el estreno de la òpera “Marnie” basada en la pelicula de Alfred Hitchcock y el 15 de Diciembre tendremos la transmision de una nueva produccion de “La Traviata” de Giuseppe Verdi y en la que tendra como protagonistas a Diana Damrau y Juan Diego Florez, en la que tambien sera su gran regreso al Met, en la que,  al igual que Jonas Kaufmann, tambien tuvo una ausencia de 4 años.

No dejen de ir a las transmisiones operìsticas  de “En Vivo, desde el Metropolitan Opera House de Nueva York” los Sabados 6, 20 y 27 de Octubre en el Auditorio Mateo Herrera.

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La gran Soprano Sonya Yoncheva en el Teatro Bicentenario, en Leòn, Guanajuato, este pròximo 15 de Noviembre!

La ciudad de Leòn tendrà por primera vez el honor de recibir la visita de la extraordinaria Soprano Sonya Yoncheva, que es una estrella internacional de la òpera.  Sonya Yoncheva vendrà por primera vez al Prestigioso Teatro Bicentenario, en la que anteriormente se presentaron Diana Damrau y Elina Garanca.

El nombre de Sonya Yoncheva se encuentra al lado de las grandes artistas de la òpera y es ya considerada ya como una grande y una de las grandes favoritas de esta nueva gran era de la òpera, al lado de nombres como Jonas Kaufmann, Juan Diego Florez, Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau,  Rolando Villazòn, Elina Garanca y el Mexicano Javier Camarena.

Este año, Sonya Yoncheva rompiò el record de participar en tres HDs, en vivo desde el Metropolitan Opera House de Nueva York, en la que interpretò por primera vez a Tosca, al lado de Vittorio Grigolo, despuès a Mimi, en “La Boheme” al lado de Michael Fabiano y finalmente como “Luisa Miller”, al lado de Piotr Beczala y el legendario Plàcido Domingo.

Por supuesto tambièn recordamos su inovidable Violetta en “La Traviata” de Verdi en la transmisiòn de HD del Met de año pasado.

Actualmente Sonya Yoncheva es muy solicitada por  todos los Teatros de òpera màs importantes del mundo, la Òpera de Paris, el ROH, Covent Garden en Londres y por supuesto, el Met de Nueva York, en la que en este mes de Diciembre volvera interpretar a Desdemona en Otello y el pròximo Año interpretara a Iolanta.  Al lado de Anna Netrebko, Sonya es la màxima Soprano de nuestra era, con una carrera versatil y que va en ascenso, desde Norma de Bellini en el ROH,  hasta su inolvidable y tràgica Desdemona en Otello.  Su versatil y admirable repertorio marca desde Monteverdi y Handel, hasta Verdi y  Puccini. El año pasado Sonya Yoncheva hizo historia al interpretar a Elisabet de Valois, en la versiòn completa e inèdita y versiòn original en Francès de la òpera “Don Carlos” de Verdi, al lado de Jonas Kaufmman, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ludovic Tezier y Elina Garanca.

Recientemente, Sonya Yoncheva acaba de triunfar nuevamente, esta vez, como Poppea en la òpera “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” del festival de Salzburgo.

Por eso, la ciudad de Leòn, Guanajuato, es afortunado de tener su presencia el pròximo 15 de Noviembre, en el Teatro Bicentenario. Una presencia de lujo, en la que los melòmanos Leoneses no se pueden perder.

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El Met en vivo desde NY en el Auditorio Mateo Herrera, en Léon, Guanajuato

La bella ciudad de Léon, en el estado de Guanajuato se enriquece culturalmente con las excelentes transmisiones óperisticas  del Metropolitan Opera House de Nueva York.

Las transmisiones son los Sábados  de cada mes al mediodía (dependiendo también de la programación del Met) en el maravilloso Auditorio Mateo Herrera en el Forum Cultural Guanajuato en la ciudad de León.

El Forum Cultural Guanjuato es un bello complejo cultural que enriquece la vida de los Leoneses y también de varios ciudadanos de ciudades vecinas.

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Con el Auditorio Mateo Herrera, León se pone a la misma altura de la Ciudad de México, Guadalajra y Monterrey, que son las otras  ciudades que transmiten los HD del Met en Nueva York.

