Thursday, 21 February 2019

Montserrat Caballé eternel ... Eternal Caballé

María de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch OIC OAXS OMFRG LH OMIR (Catalan: [munsəˈrat kəβəˈʎe i ˈfoɫk]; 12 April 1933 – 6 October 2018) was a Spanish operatic soprano. (Wikipedia)

Eternal Caballe

A review from Grammophone. But I think this is a wonderful and perfect compilation of Montserrat Caballé's work.

Eternal Caballe (CD, Compilation) album cover
Caballe* ‎– Eternal Caballe
Label:
RCA ‎– PD 75260 (2) 9H, BMG España ‎– PD 75260 (2) 9H
Format:
2 × CD, Compilation
Country:
Spain
Released:
1991
Genre:
Classical, Stage & Screen


Tracklist Hide Credits
Vol. 1
1-1 Hijo De La Luna
Arranged By – Manel Santisteban
Orchestra – English Chamber Orchestra
Piano – J. A. Amargos*
Producer, Written-By, Arranged By, Conductor – José María Cano
Violone – Gavyn Wright
5:20
1-2 Ojos Verdes
Conductor, Arranged By – José Collado
Orchestra – English Chamber Orchestra
Written-By – Quiroga*, León*, Valverde*
4:56
1-3 Paraules D' Amor
Arranged By, Conductor, Piano – Ricardo Miralles*
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Joan Manuel Serrat
4:50
1-4 El Dia Que Naci Yo
Conductor, Arranged By – José Collado
Orchestra – English Chamber Orchestra
Written-By – Mostazo*, Quintero*, Guillén*
4:41
1-5 En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor
Conductor – José Collado
Guitar – Manuel Cubedo
Orchestra – English Chamber Orchestra
Written-By – A García Segura*, J. Rodrigo Vidre*
5:51
Lucrezia Borgia
1-6 Tranquilo Ei Poa... Com'e Bello
Conductor – Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Gaetano Donizetti
8:39
Le Cid
1-7 Pleurez, Pleurez Mes Yeux
Conductor – José Collado
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Jules Massenet
6:02
Carmen
1-8 Habanera
Chorus – Ambrosian Opera Chorus*
Chorus Master – John McCarthy
Conductor – José Collado
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Georges Bizet
4:17
Samson Et Dalila
1-9 Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix
Conductor – José Collado
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Camille Saint-Saens*
6:50
Gianni Schicchi
1-10 O Mio Babbino Caro
Conductor – José Collado
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Giacomo Puccini
2:34
Adriana Lecouvreur
1-11 Io Son L'umile Acella
Conductor – G. Masini*
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – Francesco Cilea
3:57
Rigoletto
1-12 Caro Nome
Conductor – G. Masini*
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – Giuseppe Verdi
6:21
I Vespri Siciliani
1-13 Mercé, Dilette Amiche
Conductor – G. Masini*
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – Giuseppe Verdi
3:20
Vol. 2
Norma
2-1 Casta Diva
Chorus – Ambrosian Opera Chorus*
Conductor – Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra – London Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Vincenzo Bellini
6:44
Anna Bolena
2-2 Plangete Voi?... Al Dolce Guidami
Conductor – Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – Gaetano Donizetti
10:00
Maria Stuarda
2-3 Escena Final
Chorus – Ambrosian Opera Chorus*
Conductor – Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Gaetano Donizetti
5:32
Roberto Devereux
2-4 E Sara In Questi Orribili Momenti... Vivi Ingrato A Lei D'accanto
Choir – Unknown Artist
Conductor – Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra – Unknown Artist
Written-By – Gaetano Donizetti
7:09
L'assedio Di Corinto
2-5 Giusto Cie! In Tal Periglio
Chorus, Orchestra – Orchestre Et Chœur De L'Opéra De La RCA Italiana*
Conductor – Carlo Felice Cillario
Written-By – Gioacchino Rossini
3:30
La Traviata
2-6 E Strano... Sempre Libera
Chorus, Orchestra – Orchestre Et Chœur De L'Opéra De La RCA Italiana*
Conductor – Georges Prêtre
Written-By – Giuseppe Verdi
10:58
Il Trovatore
2-7 D'amor Sull'ali Rosee
Conductor – G. Masini*
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – Giuseppe Verdi
5:30
Louise
2-8 Depuis Le Jour
Conductor – Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – Gustave Charpentier
5:58
La Cancion Del Olvido
2-9 Marinela
Conductor – Eugenio M. Marco*
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – F. Romero*, G. Fernandez Shaw*, J. Serrano*
2:17
El Niño Judio
2-10 De España Vengo
Conductor – Eugenio M. Marco*
Orchestra – Orchestre Symphinque De Barcelone*
Written-By – A. Paso*, G. Alvarez*, P. Luna*
6:39
The Phantom Of The Opera
2-11 Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
Conductor – Martin Yates (2)
Orchestra – The Philharmonia Orchestra*
Written-By – Andrew Lloyd Webber
3:30
Hijo De La Luna
2-12 Dis-Moi Lune D'argent
Adapted By – Diego Burgard
Orchestra – English Chamber Orchestra
Piano – J. A. Amargos*
Producer, Written-By, Conductor – José María Cano
Violone – Gavyn Wright
5:20
Companies, etc.
Pressed By – Ibermemory, S.A.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – BMG Music
Distributed By – BMG Music
Copyright (c) – BMG Music
Copyright (c) – Ba-Ba Blaxi Music
Copyright (c) – Seem, S.A.
Copyright (c) – Southern Music Española, S.A.
Copyright (c) – Auditorio Joaquín Rodrigo de las Rozas
Copyright (c) – G. Ricordi & Co.
Copyright (c) – Éditions Durand
Copyright (c) – United Music Publishers Ltd.
Copyright (c) – The Really Useful Group Ltd.
Engineered At – Estudios Eurosonic
Engineered At – Abbey Road Studios
Engineered At – All Saints Church Petersham
Engineered At – Surrey Sound Studios
Printed By – Indugraf Madrid, S.A.
Credits
Engineer – John Kurlander, Luis Fernandez Soria*, Luis Villena, Tryggvy Tryggvason*
Executive-Producer – Jordi Mateu
Other [Maquilleur] – Carlos Suarez
Photography By – Michael Wray
Producer – David Harvey (tracks: 1-2 to 2-11), Marian Freeman
Soprano Vocals – Montserrat Caballé
Notes
℗© 1991 BMG Ariola S.A.









