Thursday, December 29, 2011

Opera Boston will cease operations on January 1 because of deficit.

Opera Boston's board chair and president announced that the city's second-largest opera company intends to permanently cease operations on January 1, 2012.

In a press release the company declared that in the face of an “Insurmountable budget deficit” and insufficient fundraising amid a difficult economic climate, informed the staff on December 22 that the opera would cease to function. The board claims to have taken the responsible decision, being it to work with their creditors. The company hasn’t announced whether ticket holders to February and April performances will receive refunds.

This is a great loss to Boston arts community: the company was greatly known for its performances of modern operas and presentations of lesser-known works…

Monday, December 26, 2011

Juan Diego Flórez receives award in Barcelona

The night of December 15 during a ceremony in the Hall of Mirrors to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the publication “Opera Now”, the Peruvian tenor received the Award of the same name to the best opera singer.

The tenor said he felt very honored by this distinction; being this the first time a person from outside Spain obtains it.
Florez, however, has indicated that he has always felt very close to the country, "and not just by language", because since he was a kid two of his idols have been the late Alfredo Kraus and Plácido Domingo.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Alfredo Kraus

Alfredo Kraus Trujillo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, November 24, 1927 – Madrid, September 10, 1999) was probably one of the best tenors Spain and the world gave birth, being his characterization of Werther (from the homonymous opera of Jules Massenet ) the most acclaimed by the public.
Kraus began studying music at the tender age of 4 with piano lessons, and at eight entering the school choir. He debuted at the Real theatre of El Cairo in 1956, with the role of the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's operaRigoletto”, and the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's operaTosca”.
His fame grew by starring in 1959 the movie "Gayarre", which brings to life the famous navarre tenor.
Kraus was also a noted interpreter of various operetta hits like "La tabernera del puerto", "Doña Francisquita", "La revoltosa", and "El huésped del sevillano".
International criticism in general hails him as one of the finest lyric tenors of the world and a great exponent of bel canto. Those who disagree tend to label his projection as "nasal" and the natural sound of his instrument as "ugly."


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