Met’s HD Broadcasts Debut on Monday 9/22


9/22 Gala will only be broadcast in the US – sorry, the rest of the world… Again, I’m reposting this information, no affiliation with the Met…

The Met’s Opening Night Gala, starring Renée Fleming. Monday, September 22 at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT (Live) 6 pm PT/7 pm MT (Tape Delay)

The Met’s 125th anniversary season opens with a celebratory gala starring the extraordinary soprano Renée Fleming singing three of her most acclaimed roles. Met Music Director James Levine, Marco Armiliato, and Patrick Summers conduct fully staged scenes from Verdi’s La Traviata, Massenet’s Manon, and Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. World renowned designers Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel have created new costumes for Fleming’s star turn. Tenor Ramón Vargas and baritones Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft join the soprano for this exciting season opener. Susan Graham will host the HD transmission. 

Don’t miss the next 10 Live in HD events, which will be transmitted live to more locations in more countries than ever before! Get your tickets now to experience the ultimate stage spectacle, live on screen at your local movie theater. Continue reading

Renee Fleming in New La Traviata DVD (LA Opera)


Just thought I point out that LA Opera’s production of La Traviata is now available on DVD – somehow I did not see it before, so I just ordered it, it looks like a very traditional production and it features Villazon and Fleming. Here is some quick information from Musical Criticism (check out their website for more reviews of CDs and DVDs)

Verdi: La traviata
Renee Fleming, Rolando Villazon, Los Angeles Opera/James Conlon (Decca)
Release Date: December 2007

Featuring the American soprano Reneé Fleming in divine form, this excellent DVD of Verdi’s La traviata is sure to beat off the winter blues.

With stiff competition from earlier recordings in the catalogue, one might not think there was a need for yet another. Yet Fleming’s strong track record in Verdian repertoire (she is also an excellent Amelia Grimaldi and Desdemona) continues with this new release, documenting her portrayal of Violetta at the Los Angeles Opera in 2006.

For me, her voice is particularly suited to works by nineteenth-century composers such as Tchaikovsky and Verdi, who wrote with a sense of classical line and sensitive orchestration yet infused their music with potent drama. Fleming doesn’t always convince me in Mozart and especially Handel, where a more fluid and less mannered approach is required in some of the legato passages, but here in Verdi the mixture of a beautiful sound with a highly developed dramatic instinct – both in the acting and in the voice –is rarely less than compelling.

The rest of the review (and more production photos) is here.

P.S. In other (more philosophical) news, I think I am going to forego my re-reading of Hegel’s PhG and join N. Pepperell (RoughTheory.Org) in her reading of Hegel’s Science of Logic.  This should be an excellent way to kick in this new year!