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December 5, 2018: Simon Boccanegra in London

2018-12-05 Simon Boccanegra (Verdi), Royal Opera House (London)

Simon Boccanegra = Carlos Álvarez
Maria Boccanegra (Amelia) = Hrachuhi Bassenz
Jacopo Fiesco = Ferruccio Furlanetto
Gabriele Adorno = Francesco Meli
Paolo Albiani = Mark Rucker
Pietro = Simon Shimbambu


Henrik Nánási, conductor
Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra

Director - Elijah Moshinsky
Set designer - Michael Yeargan
Costume designer - Peter J. Hall
Lighting designer - John Harrison
Fight director - Philip d'Orléans

A wonderful production with great singers. Ferrucio Furlanetto in a blond wig as Jacopo Fiesco. Carlos Alvarez as Simon Boccanegra. Francesco Meli as Gabriele Adorno. Mark Rucker as Paolo. Great singers with great acting skills. Hrachuhi Bassenz was a bit disappointing in her aria, but was great in duets and ensembles. Simon Shimbambu was Pietro and I am sure he was great.

A great Night at the Opera.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Macbeth in Firenze 2018-07-13

2018-07-13 Macbeth (Verdi), Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Firenze)

Macbeth = Luca Salsi
Lady Macbeth = Vittoria Yeo
Macduff = Francesco Meli
Banco = Riccardo Zanellato
Malcolm = Riccardo Rados
Dama di Lady Macbeth = Antonella Carpenito
Medico = Adriano Gramigni
Un Sicario = Giovanni Mazzei

Riccardo Muti, conductor
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Opera in concert with Riccardo Muti conducting. 

Giuseppe Verdi is a genious but he has some weakness. The witches are not scary because the music are not scary and this time when it is just an Opera in concert version especially with Muti conducting it is just beautiful Verdi singing.

Riccardo Muti Is a genious but he is all about the correctnes of music and with Macbeth that does not work. So there was beautiful music with beautiful singing but I was bored. If had not known the story I would would not get that it was was not working because there should have been som drama. No drama. Beautiful singing from everybody except when the children was singing. 