En esta temporada 2017-2018 del Met de Nueva York,  se pudieron disfrutar de las maravillosas transmisiones de “Tosca”, “El Elixir de Amor”, “La Boheme” y recientemente “Semiramide” en la que fue el debut del Tenor Mexicano Javier Camarena en su primer HD a nivel mundial.

A diferencia de Estados Unidos en la que  las transmisiones son en salas de cine, en México, poniendo ejemplo la capital, el Distrito Federal y la ciudad de León, las óperas en vivo desde el Met son transmitidas en Auditorios (el caso de La Ciudad de México, el Auditorio Nacional) y en León, en el Auditorio Mateo Herrera con una acústica perfecta, con los asientos muy comodos y con una mesa lateral para poder recargarse y con excelentes programas de cada función operística.

Al inicio del 2018, los Leoneses disfrutaron del HD de “Tosca” de Giacomo Puccini, con una brillante y majestuosa produccion de Sir David McVicar y con las excelentes interpretaciones de Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo (ambos en su debut en los personajes de Tosca y Caravadossi) y el veterano Barítono Zeljko Lucic como el villano Scarpia.   La transmisión de Tosca fue de excelente calidad y las interpretaciones de los tres protagonistas de primer nivel, en especial del gran Barítono Zeljko Lucic que impresiono al mundo operístico con su malevolo Scarpia. La nueva dislumbrante producción de Tosca de Sir David McVicar remplazó a la producción modernista de luc Bondy del año 2009.  En esta nueva hermosa producción reconstruyeron brillantemente “La  basílica de San’t Andrea della Valle” para el acto I,    el “El Palacio Farnesio” para el Acto 2 y  el “El Castillo de Sant’Angelo” para el act III.  La producción causo gran impacto a nivel mundial y fue un privilegio  que en León, en la que el Auditorio Mateo Herrera tuvo una audiencia excepcional, se pudiera presenciar esta nueva y bella producción de lujo.

El Elixir de Amor de Gaetano Donizetti fue la segunda transmisión que se disfrutó en el Auditorio Mateo Herrera en la que se disfruto de las grandes interpretaciones del Tenor Matthew Polenzani y la Soprano Pretty Yende.  Este es el segundo HD de esta brillante y deliciosa ópera de Donizetti. La transmisión, nuevamente fue de primer nivel y trajjo muchas sonrisas a los Leoneses.

Y este pasado 10 de Marzo,  en el Auditorio Mateo Herrera se transmitió la ahora histórica transmisión de “Semiramide” de  Gioachino Rossini en la que hace más de 25 años que no se interpretaba en escena esta ópera en el Met y en la que fue significó el primer HD a niverl mundial, de nuestro querido Tenor Mexicano Javier Camarena, poniendo a nuestro país a nivel mundial con mucho prestigio.

El próximo 31 de Marzo, el Auditorio Mateo Herrera transmitirá la genial “Cosi fan tutte” de Mozart y con libreto del extraordinario Lorenzo da Ponte, última de la brillante trilogía “Mozart-da Ponte” con la nueva producción de Phelim McDermott y que contará con las interpretaciones de Christopher Maltman como el manipulador Don Alfonso y Kelli O’Hara como su cómplice Despina.  Esta será la segunda transmisión del Met de Cosi fan tutte, (la primera fue en el 2014 con una producción mas tradicional) pero esta nueva producción situada ahora en Coney Island de Nueva York de los años 50, se ve fascinante y será un nuevo deleite para el público Leonés. 

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In loving memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

This is the most difficult post to write, since the passing of Mexican Erudite, Ernesto de la Peña.

It is with heavy and sad heart to write that……on November 22 of 2017, our beloved and most admired Baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky passed away at age 55, after two years of a brave battle with brain cancer.  My last post about our beloved Dima (as all of us in the Opera community called him with love)  was on last October 16, with his 55 Birthday.   It was in June of 2015 when Dima,  was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had to cancel his performances…. and all of us, in the Opera community send our love and support to Dima. In many Opera groups, started a chain prayer for Dima, send our messages in support… and it was in September of 2015 when Dima after three months of treatment, returned  to the Met as Count di Luna in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, and many of us will never forget it. It will be remembered as the most moving and unforgettable return from an extraordinary Opera artist to the Met.   At the end of each performance of “Il Trovatore”, The entire Met Orchestra,  threw many white roses to Dima. And in the HD of “Il Trovatore”, on October 3rd of 2015. Many of us, international Opera fans around the world went to the cinemas/auditorium for the HD of “Il Trovatore” with our White Roses for Dmitri.  I still have my white rose, dried, in memory of that unforgettable moment.  And at the end of the HD of “Il trovatore” Dima, once again, was showered with white roses from the Met Opera Orchestra.   Dima gave us so many wonderful performances, as Simon Boccanegra, incomparable, his Iago, evil and terrifying, his Prince Yeletsky, beautiful and moving,  his Germont, commanding,  his Rigoletto, impressive, dramatic and moving… his Renato, Extraordinary, his Count di Luna, the most beautiful ever……and his signature role, Eugene Onegin, difficult to match. Dima is for many of us for the Opera fans, the one and only Eugene Onegin.

