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Euridice opéra séjours culturels
Vérone 13
Arrangement from Wednesday 24 to Monday 29 August 2022, 5 nights  Festival
Giuseppe Verdi Gala, the 25
Jordi Bernacer
Clémentine Margaine, María José Siri,
Plácido Domingo
Tenor and conductor Placido Domingo was born on January 21, 1941 in Madrid, Spain. His parents, both zarzuela singers, took him to live in Mexico. At the age of 14, Placido Domingo returned to the Mexico City Conservatory where he studied piano, singing as well as musical composition and conducting. In 1965, Placido Domingo went to the United States, which was a turning point in his career. In 1967, he returned to Europe to devote himself to the Verdian repertoire. More than an opera performer, he is gradually becoming a popular star. At the same time as his singing career, Placido Domingo discreetly began a career as a conductor in the 1980s. He notably directed a televised production of Johan Strauss’s La Chauve-Souris at Covent Garden in 1983. Interested in discovering new talents, Placido Domingo created in 1993 the Operalia Prize, a singing competition intended to promote the most promising young singers. Many laureates have become famous, such as Nina Stemme, Rolando Villazón, Joyce DiDonato, Erwin Schrott or Sonya Yoncheva. Over time, Placido Domingo finds the baritone range with which he began, which allows him to continue to expand his repertoire since 2010.
Plácido Domingo,
Ildar Abdrazakov
Ildar Abdrazakov was born on September 26, 1976 in Ufa, Russia. Encouraged by his artist parents like his brother Askar, Ildar Abdrazakov studied at the Ufa Institute of the Arts. After that, Ildar Abdrazakov joined the Bashkir State Opera troupe. In 1998, Ildar Abdrazakov made his debut at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in the title role of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Then in 2000, he won the International Maria Callas Competition in Parma, which opened the doors to La Scala in Milan in 2001, where he sang Rodolfo in La Somnambule by Bellini. Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of the most appreciated bass voices in opera, his powerful yet so refined voice coupled with his fascinating stage presence have won him many accolades from critics.
Ildar Abdrazakov, Simon Lim, Gabriele Sagona, Fabio Sartori
Arena
Turandot - G. Puccini
When Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels in November 1924 as a result of cancer, his composition of "Turandot" was still unfinished. The composer Franco Alfano (1876-1954) was then commissioned to complete the opera. At the premiere at the Teatro alla Scala, the work was performed as a homage to Puccini only up to Liù’s death aria. The conductor Arturo Toscanini addressed the audience at this point: "Here the opera ends, because this is where the master died". "Turandot" can be regarded as the culmination of Puccini’s creative output, since it perfectly combines all four elements that characterize his incomparable style: The slave Liù symbolizes the lyrical-sentimental element, the pair Turandot/Kalaf the heroic, while the three courtiers stand for the comic-grotesque. The exotic element is achieved by using authentic Chinese sages and pentatonic motifs. Compared to his other works, "Turandot" has greater echoes of contemporary musical trends, as well as dissonances, polytonal effects and, for the traditionally trained listener, irritating effects in singing and orchestration, making it - compared to his earlier operas - long less popular with the audience. In the meantime, however, Puccini’s last work has established itself on the opera stages. In it, his life’s work is bundled and gives room for speculation as to what the composer’s further musical development might have been like.
Turandot - G. Puccini, the 26
Plácido Domingo
Tenor and conductor Placido Domingo was born on January 21, 1941 in Madrid, Spain. His parents, both zarzuela singers, took him to live in Mexico. At the age of 14, Placido Domingo returned to the Mexico City Conservatory where he studied piano, singing as well as musical composition and conducting. In 1965, Placido Domingo went to the United States, which was a turning point in his career. In 1967, he returned to Europe to devote himself to the Verdian repertoire. More than an opera performer, he is gradually becoming a popular star. At the same time as his singing career, Placido Domingo discreetly began a career as a conductor in the 1980s. He notably directed a televised production of Johan Strauss’s La Chauve-Souris at Covent Garden in 1983. Interested in discovering new talents, Placido Domingo created in 1993 the Operalia Prize, a singing competition intended to promote the most promising young singers. Many laureates have become famous, such as Nina Stemme, Rolando Villazón, Joyce DiDonato, Erwin Schrott or Sonya Yoncheva. Over time, Placido Domingo finds the baritone range with which he began, which allows him to continue to expand his repertoire since 2010.
