Soprano debuts in 2 Met Opera roles within day
In this photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Vittorio Grigolo portrays Rodolfo with Kristine Opolais as Mimi in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Saturday, April 5, 2014 in New York. Opolais made Metropolitan Opera history Saturday, stepping in for an ailing soprano to make her second company role debut in a span of 24 hours. On Friday night, Opolais sang Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl) Kristine Opolais, Howard Watkins
NEW YORK (AP) — Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first “Madama Butterfly’” at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner.
Just 2½ hours later, the 34-year-old Latvian soprano was awakened by Met General Manager Peter Gelb, who wanted to know if she could take over a televised performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme” that afternoon after Anita Hartig took ill.

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Soprano debuts in 2 Met Opera roles within day

In this photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Vittorio Grigolo portrays Rodolfo with Kristine Opolais as Mimi in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Saturday, April 5, 2014 in New York. Opolais made Metropolitan Opera history Saturday, stepping in for an ailing soprano to make her second company role debut in a span of 24 hours. On Friday night, Opolais sang Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl)
Kristine Opolais, Howard Watkins

NEW YORK (AP) — Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first “Madama Butterfly’” at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner.

Just 2½ hours later, the 34-year-old Latvian soprano was awakened by Met General Manager Peter Gelb, who wanted to know if she could take over a televised performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme” that afternoon after Anita Hartig took ill.

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The Met: Werther — Jules Massenet (by UCIcinemasBR)

“It seems to me pointless to do an opera as passionate as Werther and not try and reach out and touch the audience.” —Richard Eyre

Well, Richard Eyre, I guess I took you too literally when I went back to see Werther a second time on Saturday. Despite making it way easier to accomplish by getting a much closer seat, there was no reaching. There was no touching!

However, I can tell you that if you’re in Box 30 Seat 3 of the Grand Tier, that framing device leaves you with a view of Werther’s feet for the start of the last scene. Frankly, Jonas Kaufmann has more talent in those feet than the rest of us dream of, but I happen to be a tremendous admirer of his facial talent, which is no more deeply affecting that when his character is in emotional agony. That, and I was worried he might have lost his untied cravat, which I’d grown quite fond of.

Having now seen the Met’s Werther twice, my takeaway is that, well, of course Jonas Kaufmann can sing like you read about, and the production was gorgeous. I’d seen his Tosca and his Faust, and over-listened to countless of his recordings.* But his acting in this was just staggeringly real. This is no small feat in a role that is inherently off the well-balanced emotional chain. But Jonas Kaufmann (my heeero) did it.

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*In the interest of full disclosure, there aren’t all that many recordings, so they may, in fact, be countable.

And another thing: I think Gabriel Yared kind of borrowed the chord progression you hear at the beginning of the above video for The English Patient. It’s right here, at about 55 seconds in. That’s okay. My friend, CR, swears she heard Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay in—was it Act III?—of Werther.

I went to see this last night. *sigh*

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

For people who say writers can’t write quality work quickly, the program notes said that Goethe wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther in six weeks.

Werther - Massenet | Tickets - Metropolitan Opera

rogueragdoll:

Jonas Kaufmann Is ON OUR RADAR: Opera Superstar Talks Wagner, ‘Parsifal,’ And Craving Time Off
Interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/jonas-kaufmann-wagner_n_2792469.html



“JK: [Wagner] didn’t call it an opera. He called it a Bühnenweihfestspiel, which means a stage blessing.”
That’s funny, because that’s exactly what I call Jonas whenever I see him. (On stage. From my balcony box at the Met. Through my opera glasses, which do that cartoon eyeball popping out of the lens thing—but very quietly, so it’s barely audible to Jonas. Or to the brass section below).

rogueragdoll:

Jonas Kaufmann Is ON OUR RADAR: Opera Superstar Talks Wagner, ‘Parsifal,’ And Craving Time Off

Interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/jonas-kaufmann-wagner_n_2792469.html

JK: [Wagner] didn’t call it an opera. He called it a Bühnenweihfestspiel, which means a stage blessing.

That’s funny, because that’s exactly what I call Jonas whenever I see him. (On stage. From my balcony box at the Met. Through my opera glasses, which do that cartoon eyeball popping out of the lens thing—but very quietly, so it’s barely audible to Jonas. Or to the brass section below).

I haven’t posted a Jonas Kaufmann clip in a long time. I think we’re overdue.

Werther - Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch - Opéra national de Paris - medici.tv (by medicitv)

This gorgeous Met Opera mailer arrived today.

(Source: metoperafamily.org)