Wednesday, 28 July 2010

If you, like Classicalify, like to listen to and record opera from the internet, here is the page to look for:

You can see almost all that is broadcasted on different radiostations over the world, with links to streams and information on how to become a techie on Internet Opera Recording.

For the moment you can listen to performances live from Bayreuth and BBC Proms...

Good luck!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Pride Concert

Classicalify will be in Stockholm during the Pride Festival. When browsing the festival program, Classicalify found this, probably the only classical music during the festival (maybe gay people don't like classic music...):

Klassisk Pridekonsert
Arrangör: Operabögarna och Sofia Kyrka
Kom och njut av vacker musik och skönsång. Sångare och musiker ur hbtq-kretsen musicerar i Sofia Kyrka.
Medverkande sångare: Mattias Nilsson, Hélène Kimblad, Beatrice Orler, Mira Pyne och Susanna Sundberg.
Ensemble med 10 musiker.
Tider: fr 30 jul 20:00
Plats: Sofia Kyrka, Bondegatan 66, T-Slussen, Medborgarplatsen, Skanstull
Pris: 120kr
Åldersgräns: Ingen.
Tillgänglighet: Ingång med ramp på högra sidan av kyrkan.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Sir Charles Mackerras

Classicalify is sad, sad, sad... One of the GREAT conductors is no more...

Sir Charles Mackerras, who died on July 14 aged 84, was a conductor and musicologist, and introduced the passionate and heartfelt music of Leos Janácek, the Czech nationalist composer, to British audiences.

Read the full obituary in Telegraph here:

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sexy harpist and pregnant Damrau.

Classicalify was listening to coloratura soprano Diana Damrau's recital from Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele on german radio and got thrilled by this sexy harpist she is using as accompanist... Just listen to his name: Xavier de Maistre... Isn't that just too sexy?

Check out his page here:

By the way, Damrau is having her first child this fall. Who is the father? Xavier?

Sunday, 11 July 2010

La Traviata. Royal Opera house. London

The Royal opera house production of Giuseppe Verdis "La Traviata" markes the return of the Romanian Soprano Angela Gheorghiu in the part of Violetta. A role she has not performed since 1994 then conducted by Sir Georg Solti. This production is exactly as in 1994.
Set in the 1850's. The cast included: James Valenti as Alfredo Germont a tall very handsome tenor who needs to work on his acting and unfortunatly also the high notes.

Zeljko Lucic as Giorgo Germont. Baryton singer who had a very incisive and rounded reading of his part. Some great singers from the Jette Parker young artists programme
such as Changhan Lim as Marquis d'obigny and Kai Rüütel as Flora Bervoix.
The Royal Opera house orchestra and Choir conducted by Yves Abel was under safe hands with wonderful orchestration. Angela Gheorghiu certainly gave an amazing performance. She is a wonderful singer and shows that singing is technique.
She gave an execessively mannered and solipsistic interpretation of Violetta.
Gheorghiu showed that this is a part she likes.
This production was staged before in London last year starring Reené Fleming and also in 2005 starring Anna Netrebko.
If you would like to see Gheorghiu perform in London she will sing in Puccini's classic opera Tosca next year with among others Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Ticket sale starts today

Today Royal Opera House Covent Garden start the general ticket sale for their autumn season.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Nina Stemme makes her debut as Rusalka

Nina Stemme, maybe the best soprano around today, will make her debut as Dvorak's Rusalka at Bayerische Staatsoper in Münich in October. In 2012 she will also sing Rusalka in Göteborg, Sweden (Christoph Loy directing).

From München opera homepage:

Musikalische Leitung: Tomáš Hanus. Inszenierung: Martin Kušej. Bühne: Martin Zehetgruber. Kostüme: Heidi Hackl. Licht: Reinhard Traub

Tidskriften Opera

Today Classicalify recieved it's subscription copy (actually TWO copies!) of the Swedish magazine Tidskriften Opera... And once again, when looking through it, Classicalify gets bored... It doesn't feel updated, and the feeling of friends writing for friends and family is overwhelming. Maybe Classicalify is getting to old. As usual the magazine will stay unread for a while and then as a duty Classicalify will TRY to read some of it, it might be amsuing as toilet reading or on some travel in the near future.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

The King leaves his throne in Vienna

Ioan Holender, 75, now retires from Vienna State Opera after 19 years on the throne. The Gala Performance given late June at Staatsoper was an orgasmic créme de la crème 5-hour show... Some did not show up though, due to illness...

These came and celebrated the King:

Conductors: Zubin Metha, Franz Welser-Möst, Antonio Pappano, Bertrand de Billy, Fabio Luisi, Simone Young, Peter Schneider, Marco Armiliato, Thomas Lang, Placido Domingo, Michael Halasz, Guillermo Garcia-Calvo.

Singers: Siegfried Jerusalem, Placido Domingo, Nadia Krasteva, Keith Ikaia-Purdy, Boaz Daniel, Eliane Coelho, Michaela Selinger, Herwig Pecoraro, Marcus Pelz, Franz Grundheber, Michael Schade, Barbara Frittoli, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ramon Vargas, Boaz Daniel, Soile Isokoski, Thomas Quasthoff, Stefania Bonfadelli, Leo Nucci, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade, Thomas Moser, Ileana Tonca, Simina Ivan, Theodora Gheorghiu, Elisabeth Kulmann, Falk Struckmann, Johan Botha, Deborah Polaski, Adrianne Pieczonka, Roxana Constantinescu, Zoryana Kuspler, Michaela Selinger, Aura Twarowska, Saimir Pirgu, Diana Damrau, Peter Seiffert, Petra Maria, Violeta Urmana, Waltraud Meier, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Angela Denoke, Stephen Gould, Roxana Constantinescu, Piotr Beczala, Krassimira Stoyanova, Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Genia Kühmeier, Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Adrian Eröd, Elisabeth Kulmann, Boaz Daniel, Gergely Nemeti, Simon Keenlyside, Alfred Sramek, Michael Roider.

Jose Cura, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Elina Garanca were all forced to drop out due to illness.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Björling-stipendium till Degerfeldt

In Swedish morningpaper Svenska Dagbladet Calssicalify read that tenor Jonas Degerfeldt is this years Jussi Björling scholar. Congratulations to SEK 50.000 ! Degerfeldt will sing Werther in Stockholm later this year.

Årets Jussi Björling-stipendium tilldelas Jonas Degerfeldt, tenor på Kungliga Operan. Priset, på 50 000 kronor, överlämnades i samband med en konsert till Jussi Björlings minne på Ljusterö i Stockholms skärgård på onsdagen.
Jonas Degerfeldt debuterade på Operan 1992. I höst gör han bland annat titelrollen i Operans nypremiär av Massenets "Werther".
Picture: Degerfeldt with soprano Maria Fontosh in "Così fan tutte", Royal Opera Stockholm.