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Operamaniac: Silly Season

Tue 2 Sep 2014

CARP

The weather has turned. No more bikinis, martinis or sunburn. Summer is over. And with it goes Silly Season, the time of year when it all gets a bit too much and suddenly anything is news.

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Operamaniac: 5 things we take for granted (or why Wagner spoiled all the fun)

Fri 8 Aug 2014

Wagner and dragon

We tend to take a wide range of things for granted and immutable, as we never saw them being done on another way. However, things change. Who could imagine that in the 21st century we would be flying and using the internet? Ok, maybe Bartolomeu de Gusmao with his “Passarola” but he was a bit alone on that. Therefore, let me share with you five things that have changed with time, be it by a matter of taste or practicality.

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Operamaniac

Tue 17 Jun 2014

OAE

Opera might have emerged as a form of art to entertain the rich and powerful, but it soon became used as a way to express political and social discontent. You might think such liberties are only a product of the 20th century, but the fact is kings and governments throughout history have trembled and even fallen because of Opera.

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Operamaniac

Tue 11 Feb 2014

OAE

It all begun when I, a little child at the time, found an old 1984 recording of the Teatro alla Scala of Verdi’s “I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata” with Ghena Dimitrova and Jose Carreras in the leading roles.

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Fantasio – The Dialogue Sessions

Fri 13 Dec 2013

OAE

Sunday approaches and the cast of Offenbach’s Fantasio join conductor Sir Mark Elder to brush up on their French…

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Current Distractions

Fri 1 Nov 2013

Current Distractions - OAE

It’s half term, meaning the trains are slightly emptier, the roads are marginally clearer and everywhere else is packed with loud and irritating children. So the theme for this week’s Current Distractions is childhood.

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Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Composer

Jean-Philippe-Rameau

The Man
Rameau was secretive about the first half of his life: it seems that he never imparted any detail of it to his friends or even to his wife. We know he was born in a family of musicians, that his father was his first teacher and that he worked as an organist in some churches, including the one in the Jesuit College where Voltaire was a pupil – a few years later he became the librettist of some of Rameau’s operas.

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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Composer

Verdi

Himself: Despite his innate musical ability (he began studying music at the age of three), Verdi’s application for the Milan Conservatory was rejected due to his lack of piano technique and discipline. In 1839, he moved to Milan and he had his first success with Nabucco and also his first failure, with the comedy Un giorno di negro. He only composed one other comedy in his career: Falstaff, his last opera.

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Women in Opera – Study Day

Mon 19 Nov 2012

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Perhaps the best way to describe an OAE Study Day is that it’s like a television documentary, only live.

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