Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Intermezzo with La Söderström (RIP)

A release Classicalify actually bought in London was this release of Strauss' "Intermezzo" with the unfogettable Elisabeth Söderström on the CHANDOS label. Recorded at Glyndebourne 1974. Classicalify bow it's head and thank Chandos for this. At £15.99 Classicalify gets even more happy!

New and hot on CD

Classicalify is always hot and horny for new releases on CD to expand the collection. When scanning HMV in London some days ago, we found some good new releases with some of our top singers and favourites on the opera circuit...
Note that birthday boy Placidone is still working hard at the age of 70 (Classicalify will attend "Il Postino" in Paris in June) !!!
Voice and looks make Classicalify nice and happy!
Here are the covers! You find them in your local store (if it still exsists) or downloadable on Spotify. is also a good choice.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Es gibt ein Renée

We hear that yankee diva Renée Fleming will debut her Ariadne in Baden-Baden under new best pal Christian Thielemann's watchful baton during the season 2011-2012. To twitter prettily beside La Fleming, canadian soprano Jane Archibald will fill out the shoes of Zerbinetta. No word yet of the Bacchus, but we guess it won't be in the Siegfried heldentenor mould. Jonas Kaufmann wouldn't be wrong, and would of course have Decca drooling all over the live Mitschnitt. No word yet on how to get tickets, but the whole thing being in Baden-Baden, you better start saving your cents right about now.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Happy Birthday Placido Domingo

Today is Placido Domingos 70th birthday and we at Classicalify would like to wish Mr Domingo the happiest of birthdays and many more to come. His birthday celebration will be in Madrid at Teatro Real tonight and of course plenty of singers will attend as well as many other artists in the world opera. It's impossible to describe what Mr Domingo has done for music besides singing. He is artistic director, conductor, teacher and much more. He is the first recipient of the Birgit Nilsson price in 2009 and Classicalify will never forget that wonderful evening at the Royal Opera house in Stockholm. He was moved to tears. According to a source the next award ceremony will be in Stockholm again. If you are in Madrid get yourself a ticket for the event.
Felicidades, Placido!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

First Listen: Joyce DiDonato, 'Diva, Divo'

After seeing Joyce in "Barbiere" at Covent Garden when she broke her leg and did the performance with a crutch (later in wheelchair) Classicalify is so happy for this new release!!!
Go to NPR and listen for yourself!

Who wears the pants in Joyce DiDonato's house? Well, that would be the American opera singer herself. Occasionally, she even wears them onstage.
That's because DiDonato is a mezzo-soprano, which means she sometimes sings what are called — in opera parlance — "trouser roles," in which a female singer plays a male character.
This playful gender-bending is the theme running through DiDonato's new album, Diva, Divo, which comes out Jan. 25. The album cover depicts it perfectly, with two DiDonatos standing side by side: one in a sleeveless dress, with flowing locks and strands of pearls; the other in a man's suit and tie, with hair slicked back.
In the past few years, DiDonato has become many an opera lover's favorite. And on this sparkling new album, it's easy to hear why. The voice is radiantly gorgeous up and down the registers; she also has a killer technique and a keen sense of drama in the music. Just listen to the sequence at 8:27 into "Se mai senti" from Gluck's Sesto, which culminates on a breathtaking, whisper-soft trill on the Italian word "more."

Read more and listen on NPR until Jan 25:

OPERA NEWS Awards 2011

The sixth annual OPERA NEWS awards will take place in New York on April 17 at the Plaza hotel.
Since 2005 the american music magazine has given out awards to artists in the world of classical music. Proceeds from this years gala will be given to the educational programs of the Metropolitan opera guild.
Placido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, Ben Heppner are some of the previous honorees.
This years honorees are of high quality: Jonas Kaufmann tenor, Riccardo Muti conductor, Patricia Racette soprano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and bass baritone Bryn Terfel.
The editors of OPERA NEWS which is now celebrating it's 75th anniversary have offered brief pre-publication accolades to the recipients. You can read them here:
From all of us at Classicalify our warmest congratulations to the recipients.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The official Video Blog of Anna Netrebko.

Russian soprano has her own youtube channel. Sign up for a youtube account and ask away.
Her user name is AskAnnaNetrebko.
If you want to find out more about Miss Netrebko go to her website .
She is a wonderful soprano and classicalify will never forget her performance in London last year in Werthers Manon. You can find the review in our archiv.


Friday, 7 January 2011

OHP named Best Opera Company 2010

One of Classicalify's favourite summer hot spots is Opera Holland Park in London. Summer 2010 Classicalify attended two performances, Verdi's "La Forza del destino" and Zandonai's rarely played "Francesca da Rimini". Classicalify was more than satisfied, as always in Holland Park. To see good opera productions in a wonderful park in London and to sip a glass of Pimm's during the intervals on a nice summer eavning is very much Classicalify! We therefore congratulate OHP being named Best Opera Company 2010 by The Sunday Times.
Here is the statement sent to Classicalify from OHP:
Opera Holland Park has been named Best Opera Company 2010 in the Sunday Times Review of the Year:
"Five hits out of six, with excellent stagings of Carmen and Don Giovanni, the most convincing La forza del destino here in decades, and a rare outing for Zandonai's potboiler Francesca da Rimini."
In the best opera productions of 2010, the Independent on Sunday said,
"Conductors Stuart Stratford and Brad Cohen conjured the thrill of La forza del destino and the sorrow of Pelléas et Mélisande in Holland Park."
If you are not yet a OHP fan, check out the productions for summer 2011, starting with Donizettis "Don Pasquale" conducted by Maestro Richard Bonynge. Summer 2011 OHP also give us: "L'amico Fritz" by Mascagni, Mozart's "Figaro", Puccini's "La Rondine", Verdi's "Rigoletto" and Catalani's "La Wally".
Of course Classicalify is more than thrilled to see the avalanche in "La Wally" !
Find out more on OHP website: