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Vice President for Development, Grand Rapids Symphony

Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Development, available in the first quarter of 2021. The Organizationhttps://www.grsymphony.org Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony (GRS) is a highly acclaimed orchestra that presents more than 400 performances annually, reaching a diverse audience of more than 200,000 concertgoers from 14 West Michigan counties. Nearly half of those who attend are st...
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As Coronavirus Stalks Its Ranks, Bolshoi Theater Sings And Dances On

“Plans were announced over summer for something approaching a full season of opera and ballet across its three stages, and on 6 September, the theatre started the season with an all-star cast performing Verdi’s Don Carlo” — which was canceled after two performances because two of those stars contracted COVID. “‘Said the Bolshoi’s general director, Vladimir Urin, ‘Unfortunately, in the current situation, it can become part of our everyday lives that at short notice we can no longer put things on...
Tags: Art, Issues, Verdi, Vladimir Urin, Don Carlo, 09.23.20, COVID Said


As COVID Stalks Its Ranks, Bolshoi Theater Sings And Dances On

“Plans were announced over summer for something approaching a full season of opera and ballet across its three stages, and on 6 September, the theatre started the season with an all-star cast performing Verdi’s Don Carlo” — which was canceled after two performances because two of those stars contracted COVID. “‘Said the Bolshoi’s general director, Vladimir Urin, ‘Unfortunately, in the current situation, it can become part of our everyday lives that at short notice we can no longer put things on...
Tags: Art, Issues, Verdi, Vladimir Urin, Don Carlo, 09.23.20, COVID Said


Madrid's Teatro Real cancels opera after social distancing protests – video

Audience members clapped and shouted in protest over a lack of social distancing measures in Madrid on Sunday night causing an opera to be pulled at the last minute.A performance of Verdi’s A Masked Ball at the Teatro Real was abandoned after two failed attempts to begin. The decision was made to bring down the curtain at about 9.10pm.One member of the audience said there were rows of more than a dozen people without any gaps between them. In a statement, theatre management said the house had be...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Spain, Madrid, Verdi, Teatro Real, Coronavirus outbreak


Anna Netrebko Hospitalized With COVID

The soprano was admitted to a Moscow hospital with pneumonia on Sept. 12, just days after she sang in two performances of Verdi’s Don Carlo, the Bolshoi’s first production since the pandemic shutdown. A third performance, scheduled for Sept. 10, was cancelled after another cast member, bass Ildar Abdrazakov, fell ill and tested positive for the coronavirus. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Moscow, Verdi, Anna Netrebko, Don Carlo, Ildar Abdrazakov, 09.17.20


Gabriella Tucci, Italian Soprano Who Sang 20 Roles At The Met, 90

Tucci began her career in Italy in the 1950s and went on to international acclaim, including in the 1960s at the Metropolitan Opera. “An unaffected and subtly compelling actress, she was best known for her interpretations of the spinto repertory, like her rendition of the title role of Verdi’s Aida, which demanded both lyric soprano lightness and the vocal heft to lift soaring phrases over an orchestra.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Italy, Verdi, Tucci, 07.17.20, Gabriella Tucci


La Scala Reopens For First Time Since COVID Lockdown

For now, it’s a small-scale relaunch: only 600 audience members in a roughly 2,000-seat house (so social distancing can be maintained) and chamber music rather than full-fledged opera. There will be a total of four programs in July before the traditional summer break; in September, the company will perform Verdi’s Requiem in Milan’s Duomo and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the theater. – France 24
Tags: Art, Music, Milan, France, Beethoven, Verdi, 07.07.20


How Verdi Evolved To The Next Form Of Opera

“At the Paris Opéra, there were many colleagues to deal with and only the institution’s most successful composers had enough clout to impose their will on a piece. It makes sense that Verdi’s triumph came at the end, when he was no longer just a successful foreigner, but a living legend and someone who had a work history with the company. For Don Carlos, he was the ultimate authority, like a modern movie auteur.” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, Verdi, Don Carlos, Paris Opera, 05.28.20


John Macurdy, American Bass Who Sang More Than 1000 Performances At The Met, Has Died At 91

Macurdy’s rich voice and stage presence won him accolades over his 38-year career at the Met. “Though he achieved success in key roles like Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal, King Marke in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Mr. Macurdy proved essential to the house for his standout performances of supporting roles, including the Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which he sang 75 times at the Met; Daland in Wagner’s Der Fliegender Holländer; the King of Egypt...
Tags: Art, People, Egypt, Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Don Giovanni, Marke, Sarastro, Gurnemanz, Daland, John Macurdy, 05.23.20, Macurdy


