(See, I should be sleeping but I am still on this silly computer)
Dale, where did you see opera this summer in Italy? What was noteworthy to
you? We were in Verona and one of my most wonderful moments this year
involved the full moon peeking out from behind scudding rainclouds over the
edge of the Arena di Verona as Jose Cura et al sang the last act of Aida.
It really does not get too much better than this!
Has anyone on these chatlists ever been to the Puccini Festival? Torre del
Anyone catch the SUMMER Richard Tucker gala in Florence?
--Joy, really going to sleep now, perchance to dream of Italy!
From: Dale Erwin <erwintech@...
Date: Thursday, December 30, 1999 12:21 AM
Subject: Re: [opera] PBS Specials, Ana Maria Martinez
>From: Dale Erwin <erwintech@...>
>Joy HD wrote:
>> From: "Joy HD" <joyhd@...>
>> Hi, Val! I am really pretty new to this list, too.
>> Did you see either of the two great opera specials on PBS this week?
>> The first was a gala produced by the Richard Tucker Foundation with
>> Alagna, Angela Giorghiu, Sam Ramey, and my tired brain is failing me as
>> the other, say, ten singers. OH! Villaroel! Veronica? Victoria? She
>> fabulous. The Met orchestra and chorus, also. Placido Domingo hosted
>> told some cute Richard Tucker stories but did not sing himself. They
>> footage of Tucker singing "O soave fanciulla" in costumes and stage set
>> were about as far from a starving artist's garb and garret as one could
>> imagine but it was great to see this cowboy-New Yorker giving his all.
>> The other special was tonight's Le Nozze di Figaro from the Met with
>> Terfel as Figaro, Cecilia Bartoli as Susanna, Rene Flemming as the
>> Dwayne Croft as the Count and James Levine conducting. It was as you
>> imagine from this lineup! Extremely well received.
>> Both specials were really very wonderful. SUPPORT PBS!
>> Are you planning on catching L'elisir d'amore at Houston Grand Opera?
>> young soprano is a WONDERFUL young voice, Ana Maria Martinez, an alumn of
>> the studio program in Houston. She has one of the nicest voices I have
>> heard in a long time - rich and effortless, very dark honey delivered
>> grace, confidence and a really heartfelt but intelligent style. I may
>> to come down from Chicago to catch this production (yeah like I am just a
>> jetsetter bopping around like this! ha ha ha). The tenor is no slouch
>> either - Ramon Vargas! It should be really wonderful. If you do go, I
>> you will share a short report with us.
>When I was in Dallas, I had planned to go see Houston's production of
>l'Elisir d'amore, but now that I have had to relocate to Santa Fe, New
>it just might not be possible. I was especially interested in hearing the
>baritone, Alfonso Antoniozzi who frequents many of the operatic newsgroups:
>RMO in English as well as it.arti.musica.classica in Italian and having had
>several conversations with him. He gave me some good tips on finding live
>opera in Italy on my trip there this past summer, and I was looking forward
>to meeting him, but I guess it's not to be... His ID is MrAlfi in case any
>of you happen to see him around the newsgroups.
>Santa Fe, New Mexico