A weekly wrap up of opera news at home and abroad, in which a Russian diva writes a happier ending and stars gather to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is revered around the world for her buxom beauty and outstanding voice. The dazzling diva gave a (very) open interview to Opera News, saying this about Eugene Onegin.
“I’m sorry – at the end, I would fu*k the guy! So I have nothing in common with Tatiana – only language!” – Anna Netrebko
Read the context here.
Closer to home, stars are gathering to help celebrate the the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. Opera Australia principal artists including Teddy Tahu Rhodes will be lining up to sing alongside some of Australian music’s biggest names.
Jonas Kaufmann, who will sing on Australia’s shores next year for the first time, has won a Gramophone Award for his “Wagner” CD, recorded with Markus Brück (Bass-baritone), the Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra conduced by Donald Runnicles.
Continuing its tradition of strong opera journalism, the UK Telegraph has a lovely piece about Opera North’s revival of Peter Grimes, including a moving reflection on Richard Angas, who died whilst rehearsing the opera with the company a few weeks ago.
In Spain, the national library has recovered a fragment of an early manuscript from Bellini’s opera Il Pirata. It’s thoroughly unscandalous – the seven bars of notes barely differ from the published work.
And, finally, the Oz Opera Schools companies have both wrapped up after travelling tens of thousands of kilometres performing opera to more than 70,000 children. Congratulations, team!