Italy’s First Post-Lockdown Opera Performances Will Be At A Roman Horse Track

In July, the Rome Opera will stage Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducted by Daniele Gatti, in the Piazza di Siena, a venue on the grounds of the Villa Borghese normally used for equestrian events. Audience numbers will be capped at 1,000 (in a facility that normally holds several times that number), with all social distancing regulations followed. – Wanted in Rome
Tags: Art, Music, Italy, Siena, Piazza, Verdi, Daniele Gatti, Rome Opera, 05.12.20


The Metropolitan Opera to Stream LA TRAVIATA and More in Week 6 of of Nightly Met Opera Streams

The Met has announced the Week 6 schedule for its Nightly Met Opera Streams, a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure. Each opera streamed on Fridays will be chosen by viewers the second Viewers' Choice title to be screened is Verdi's La Traviata, starring Natalie Dessay. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Verdi, La Traviata, Natalie Dessay, BWW News Desk, Metropolitan Opera to Stream LA TRAVIATA


AIDA, ROMEO ET JULIETTE & More Announced in The Met's Week 4 Schedule of Nightly Met Opera Streams

The Met has announced the Week 4 schedule for its Nightly Met Opera Streams, a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure. The week begins with Verdi's Aida, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Verdi, Anna Netrebko, BWW News Desk, Nightly Met Opera Streams


She was just a Miller’s daughter: ENO revives a middle-period Verdi

The English National Opera is having a tough old time, but the company is still capable of both daring and successful ventures, such as the new Luisa Miller, a Verdi rarity last staged in London in 1858. – Paul Levy
Tags: Art, London, Verdi, Miller, Ajblogs, Eno, Luisa Miller, 02.22.20


A Conductor Stops The Opera Twice When Audience Cellphones Ring

Carlo Rozzi, conducting the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff on February 22, stopped Verdi’s Les Vêpres Sicilienes twice – and he wasn’t afraid to go directly to the audience about why. Said a member of the audience, “He got a warm round of applause after he stopped and ticked off the audience member. Both incidents were right at the beginning of the show and all was well after that.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, Cardiff, Welsh National Opera, Verdi, Said, 02.23.20, Carlo Rozzi


Vienna State Opera To Stream Placido Domingo Performance of MACBETH Amid Harassment Allegations

The Vienna State Opera will stream Placido Domingo in Verdi's MACBETH on November 1st, 2019 - amid allegations that the opera star has for years harassed people he has worked with - as previously reported by BroadwayWorld and first reported by the Associated Press. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Vienna, Associated Press, Placido Domingo, Verdi, BroadwayWorld, BWW News Desk, Vienna State Opera


Abridge Too Far — Is It Ever Okay To Perform An Opera Cut Down By Half Or More?

Taking as a jumping-off point an 80-minute Idomeneo in Pittsburgh last month, Jeremy Reynolds and several opera professionals discuss whether and when cutting an opera to half its length or less is a good way to serve 21st-century audiences. (“Never in Verdi, of course, no one’s that barbaric.”) – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, Audience, Pittsburgh, Verdi, Jeremy Reynolds, 02.12.19


At 60, Can Aprile Millo Make A Comeback To Opera Stardom?

In the 1980s and ’90s, she was one of the Metropolitan Opera’s reigning sopranos, considered a latter-day exemplar of Golden-Age Verdi singing. “Then, at what should have been the height of her career, things petered out, … [and] over the past decade, she has barely sung in public at all.” But now she’s aiming to return to the Met stage. “It’s not about voice; the voice has been functioning,” she says. “But when you go through a lack of confidence, you’re not going to want to be anywhere.” — Th...
Tags: Art, Music, Verdi, 01.29.19


A Professional Mercenary Explains Why ‘The More Horrors I Witness, The Deeper I Cling To Opera’

Sean McFate: “For a man in my profession, there’s much to love. Like war, things usually go horribly wrong in opera. For instance, take Verdi’s La forza del destino.” But it’s more than that: “Opera is my lodestone in the darkness. Its beauty offsets war’s ugliness, and without such balance, we slip into numbness and eventual insanity, robbed of our humanity.” — Quartz
Tags: Art, Music, Verdi, Sean McFate, 01.22.19


How Verdi Took Care Of His Friends: A Retirement Home For Opera Singers

Using his own fortune, Verdi built the retirement home for opera singers and musicians, a neo-Gothic structure that opened in 1899. The composer died less than two years later, but he made sure the profits from his music copyrights kept the home running until the early 1960s, when they expired. Today guests pay a portion of their monthly pension to cover basic costs – food and lodging — while the rest comes from donations. – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Verdi, 01.09.19, Verdi Took