I realized one thing and that was that Macbeth needs a chorus that does more than just sing beautifully but with Muti we cannot have that because he just want the music and singing to be precise. 

In the middle of the opera when only the orchestra was playing I was so bored that I just wanted to go back to my hotel. Beautiful music and utterly boring. 

The concert version of Macbeth was a 50 years celebration of the debut of Riccardo Muti in Firenze.

Norma in Frankfurt 2018-06-23

2018-06-23 Norma (Bellini), Oper Frankfurt

Norma = Elza van den Heever
Pollione = Stefano La Colla
Adalgisa = Gaëlle Arquez
Oroveso = Robert Pomakov
Clotilde = Alison King *
Flavio = Ingyu Hwang

Antonino Fogliani, conductor
Oper Fankfurt's Chorus
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

Director - Christof Loy
Set Designer - Raimund Orfeo Voigt
Costume Designer - Ursula Renzenbrink
Lighting Designer - Olaf Winter
Chorus Master - Tilman Michael
Dramaturge - Konrad Kuhn

* Member of the Opera Studio


Frankfurt was a disappointment after Marseille. It was colder and the production was annoying.

Elza van den Heever was an amazing Norma, Gaelle Arquez also as Adalgisa, and so was Stefano La Colla as Pollione.
An amazing Norma except that the production was an distraction. Personregie was phenomenal, but the change of time, place and even how Norma and Pollione met (in the overture) made it hard to enjoy. The singing and acting would have made it the greatest Norma I have seen live and recorded but the scenography etc was annoying. 

Elza van de Heever has everything in her voice and she can sing and jump on a table. Gaelle Arguez has a dark mezzo voice and it has great volume. Stefano La Colla was a full-voiced Pollione, a beautiful and mature tenor voice.

The director Christof Loy loves Norma and bel canto but he decided to make this about 2WW love between German officer and Netherlands partisans. The story he wanted to tell did not fit the libretto of Norma.

In Oslo I saw the best Norma and it seemed in the beginning that Frankfurt would use the same production. But some disagreement made the hastily get Christof Loy. DISAPPOINTMENT!!

Ernani in Marseille 2018-06-16

2018-06-16 Ernani (Verdi), Opéra de Marseille (Marseille)

Elvira = Hui HE
Giovanna = Anne-Marguerite WERSTER
Ernani  = Francesco MELI
Don Carlo = Ludovic TÉZIER
Don Ruy Gomez de Silva  = Alexander VINOGRADOV
Don Riccardo = Christophe BERRY
Jago = Antoine GARCIN

Lawrence Foster, conductor
Orchestre et Chœur de l’Opéra de Marseille

Mise en scène - Jean-Louis GRINDA
Décors - Isabelle PARTIOT
Costumes - Teresa ACONE
Lumières - Laurent CASTAINGT

PRODUCTION Opéra de Monte-Carlo / Opéra Royal de Wallonie


I loved Marseille. It was hot, 27 - 30 degrees Celsius. I also loved Ernani in this production. Hui He was wonderful as Elvira. It is a demanding role and despite Marseille being her first time as Elvira she was really good and will be absolutely amazing with time. 

Francisco Meli was amazing as Ernani. Ludovic Tezier was also great as Don Carlo, King of Spain.

Alexander Vingradov was also great as Don Ruy Gomez de Silva.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Roberto Devereux in Parma and Easter Holiday 2018




I was just thinking that it would be like another travel. I thought I was well. Summer time changed my plans but I thought it was a little thing. But it changed everything. I did not have enough time to eat properly before I took the bus to Gardermoen. Since the night bus would make me too late for the plane I had to go via Oslo Bussterminal and then the airport train. Saturday is over.

Palm Sunday and Summer time. My watch and I are on Wintertime.  The plane leaves at 6am, for me that’s 5. Little time too sleep and very little food do I have in me. Of course, I am on time for the plane to Malpensa airport Milan. Then it is too trains to Parma. I ate just one Foccaccia that day. Still I thought I was well. I changed my hotel after walking all the way to that hotel and then changed it to NH Parma close to the train station. Just being practical after all I will travel by train back to Malpensa tomorrow.