Plácido Domingo - Franco Zeffirelli
Oksana Dyka, Ruth Iniesta, Yonghoon Lee, Riccardo Fassi
Arena
Carmen - G. Bizet
Carmen is undoubtedly one of the most popular and most performed operas in the world. Its premiere in 1875 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, however, was only a moderate success: The outrageous new realism, the brutality and vehemence in the actors’ actions, and not least the shady milieu, overwhelmed the conventional Parisian audience, which was stuck in old patterns of thought. The opera is set around 1820 in Seville, Andalusia, and is based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Merimée. The libretto was co-produced by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy (nephew of composer Jacques Fromental Halévy and also cousin of Georges Bizet’s wife). Shortly after its premiere, Carmen began its triumphal march across the world via Vienna and the rest of Europe, a triumph that continues to this day. The theme and plot of this opera inspired numerous artists to create independent works, and various (opera and dance) films as well as ballets were made. Georges Bizet (1838-1875), however, unfortunately did not live to see the triumph of his sensual and passionate masterpiece. Exactly three months to the day after the first performance, he succumbed to a fatal heart attack at the age of only 36.
Carmen - G. Bizet, the 27
Marco Armiliato - Franco Zeffirelli
Yulia Matochkina, Lavinia Bini,
Vittorio Grigolo
The tenor Vittorio Grigolo was born on February 19, 1977 in Arezzo, Tuscany, and grew up in Rome in a family of music lovers. He discovered a passion for music at the age of 4, then joined the Sistine Chapel Choir at the age of 9, where he remained there for four years as a soloist. Vittorio Grigolo made his opera debut at 13 as Little Shepherd in Tosca at the Rome Opera House, opposite Pavarotti. From then on, he was nicknamed Il Pavarottino (the Little Pavarotti) by the Italian press. Vittorio Grigolo joined the Vienna Opera at the age of 18 before becoming the youngest singer debuting on the stage at La Scala in Milan at 23 for two concerts conducted by Riccardo Muti. Attached to his roots, Vittorio Grigolo distinguished himself in various Verdian roles and having studied at a French college, the tenor developed a great interest in French romantic opera.
Vittorio Grigolo, Claudio Sgura
Arena
Aida - G. Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) wrote his “Aida” at a politically highly explosive time: Germany and France were on the brink of war (Franco-Prussian War 1870/71), which is why the premiere could not take place until a year later after the scheduled date: Because both the stage sets and the costumes were stuck in the Prussian occupied Paris. The opera had been commissioned by the Egyptian Viceroy Ismail Pasha. However, not, as often wrongly assumed, for the inauguration of the Suez Canal, but for the opening of the new opera house in Cairo in 1871. Aida shows the versatility of this exceptional Italian composer in its entirety: large-scale mass scenes and choruses are juxtaposed with equally intimate, chamber-play-like scenes that reveal a soul drama that is ingenious in every detail. In this respect, the work can certainly be interpreted as a turning point in Verdi’s oeuvre, as it not only focuses on the vocal parts, but also assigns a new and leading role to the orchestra. Verdi received the 150,000 gold francs demanded for his composition, probably the highest honorarium granted to a composer to date. In addition, he demanded his own trumpets for the famous Triumphal March, the so-called Aida trumpets, which had to be commissioned as a special production. Today "Aida" is one of the most successful of the great operas of the 19th century.
Aida - G. Verdi, the 28
Daniel Oren - Franco Zeffirelli
Liudmyla Monastyrska, Olesya Petrova, Sebastian Catana, Samuele Simoncini, Abramo Rosalen, Romano dal Zovo
Arena
Tour price Vérone 13
 
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Due Torri *****
3 400 €
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Accademia ****
2 840 €
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The tour price per person includes
Private transfers airport-hotel-airport.
Double room accommodation including breakfast.
Very good show seats.
Repatriation assistance (for residents of western Europe only).
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