Bizet's Carmen from La Fenice

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bizet's 'Carmen' from La Fenice. Bizet's Carmen from La Fenice. (Michael Crosera)

George Bizet's masterpiece Carmen, may have a greater selection of hummable tunes than any other opera, and also the purest, most smoldering brand of passion.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Carmen from one of the world's premiere operatic "destinations," La Fenice in Venice, with mezzo-soprano Beatrice Uria Monzon in the title role and tenor Stefano Secco as Don José.

Cast:

Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber

Carmen: Beatrice Uria Monzon (mezzo-soprano)

Don José: Stefano Secco (tenor)

Micaela: Ekaterina Bukanova (soprano)

Escamillo: Alexander Vinogradov (bass)

Frasquita: Sonia Ciani (soprano)

Mercedes: Chiara Fracasso (mezzo-soprano)

Le Dancaire: Francis Dudziak (baritone)

La Remendado: Rodolphe Briand (tenor)

La Fenice Orchestra and Chorus

Piccoli Cantori Venezia

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Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CARMEN is one opera that many have seen in performance or heard on radio, records or TV. GREAT MASTERPIECES live on. LA FENICE, Venezia's opera house, like a phoenix arisen from a major fire years ago, does well with opera even though its world premiere of LA TRAVIATA failed. The soprano was FAT ! "Weigh" that consideration in casting roles like Mimi and Violetta [pun!] HAPPY HANNUKAH, MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NERW YEAR !!! HANDEL'S ORATORIOS ARE THE MOST REVERED OF HIS COMPOSITIONS. ONE THAT IS NOT AS OFTEN PERFORMED AS IT DESERVES TO BE IS HIS "JUDAS MACCABAEUS." ITS "SOUND AN ALARM"' IS STIRRING. IT'S MY CLOSING SELECTION ON MY SOLO DEBUT IN THE ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM OF CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT "{LIVE" ON MY VALHALLA RECORDS CD AND MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM MY THREE WEBSITES. My cousin MICHAEL BLANKFORT wrote both the books and screenplays for the 1953 film THE JUGGLER Hollywood film made in Israel starring KIRK DOUGLAS and the 1950 Hollywood film BROKEN ARROW starring JAMES STEWART and JEFF CHANDLER [Cochise]. The music for THE JUGGLER was composed by opera composer GEORGE ANTHEIL, in whose opera VOLPONE I sang the tenor leading role [Mosca] in its professional world premiere in NEW YORK in 1953. ANTHEIL, famous for his opera TRANSATLANTIC and BALLET MECHANIQUE looked exactly like Peter Lorre. I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I opened my three hour concert with the Invocazione di Orfeo from Jacopo Peri's opera EURIDICE composed in 1600, the first opera, composed in the same year as Shakespeare wrote HAMLET. It can be heard from the live performance on my three websites, www.WagnerOpera.com, , www.ShakespeareOpera.com, and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com. It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. In another commentary on wqxr.org one commented about all operas that were once NEW but now not new and therefore should be relegated to museum status. As an opera composer myself ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] I fully comprehend the assumed urgency of recognition of the still living. However, it's important to revere and enjoy the MASTERPIECES of art, music, literature, architecture and science in its multiple formats . I am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles.

Dec. 09 2012 10:38 AM

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