Going to the Opera after walking too much, no food, little drink. Roberto Devereux by Donizetti is boring compared to Anna Bolena and Lucrezia Borgia. I was ill. Pain and stomach noise. I survived and left while they were still applauding and cheering. Walking back to my hotel according to Google maps I never stopped walking until I taking the train to Milan.

2018-03-25 Roberto Devereux (Donizetti), Teatro Regio Parma

Elisabetta = Mariella Devia
Sara = Sonia Ganassi
Roberto Devereux = Stefan Pop
Il Duca Di Nottingham = Sergio Vitale
Lord Cecil = Matteo Mezzaro
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh = Ugo Guagliardo
  
Sebastiano Rolli, conductor
ORCHESTRA DELL’OPERA ITALIANA
CORO DEL TEATRO REGIO DI PARMA

Director - Alfonso Antoniozzi
Sets - Monica Manganelli
Costumes - Gianluca Falaschi
Lighting - Luciano Novelli
Chorus master - Martino Faggiani 
   
Production from Teatro Carlo Felice,Genova; Teatro La Fenice di Venezia

Night to Monday was being ill and trying not to vomit until the night was nothing other than bed to wc again again and vomiting all the time. Somehow I was able to take the trains and arrive at Malpensa and then the direct plane to OSLO Gardermoen. On the plane I became the sick person on the plane. They took well care of me. Easter has been canceled for me. 

This has been written on a hospital bed and after Easter I hope to come home.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Norma in Oslo 2018-02-28

2018-02-23 Norma (Bellini), Den Norske Opera & Ballett (Oslo)

Norma = Hrachuhi Bassenz
Adalgisa = Dshamilja Kaiser
Clotilde = Tone Kummervold
Pollione = Arnold Rutkowski
Flavio = Thor Inge Falch
Oroveso = Anders Lorentzson

Antonino Fogliani, conductor
Den Norske Opera & Ballett
Chorus & Orchestra

Regie - Sigrid Strøm Reibo
Scenography = Katrin Nottrodt
Costumes = Esther Bialas
MOVING IMAGES / VIDEO DESIGNER
Claudia Lehmann / Konrad Hempel, realized by IXA (Institut for experimental affairs)
Choreography - Oleg Glusjkov

It was still winter in Norway and a birthday gift was about to be received. How would it be and who would be with me to the opera house in Oslo to see Bellini's opera NORMA.

Lucky to be over my pneumonia I came to Oslo and I stayed in a small apartment that my cousin found for me. It was OK. Cheaper than a hotel but very, very basic. But the main thing was that I was rested for my evening night out.

So we met 3 first cousins and one of use had her husband with her so everything was perfect.

I was the opera aficionado and the other 3 was the opera novices. So I told them about the opera. Then the opera started.

ACT 1:
For me everything started just wonderfully. For them it was a slow start and they were right. Norma starts slow. But in other to fall into this bel canto world is that not the perfect way? We were just slowly soaked into the world of Norma. It was a revolving stage and it was simple: boxes that contains, hides, opens.

Oroviso, the druid appears and then the chorus came from the audience room to the stage. Oroviso was in costume as the Grand Druid, but the chorus came in their ordinary cloths. The voice of Oroviso changed all those ordinary everyday today's people into members of the druid religion. Ordinary cloths were changed into costumes belonging to the opera Norma. We were inside the opera.

Norma is comin... No it is Pollione and Flavio. Pollione who is not well and has asked us be merciful. No mercy is needed, this Pollione is on fire and he is strong and melodic, young too. I love another tenor!

Norma is coming. Norma! Who and what will we see? I know this opera so I am also looking for Adalgisa. Adalgisa is there but she is just another apprentice of Norma in the ceremony. Sediozi voci - Casta diva - Bello ... Wonderful singing.

Adalgisa. Finally alone she is on stage and finally we see Adalgisa. What a voice she has, beautiful and so big, powerful.

Pollione is upon Adalgisa. He loves her but does not care for her difficult situation. Leaving her gods and fatherland. She has given a sacred oath to be faithful to her gods and serve only them. She is devoted but now a man is between her and her duty. Devoted to fatherland, druidism and Norma, the chief-priestess and her best friend. Now she is in love and the man she loves is the enemy!!