In Defense Of Opera In English Translation

Mark Wigglesworth, former music director of English National Opera, makes the case: “If opera is drama first and foremost, why is the question of the language it’s sung in so hotly debated? Shouldn’t the same rules as drama apply? I don’t hear complaints about Ibsen or Chekhov being compromised by translations. … Both Verdi and Wagner were energetically supportive of translations. If we could ask them about surtitles, I suspect they wouldn’t understand the question.” — Bachtrack
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Verdi, Wagner, Chekhov, Ibsen, English National Opera, Mark Wigglesworth, 01.09.19


The Young Mezzo Taking The Opera World By Storm

Anita Rachvelishvili, 34, has impressed conductors, directors, and the opera world in general. Riccardo Muti: “Rachvelishvili was for me a revelation. … She is without doubt the best Verdi mezzo-soprano today on the planet. Without. Doubt.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Verdi, Riccardo Muti, Anita Rachvelishvili, 12.28.18, Rachvelishvili


Who Gets To Claim Verdi?

What happened to Verdi? He used to be on Italian money (back when the lira existed), and now there’s a festival – but there’s also a huge argument between dozens of Verdi fans. Which political party and movement can claim the composer? – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Verdi, 12.15.18


Stunts under precarious circumstances – Glass’s ‘Satyagraha’, imported from Sweden

Philip Glass used to say he never composed opera per se, but ended up rubbing shoulders with Verdi and Wagner because opera houses had the needed theatrical apparatus. After 37 years of making the opera-house rounds, Satyagraha, is no easier to define.
Tags: Art, Sweden, Verdi, Philip Glass, Ajblogs, Wagner, 11.06.18


Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.19.18

Two-Phase Engagement Community engagement practitioners are frequently asked to justify their work using traditional arts marketing/development metrics: ticket sales and donations. Don't get ahead of me. This is not a touchy-feely objection to practical outcomes. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-06-19 The Crossing's Month of Moderns : A masterwork is born The great but tragic American poet Hart Crane (1899-1932) can't help but exert a magnetic attraction to composers with hi...
Tags: Art, America, Shakespeare, Verdi, Neh, Ajblogs, El Paso, Don, Puccini, Hart Crane, Kurt Weill, Falstaff, Tornillo, 06.19.18, Turandot Verdi


Inside Milan's Retirement Home For Old Musicians

Casa Verdi is "a sumptuous neo-Gothic mansion built in central Milan by Verdi. Completed in 1899, the building was created as a sanctuary for musicians who found themselves poverty-stricken in old age, “Old singers not favored by fortune, or who, when they were young, did not possess the virtue of saving,” as Verdi wrote in […]
Tags: Art, Milan, People, Verdi, 04.11.18, Casa Verdi, Verdi Completed


Lost Verdi Opera Found In Berlin Basement

Verdi set the opera, entitled Die Macht des Schicksas, to a German-language libretto by Bläuel Wittling, a poet who ran a women-only writers commune on the banks of the Spree river north of Berlin. Verdi seems to have composed this music around 1882, making it an important missing link is his late career: He wrote Aïda (1871) and […]
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Verdi, 03.31.18, Bläuel Wittling, Berlin Verdi


Met And Bolshoi To Co-Produce Three New Anna Netrebko Vehicles

The three productions - Verdi's Aida, Strauss's Salome and Wagner's Lohengrin - are the first joint ventures for the two companies. No dates or directors have been announced yet, though Bolshoi general director Vladimir Urin made a point of saying that the project has President Putin's approval.
Tags: Art, Music, Putin, Verdi, Wagner, Vladimir Urin, 10.09.17, Aida Strauss


Top Posts From AJBlogs 10.04.17

BlogBack: Timothy Cahill, Regional Art Writer, on Berkshire Museum’s Decline (& how it should regroup) Timothy Cahill, a veteran journalist and critic focused on the Berkshire art scene, responds to CultureGrrl Video: My Opinionated Tour of the Embattled Berkshire Museum: I watched the video of the your visit to the ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-10-04 Leaves Fall, Dancers Rise New York City Ballet presents its annual Fall Gala at Lincoln Center. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat...
Tags: Art, Lincoln Center, Berkshire, Verdi, Ajblogs, New York City Ballet, Berkshire Museum, Phelim McDermott, 10.04.17, Timothy Cahill


Top Street Artist Designs The Egyptian Palaces Of 'Aida'

Anne Midgette meets Retna (aka Marquis Lewis), who created the sets for Washington National Opera's new staging of the Verdi evergreen (co-produced with San Francisco Opera).
Tags: Art, Music, Verdi, Anne Midgette, Washington National Opera, 09.01.17, Retna, Marquis Lewis


Robot To Conduct Italian Orchestra And Bocelli In Concert

A Swiss humanoid robot is to conduct a Tuscan orchestra in the works of Verdi alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The robot, called YuMi, will be the closest a humanoid has come to mastering the nuances of a human orchestra director when he performs.
Tags: Art, Music, Verdi, Andrea Bocelli, Bocelli, 08.16.17



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