"Ladies and gentlemen from all over the world, welcome to this brand new forum destined to all those opera lovers. It is my intention to create a cultural space to remember the great composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, as well as all the stars that walked through the most famous stages around the world like Caruso, Gigli, di Stefano, Pavarotti... I also intend this forum to be a debating space where readers can state their opinions, ideas, advises, likes and dislikes.

Through the last years opera has been losing popularity at the expense of more modern music, and though the heyday of the latter is a social and cultural worldwide phenomenon, it would be of great value to retrieve the transcendental meaning of opera in the history of man.

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, may the world take its seat, let the curtain raise, come up to the stage with me and be the performers of this experience..."


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Metropolitan Opera' 2007 - 2008 season (first part)

Here's a brief review on the Met's new season for the ending of 2007 and 2008. Astonishing productions, great titles and excellent singers as only the Met can offer. Don't miss the oportunity to be part of the "Met Experience".

"Un Ballo in Maschera" - 2007 - Dec 17, 21, 24, 29 | 2008 - Jan 1, 5, 16, 19, 23
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi - Librettist: Antonio Somma
Approximate running time: 3hs. 20min.

Amelia: Michèle Crider / Angela M. Brown
Oscar: Ofelia Sala / Kathleen Kim
Ulrica: Stephanie Blythe
Riccardo: Salvatore Licitra
Renato: Dimitri Hvorostovsky
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

"Il Barbiere di Siviglia" - 2008 - Jan 12, 22, 26, 30 | Feb 2, 7, 14, 21, 25, 29
Composer: Gioacchino Rossini - Librettist: Cesare Sterbini

Approximate running time: 3hs. 10min.

Rosina: Elina Garanca
Il Conte d'Almaviva: Michael Shade / José Manuel Zapata
Figaro: Franco Vasallo

Dr. Bartolo: Bruno Praticò / Maurizio Muraro
Don Basilio: Peter Rose / Ruggero Raimondi
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin

"La Bohème" - 2008 - Mar 29 | Apr 1, 5, 9, 12, 15, 18
Composer: Giacomo Puccini - Librttist: Giusppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica
Approximate running time: 2hs. 55min.

Mimì: Angela Gheorghiu
Musetta: Ainhoa Arteta
Rodolfo: Ramón Vargas
Marcello: Ludovic Tézier
Schaunard: Quinn Kelsey / Jeff Mattsey
Colline: Oren Gradus
Benoit / Alcindoro: Paul Plishka
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

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