Finally we are in Norma's private room. This is when the opera gets dramatic while it still the most amazing belcanto music and singing. Norma is conflicted. She is a Druid high priestess but she loves Pollione, the father of her children and he is the enemy. Fatherland/religion and a love that is against her religious vows and also goes straight against her love of the fatherland. She has betrayed both. Yet, she is still devoted. So her love for her children becomes tainted. She loves her sons because they are her sons and Pollione's. It is a love that she has to hide. The most violent conflict is all about love and duty. A choice she dreads. She wants Pollione to take her and her children to Rome as he has been called back to Rome from Sigambria.

Adalgisa arrives. Her conflict is to go with Pollione to Rome thereby leaving Sigambria and her sacred vows. Norma loves Adalgisa. Norma gives Adalgisa want she would have wanted her self, a release from the vows and freedom to seek love even if that means leaving the fatherland. One of the most beautiful belcanto duets comes. Oh, rimembrenza! Norma remembers her first love with Pollione while Adalgisa tells of the more recent love meeting with the same Pollione.

Pollione enters just as Adalgisa is telling who the man is. A furioso trio starts. It is the most divine belcanto and it is the most dramatic musical moment. Norma loves and hates Pollione and she loves and hates Adalgisa. She goes from defending Adalgisa to wishing her dead. Pollione is not conflicted. Adalgisa cannot and will not go with Pollione. He has betrayed Norma and he even has two sons with the woman that Adalgisa loves as a mother.

ACT 2:

Norma is contemplation murdering her children. Their crime is to have Pollione as their. Norma loves her children so sometimes the reason to murder is so that they will not end up as Roman slaves. Norma wants to punish Pollione so that is a reason to murder them. In the end she cannot kill them. "They are my children!!"

Adalgisa comes in. She has been called by Norma. Adalgisa is willing to do all what Norma says. Except she will not go back to Pollione. That love has ended. Adalgisa's loyalty is only to Norma now. Norma pleads with Adalgisa to save her children, to protect and love her children when she goes to Rome with Pollione. In the famous duet "Mira, o Norma" Adalgisa gives a counter offer: the children will be with Norma and she will go to Pollione and persuade him to be faithful to Norma. Norma wants so much to believe this is possible and Adalgisa is too young to know that life does not happen like that.

The warriors of Gaul wish to go to war already with the Romans. Oroviso is very sad but he has to ask them to be faithful to the religion and what Norma (high priestess) says.

As Norma fondly is thinking about Pollione coming back to her and all happiness will come back Clothilde tells Adalgisa has not been successful. Now Norma hates Adalgisa, too. From best friends for ever to hate, that is Norma. Now Norma is ready to kill all Romans so she calls out. Gaul is now ready to go to war!

Pollione is back. He is madly searching for Adalgisa. He is caught. Finally Pollione is in her hands. She demands the prisoner and the right to secretly interrogate him. Because she is Norma she gets her will.

"In mia man alfin tu sei!" Norma and Pollione. Death threats against Pollione and then Adalgisa. At the same time Norma wants him back. In order for the war to successfully a victim must be found. Who will die? Pollione wants to die to save Adalgisa.

After this duet of passions and pleas all of Gaul is coming back to hear Norma's decision. An unfaithful priestess will die. Pollione is desperate. Norma cannot name Adalgisa, the young woman who has just started the same path Norma already had thread. Norma names herself as the priestess that has been unfaithful to her religion and orders the pyre to be lit.

Pollione suddenly understands what a wonderful woman he is losing in Norma (typical opera thing). So he is willing to die with Norma. Then Norma starts thinking about her innocent children. Oh my God, the children!!

Oroviso is the father of Norma. He is horrified that Norma is guilty. Norma pleads with her father to take care of her children. In the end Oroviso is in tears and accepts. Norma and Pollione go to the flaming pyre, to their death.

THE END.

Bravi, tutti!
We all loved Act II the most for its drama.

But did it have to end this badly. The two lovers dies united as in the typical end of opera. Norma and Adalgisa could have raised the two children together in secret. Afterall Norma is not just about epic love. There is Epic Friendship. The two women should have forgotten Pollione, the useless man, and lived happily ever after. But no, Norma had to go bananas in true operatic fashion. BEL CANTO!!

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