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Euridice opéra séjours culturels
New York 6
Arrangement from Wednesday 9 to Monday 14 November 2022, 4 nights 
Rigoletto - G. Verdi
As already in his Luisa Miller, Verdi’s eponymous figure Rigoletto is not a man of rank, but a representative of the people, in this case a malformed court jester. The composer devoted himself with the greatest care to the psychological shaping of his hero. This may have been due to the fact that the Venetian censorship had initially banned the opera for insulting majesty, and that it could only be performed on stage after numerous changes. Since the libretto was changed several times and the scenic structure was also shaken, the unity of the play had to be preserved and restored in other ways. Thus Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) transposed it into the personal, tragic conflict of the Rigoletto, which is decisive for the plot and the connection between the characters. The composer succeeded excellently in combining recitatives, arias and duets into a higher musical unity and in dissolving the old structure of the number opera. He himself even regarded his work as revolutionary. After the music had been criticized as too shallow and superficial by contemporaries, especially by followers of Richard Wagner, only Igor Stravinsky was able to overturn this verdict: He praised the ingenuity of the opera. Today, "Rigoletto" is part of the standard repertoire of every opera house, and the popular arias "La donna è mobile" or "Caro nome", which are extremely demanding to sing, are often performed in song recitals in isolation.
Rigoletto - G. Verdi, the 10
Speranza Scappucci - Bartlett Sher
Rosa Feola, Aigul Akhmetshina, Quinn Kelsey,
Benjamin Bernheim
Born in Paris in 1985, Benjamin Bernheim is a lyric tenor whose debut album was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2019 and has since been followed by a second in 2022. Bernheim is considered an outstanding interpreter of the Italian and French repertoire. After completing his studies, he was accepted into the Zurich Opera Studio. In 2012 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival, after which he also appeared at the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg. Striking stations in his burgeoning career included the Semperoper Dresden, the Zurich Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Teatro alla Scala. In 2019, the young artist made his acclaimed role debut as Duca in “Rigoletto” at the Bavarian State Opera, after causing a sensation as Alfredo in a sensational production of “La Traviata” at the Opéra de Paris with his stage partner Pretty Yende as Violetta. Don’t miss this enchanting voice and make your own impression of this brilliant tenor to whom the future belongs!
Benjamin Bernheim, Andrea Mastroni
Metropolitan Opera
Don Carlo - G. Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi’s (1813-1901) grand and full-length opera “Don Carlos” is based on Friedrich Schiller’s drama “Don Karlos, Infant of Spain”. The French original of 1867 was first performed in Paris, belongs to the genre of the Grand Opéra, was Verdi’s third commissioned work for the Paris Opera and has five acts; a second, shorter version was not performed until 17 years later at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Unlike the first version, this one contains four acts and has an Italian libretto instead of a French one. This also explains the two different spellings of the work: "Don Carlos" / "Don Carlo". It is now known that seven different versions of the opera exist. After massive criticism, the composer was repeatedly forced to make changes and cuts to his work, as the first version, with almost five hours of playing time, was too lengthy even for the Parisian audience - an educated and music-loving audience that was quite used to the lengthy duration of the large-scale and epic Grand Opéra. After the second version had been favoured until the end of the 20th century, theatres today tend to favour the first, longer version, since in it the plots and motivations of the characters can be presented much better and more coherently.
Don Carlo - G. Verdi, the 11
Carlo Rizzi - David McVicar
Eleonora Buratto, Anita Rachvelishvili, Russell Thomas, Peter Mattei, Günther Groissböck, John Relyea
Metropolitan Opera
La Traviata - G. Verdi
The last piece of the so-called trilogia popolare is a work of complete inner life and is rightly regarded as one of the masterpieces unsurpassed in the Romantic genre. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) used the famous novel “La dame aux camélias” by the French writer Alexandre Dumas as his literary model; only the names of the protagonists were changed. Although the opera was a great success from a musical point of view, at the same time the moral, overly permissive and liberal attitude of the work was criticized. With the “traviata” (= the Fallen woman) Verdi drew a highly sensitive main character on whom his whole attention is focused - like a psychological study of human nature with all its vices, hardships and desires, but also the ability to renounce for the sake of loved ones. From the first note there is a suggestion of a soul drama that begins with an intimate prelude instead of the usual overture in the classical style. As an autobiographical element, the theme certainly includes the fact that Verdi’s partner Giuseppina Strepponi suffered from a serious illness and that Verdi, who had lost his first wife at an early age, also feared for her life. In addition, the composer’s relationship with Strepponi caused him slander, so that he used this theme artistically in the figure of his father, Germont, who was a well-behaved man. The premiere in 1853 at the Teatro La Fenice turned out to be a farce due to several factors. On the one hand, certainly because Verdi held up an unwanted mirror to Italian society with this subject, on the other hand because of the vocal deficits of the interpreters. One year later, however, also in Venice and only slightly modified, the worldwide, unbroken triumph of “La traviata” began. Today the tragic love story around the courtesan Violetta is the most popular opera of Verdi and one of the most frequently performed works ever.
La Traviata - G. Verdi, the 12
Daniele Callegari - Michael Mayer
Nadine Sierra, Stephen Costello, Luca Salsi
Metropolitan Opera
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