Around the World in Eighty Operas
Opera. It’s a European thing – right? Wrong! In a whistle-stop global tour, Sarah Noble finds that more countries have embraced the art form than you might imagine. Eight opera stars advocate their own national treasures, as Sarah finds a wealth of operatic pleasures, and sometimes in the oddest of places.
What Kafumann Did Next With Aida and a Puccini recital about to hit the shops, the German tenor talks about planning a career, what Wagner to tackle next, his passion for live recordings and when to avoid blueys.
An Australian in Bayreuth John Wegner’s Wagnerian career took him all over the world before illness forces his untimely retirement. Meet the local boy who went on from extra chorus to conquer Bayreuth.
Mozart’s Other Operas
Mozart’s operatic reputation rests on a handful of masterworks. But the boy from Salzburg wrote 22 stage works, the first at the tender age of 11. Might we be missing a trick or two?
Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Lawes’ “vile” (according to Burney) Royal extravagances made entirely ‘viol’ by Phantasm; Steven Isserlis rehabilitates Prokofiev’s first thoughts with some special pleading; A multi-tasking Dmitry Sinkovsky delivers perhaps the most cinematic Four Seasons ever; Howard Shelley’s latest pianistic volume of Mendelssohn throws up a few treasures; Paavo Järvi goes back to Soviet basics with Shostakovich’s controversial Stalinist cantatas; and Brett Dean’s operatic debut comes up fresh and ‘blissfully’ sparkling thanks to ABC Classics.
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Soon to unveil her Norma for Melbourne Opera, the Australian soprano talks about the challenges of accompanied recitative, the tension between words and music, and putting her own stamp on bel canto's Mt Everest.