All of us, in this November 22, cried and we shared many memories of Dima, our favorite performances, we send tributes, many of us changed our photos for “white roses”. And all international Opera artists, from Sir Bryn Terfel, Placido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczala, Rene Pape, Thomas Hampson and Ildar Abdrazakov, expressed their most beautiful tributes. We have never experienced, something like this since the death of Luciano Pavarotti. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dima, was one of the greatest super star Opera artists of these last 30 years.

VERDI’S REQUIEM FOR Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Since a year ago, the MET announced “Verdi’s Requiem” for the 2017/2018 season (as a replacemente for Verdi’s Opera La Forza del Destino) and as a matter of destiny, the four performances of Verdi’s Requiem were scheduled for November 24, to December 2nd of this year.   Verdi’s Requiem was programmed to fill the cancelation of the new production of “La Forza del Destino”.  In previous years,  “Verdi’s Requiem” was performed at the Met 43 times.  In  1901, The Met honored the death of Verdi himself. In 1964, President Kennedy. In 1981, Francis Robinson, a longtime Met official and in 2008, Luciano Pavarotti.  Now as a matter of destiny, Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager announced that the four performances of Verdi’s Requiem will be dedicated in loving memory of our beloved Dima.

Another memory of Dima, that we will never forget was, that on Sunday, May 7, the Metropolitan Opera celebrated its 50th year in Lincoln Center in which many of the most famous Opera artists, veterans and contemporary stars, performed in celebration many of their most famous arias and the greatest and most unforgettable moment, was when, during in the middle of the 5 hour Opera Gala, Peter Gelb announced to the audience, the surprising and heroic appearance of Dima at the Gala, singing Rigoletto’s “Cortigiani vil razza dannata”… all of us were fortunate to listen to this unforgettable moment. We all were in tears, applauding so much to Dima’s surprising and beautiful singing of this demanding aria from Verdi’s Rigoletto!

In 1989, Dima won the famous “Cardiff singer of the world” competition in which Dima triumphed and won, against a big favorite from the UK, the then unknown and also know internationally famous Sir Bryn Terfel.  And Dima’s triumph in “Cardiff Singers of the World” was the beginning of an extraordinary and amazing career that is now in the history of the Opera.  The name of Dmitri Hvorostovsky is now along with the big names of Pavarotti, Caruso, Callas, Corelli, di Stefano, Gobbi, Warren,  Siepi, Merrill, Tibbett, Tebaldi, as an Opera legend.  His Operas, concerts, recitals, CDs, will always be a treasure for all of us and for the Opera lovers of future generations.
Thank you Dima, for giving us many joys to our lives and hearts! We will never forget your smile, your voice, your talent, your silver hair, your humanity. In history of music, there is not going to be another one like Dima. We will never forget you!

Rest in Peace, Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky (16 October 1962 – 22 November 2017)

 

 

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Die Zauberflöte, Live in HD from the MET

MAGICAL!!!!!! GLORIOUS!!!!!!!! MAGNIFICENT!!!!! BEAUTIFUL! EXTRAORDINARY!!! And again….MAGICAL!!!!!!!!

