Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Metropolitan Opera release Birgit treasures...

Metropolitan Opera's collaboration with SONY has now come to the release of several historic Saturday matinee broadcasts, never released before. And for all of you Birgit lovers, there are now two must-have recordings. One "Fidelio" from 1960 with Jon Vickers and one 1968 "Die Walküre", also with Vickers.

Buy them on http://www.amazon.com/ or at Met Opera Shop, http://www.metoperashop.org/

You can also find a "Meistersinger" featuring Pilar Lorengar as Eva, a "Tosca" with Leontyne Price. Look out for more to come. Classicalify think this is maybe the best way to get HOT this summer! Good listening!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Jonas Kaufmann to sing in Stockholm

According to friends and gossip, Calssicalify can now confirm that hunk tenor Jonas Kaufmann will sing in Stockholm on September 2 at a Jussi Björling Gala at Royal Opera (tickets are on sale now). The homepage of Royal Opera Stockholm does not reveal the singers, but our sources are confirming. Also on stage will be Swedish Wagner tenor Michael Weinius. Here is the text for the concert, copied from Royal Opera homepage (also check the homepage for updates on singers):

Jussi Björling – 100 years
2 september 2011

The 2nd of February 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Jussi Björling’s birth, and our great tenor will no doubt be greatly honoured both in Sweden and abroad throughout the year. The Royal Opera in Stockholm will celebrate the memory of his birth with a jubilee concert on 2nd September. Together with the Royal Orchestra and the conductor Stefan Solyom our opera soloists will perform several of his most well-known songs and arias.

Jussi Björling was one of the twentieth century’s leading and most beloved singers. At nineteen years of age he sang his first major role, as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Juan, at the Royal Opera. Eight years later he was standing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera having already achieved great success at several of the largest opera institutions in Europe. In 1944 he was appointed Royal Court Singer. Jussi Björling was born in Borlänge in Dalecarlia and died on 9th September 1960 at his summer residence on the island of Siarö in the Stockholm archipelago after an outstanding and intense career.

Monday, 2 May 2011

More hot CD's

If you like Classicalify like good singers and good music, here are some more interesting new releases:

Nathalie Stutzmann goes Vivaldi! New CD - Prima Donna. A must!

Well, lets just say: "Ildebrando, sing for us, or do whatever you want with us"...

Joseph Calleja to visit Stockholm

From Joseph's Facebook site Classicalify can give you this good news, in form of the press release from the Nobel Prize media:

Outstanding Tenor Joseph Calleja to Perform at the 2011 Nobel Prize Concert
27 April 2011

One of the world's currently most sought-after young tenors, Joseph Calleja, is to be the soloist at this year's Nobel Prize Concert. Nobel Media AB, in association with the Stockholm Concert Hall, presents the Nobel Prize Concert – an event of world class stature. The concert will be held on 8 December as part of the official Nobel Week programme of activities.
Joseph Calleja was born on Malta in 1978, and started to take singing lessons as a 16-year old for fellow countryman and tenor Paul Asciak. After his debut in 1997, Calleja won the Caruso Competition in Milan in 1998 and was a prize-winner at Domingo’s Operalia in the following year. Joseph Calleja’s voice is often compared to that of Jussi Björling’s, and despite his youth, he has already sung 28 different opera roles at all the major opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic. He will now be singing at this year’s Nobel Prize Concert.
The programme comprises selected arias from French and Italian opera.
The Nobel Prize Concert is held to honour the year’s Nobel laureates, who attend with their respective parties. Also present are members of the Swedish Royal Family and guests of the Nobel Foundation.
Tickets are available to the public for SKr 790/1,490, including a printed programme and a glass of champagne in the intermission. Tickets will go on general release on 23 May.
This year’s Nobel Prize Concert will be broadcast live on SVT and will be distributed internationally and on the internet.

The Nobel Prize Concert is sponsored by DnB NOR.