It was a huge JOY today, for me and my family to have seen the Met in HD of Mozart’s final masterpiece (along with La Clemenza di Tito) “Die Zauberflöte” !!!!!!!!!!!
It was extraordinary and I have so much to say!!!!!!!!!!!
This is our return to the HDs after last April’s Eugene Onegin and you can imagine how happy I was to see the new HD of “Die Zauberflöte”!!!!!!
I started to cry of joy since the HD started, with the many wonderful images from many different Operas and with the chorus of Carmen, the satelite and space image with Siegfried’s funeral march, the images of how all are getting ready for a performance, with Lohengrin’s music  I had so many goosebumps!!!! And when the performance started, I started to cry with the glorious overture!!!!!! Oh my!!!!!!! What a joy was for me to see Maestro James Levine conducting again!!!!!! Maestro James Levine loves and feels the music with his heart and he loves what he does (like my other hero, Leonard Bernstein  ) and that is always a privilege to see him conduct.
The entire casr were terrific!!!! Rene Pape was magnificent, extraordinary, superb as Sarastro  His “O Isis und Osiris” and also his “In diesen heil’gen Hallen” were so beautifully performed by Rene Pape. Sarastro’s arias are full of wisdom very profound
Sarastro is a key role of Rene Pape’s brilliant career and it was a privilege to see Rene Pape again as Sarastro!
And you can all imagine how my heart was when Rene Pape made his entrance! (and also his wonderful interview  BRAVO, BRAVISSIMO Rene Pape!!!!!!!!!!!!
(also about the snake in Sarastro’s costume… the snake is a symbol of wisdom and I personally loved his costume )
Markus Werba, what else can I say about his fabulous, terrific Papageno? Markus was super marvelous and now I consider him one of the best Papagenos ever
The audience, my family and I loved him and enjoyed his performance so much!!!! We all laughed with his brilliant performance Markus gave us many joys with his excellent Papageno! You can imagine how Happy I was when he enter on scene (behing him, the birds ) singing one of my favorite arias “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja” His final duet with her Papagena… “Pa-pa-pa Papageno-Papagena” was a huge joy to watch and listen!!!!
Markus’ Papageno will be remembered as one of the best ever!
BRAVO, BRAVISSIMO Markus Werba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <
Charles Castronovo as Tamino, he was terrific!!!! He was also absolutely wonderful and I also enjoyed every moment of him!!!!
BRAVO, BRAVISSIMO Charles Castronovo!!!!!!!!
Now… a special mention for two special ladies……
first Golda Schultz as Pamina was absolutely wonderful, extraordinary and so lovely!!!!!!! This is the birth of a new star!!!! She has one of the most beautiful voices ever, and alsovery beautiful and delightful… I absolutely LOVED her as Pamina!!!!! I hope that we get to see more of her in the future!!!! I can’t wait to see more performances of Golda Schultz !!!!!!!!!!!! I always get so happy when we discover a new star and Golda Schultz will shine a lot in the future!!!!
BRAVA, BRAVISSIMA Golda Schultz !!!!!!!!
Finally… Kathryn Lewek…. we have seen many Queen of the Nights…. Edda Moser, Edita Gruberova, Diana Damrau…… and I am very happy to say that Kathryn Lewek is now in the list of one of the greatest Queen of the Nights ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was completely blown away with her two arias… (My mom was also so impressed!!!!! My mom still has the Queen of the Night aria in her head… my mom was… WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! )
Our Auditorium, we all went mad and crazy for her famous “Der Hölle Rache” we all applauded like maniacs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BRAVA, BRAVISSIMA, Kathryn Lewek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another special mention, the three little boys as the three spirits, were so adorable!!!!!
“Die Zauberflöte” is one of my all time favorite operas for many reasons, it has a very profound message and it always gives me joy and I always feel positive energy when I watch or listen to a performance of “Die Zauberflöte”… and it happened again today!!!!
I couldn’t stop crying at the end of the glorious chorus!!!!!!
The light vs the darkness… good vs evil…. I was in pure tears at the end!!!!!!!!
The entire cast were terrific! Monostatos, the speaker, the three ladies… alll were fabulous!!!!
The production by Julie Taymor is brilliant and magical, I loved all colors, costumes and of course, the puppets, from the giant snake, the bears, the birds, the masks and the food for Papageno!  Pure magic!!!
I felt more than happy to have seen the new HD of “Die Zauberflöte”…. you can imagine what a joy is to see a live in HD from the MET but… this was special… for many reasons…. first because, luckily, my mom Uncle and I returned to our Auditorium again and also, because of the powerful message of “Die Zauberflöte”
I have many favorite HDs but this year’s “Die Zauberflöte” will have a very special place in my heart!
I hope that all of us, the humanity, can learn from the powerful message of “Die Zauberflöte”…. Tamino, our inspiration and hero (like another member here said) , Pamina, the Princess, another wonderful character, Papageno, more “human” and more like most of us, Sarastro, the wisest of all and with enlightment, and the Queen of the Night, the dark side.
I hope that all of us can learn from the message of Die Zauberflöte. I definitely, always try to learn and change as a human being.
And finally…..a big BRAVI to the always glorious MET Opera Chorus and the glorious Met Opera Orchestra!!!!!!!!! I was in heaven today!!!
And a big special BRAVO, BRAVISSIMO, to Maestro James Levine, which is a treasure to watch conducting!!!!!!
Thank you Met, thank you for doing the new live in HD of “Die Zauberflöte” and please all, if you have a chance GO TO THE ENCORE!!!!!!! And please everyone, please take the children!!! This is a great opportunity to prompte opera to our future!!!!!!!!!!
Also.. I almost forget… I also LOVED the preview during in the intermission about the documentary of the history of the Met and also with Leontyne Price!!!!! And I also had goosebums watching the images of the next HDs like Cosi fan tutte, Tosca, L’Elisir d’amore, Luisa Miller, Semiramide, La Boheme, etc, etc…
VIVA Emanuel Schikaneder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VIVA MOZART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPY 55TH BIRTHDAY, DMITRI HVOROSTOVSY!!!!!!!!!!

I am very, very, very happy to celebrate today…. the Birthday of one of the most beloved, most admired, most respected Opera artists of our golden age era of Opera…… I am super happy to announce that today, October 16, is the 55th Birthday of our Beloved Dmitri Hvorostovsky!  
Dima brought us so many joys with so many, many wonderful, extraordinary performances, both in Opera, concerts and recitals!!!!!!!
Count di Luna, Prince Yeletsky, Rodrigo, Renato, Germot, Simon Boccanegra, Iago, Rigoletto and specially, Eugene Onegin, watching each, different, extraordinary performance by Dmitri Hvorostovsky is a huge privilege for all of us!
Everytime we watch and listen to Dima sing and perform… we will never forget it!!! It stays forever in our hearts
We all are so fortunate to live in this era, the era of Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
With his beautiful, rich, gorgeous voice and extraordinary handsome, stage presence and huge charisma and excellent acting talent, Dmitri Hvorostovsky already has a very special place in the history of Opera!
And all of us, we will never forget, when Dima returned to the Met, this year, at the 50th Anniversary gala with his unforgettable “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata and pieta signore”. The great audience from the Met, and all of us, who listened in the radio, will never forget that moment.
Our greatest Count di Luna, no one could sing “Il balen del suo sorriso” like the way Dima did, His Eugene Onegin, unfortgettable and now legendary…. his extraordinary Rodrigo in Don Carlo, extremely moving and beautiful, his Prince Yeletsky in “The Queen of Spades”, the greatest ever…. what else can I say? so many wonderful and unforgettable performances!!!!!
Dmitri came to international success after the now historical triumph in the 1989 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and after that historical triumph, the rest is history!!!
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is beloved in many countries around the world!!!!
Thank you Dima, for being who you are, for the many, joys and beautiful performances that you gave us, thank you for bringing us lots of joy and happiness to our lives with the beauty of your art and voice!!!!!
We all are very, very happy to celebrate today, the 55th Birthday of Dmitri Hvorostovsky!!!!!! Let’s all celebrate with joy!!!!!!!!

HAPPY 55TH BIRTHDAY DIMA!!!!!!!!!!    

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VIVA VERDI!!!!!!!!

VIVA VERDI!!!!!

Today, October 10, is a very special Birthday anniversary, because is the birthday anniversary of one of my personal heroes, of one of the giants of the history of Opera….. Giuseppe Verdi!!!!
On this day, back in the glorious year of 1813…Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born.
What would the world of Opera be without the glorious music, beautiful melodies, extraordinary arias of Giuseppe Verdi?
Everytime we have a storm, I always think of the famous “Terzetto e tempesta” from Rigoletto and the famous Storm Chorus from “Otello”.
Everytime we celebrate in a Birthday or in New Year…. we think of “Libiamo” from La Traviata and also of “Inaffia l’ugola!” from Otello and “Si colmi il calice” from Macbeth.
(Verdi indeed composed so many wonderful drinking songs! )
So many arias, duets… so many beautiful overtures. Our lives wouldn’t be the same without Verdi’s Operas. I have so many favorites to name!
“Bella Figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto and “Ah, sii maledetto, sospetto fatale” from Don Carlo, the most glorious quartets, “Di quale amor, di quanto ardor”, from Don Carlo and “parigi o cara” from La Traviata, the most beautiful duets, “La Donna e Mobile” the most famous aria for a tenor, “Sempre Libera” from La Traviata, one of the most difficult arias for a Soprano and also “D’amor sull’ali rosee..Miserere…Tu vedrai” from Il Trovatore and also “O Patria Mia” from Aida, the terzetto e tempesa from “Rigoletto” and the terzetto in the Queen’s garden in “Don Carlo”, Iago’s Credo, the most chilling aria ever, the two most fascinating arias for a Mezzo Soprano, “Nel giardin del bello” and “O Don fatale” from Don Carlo, the most extraordinary tenor-baritone duets, from Don Carlo “Dio, che nell’alma infondere” and from La Forza del Destino, “Invano Alvaro”, the final reconciliation between Simon Boccanegra and Fiesco, the most moving moment ever and also a lesson for humanity….
It is impossible not to cry when we listen to Desdemona’s final aria…the Willow Song, to Rigoletto’s final scream “Ah, La Maledizione” and Simon Boccanegra’s final moments!
Verdi also gave us the most beautiful aria ever for a Baritone “Il Balen del Suo Sorriso” and the most dramatic monologue for King Filippo “Ella giammai m’amò”.
Verdi moved us with so many arias, Macbeth’s “Pieta, Rispetto, Amore”, Rigoletto’s “cortigiani vil razza dannata”, “O tu Palermo” from I Vespri Siciliani and he also gave music to the most amazing characters… the assassin Sparafucile in “Rigoletto”, the conspirators with “ha, Ha, Ha,” in “Un Ballo in Maschera”, Don Ruy Gomez de Silva and Carlo V (interesting to have Carlo V in two Verdi Operas, “Ernani” and “Don Carlo” )
Only a genius like Verdi could chills us with one of the most terrifying moments ever… with the confrontation of Il Grand Inquisitor and King Filippo.
And of course, thanks to Verdi, we have a Triumphal March.
When we have a celebration, is is impossible to not to think of Verdi’s Triumphal march from Aida.
And no one could impact us with so many extraordinary choruses like Verdi did, just to mention a few…. the “Anvil Chorus”, the final moments of “Il Trovatore”, the final moments of “I Lombardi” and of course…,.. impossible to not to name the famous “Va, pensiero” from Nabucco which is known as the second “National Anthem” of Italy and made a huge impact in both the history of Opera and Italy.
So many characters, so many fascinating operas… Verdi gave music and voice to many fascinating characters, many of them from literature, from Shakespeare, Schiller, Victor Hugo…. Rigoletto, Sparafucile, King Filippo, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banco, Otello, Iago, Desdemona, King Riccardo/Gustavo, Renato, Violetta, Alfredo, Leonora, Count di Luna, Ferrando, Aida, Radames, Ramfis, Falstaff, Don Carlo, Rodrigo, Elisabeta, Princess Eboli, Il Grand inquisitore, Don Alvaro, Simon Boccanegra, Fiesco, Pagano, Miller, so many characters!
The characters from the Shakespearan dramas, the Victor Hugo and Schiller plays have now a “voice” and “music” thanks to the intense beauty of Verdi’s music.
I can not finish this post without mentioning the powerful “Requiem”, which is one of the greatest masterpieces of sacred music.
Verdi enriched our lives and Opera itself, wouldn’t be the same without Verdi’s operas!
Verdi, indeed changed the history of Opera in the golden age of Opera in the XIX century!
And also Verdi, as a human being, is also an inspiration, he did many extraordinary humanitarian works, one of them and the most important…. he created the House for retired musicians “Casa di Riposo per Musicisti” a house for retired opera singers and musicians
I think that we all are so grateful that Verdi didn’t quit composing after the early tragedies that he had in his life and that also that he was not accepted in the Conservatory of Milan. Verdi indeed, is an inspiration for all of us, both as a human being and as an artist.
Thank you, Giuseppe Verdi for your many, many wonderful extraordinary Operas and extraordinary music!
Tanti auguri di buon compleanno, Giuseppe Verdi!!!!!
Let’s all say today……………………………………
VIVA VERDI!!!!!!!!!

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