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Opera and Classical Music World

New, curiosities and interviews from the Opera and Classical Music world. 

  1. Special suggestion for St Valentine's Day in Rome - Proposta speciale per San Valentino a Roma
    04
    Feb

    Special suggestion for St Valentine's Day in Rome - Proposta speciale per San Valentino a Roma

    Have you already prepared a romantic surprise for your better half? Here we have a special suggestion for St Valentine’s Day in Rome. We know you want to make it unforgettable for your partner, so we are going to stage a unique date for the most romantic concert in Rome in a wonderful Baroque venue, the Caravita Oratory, a few steps away from the Pantheon.

    Hai già preparato una sorpresa romantica per la tua dolce metà? Qui ti suggeriamo qualcosa di speciale per festeggiare San Valentino a Roma. Sappiamo che vuoi rendere questa serata indimenticabile per la persona che hai accanto, quindi porteremo in scena una data unica del concerto più romantico della capitale, in una meravigliosa sala barocca che abbiamo in esclusiva: l’Oratorio del Caravita, a pochi passi dal Pantheon.

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  2. Find out about the history of the Palau de la Música
    23
    Jan

    Find out about the history of the Palau de la Música

    Right at the beginning of the XX century, when the new century ushered in the desire for novelty, progress and modernity, the Orfeó Català choir of Catalan music decided to build their headquarters in Barcelona. They assigned the task to the architect Lluìs Domènech i Montaner, asking him to build a home for Catalan choral music. It was no coincidence that the first brick was laid on the day of the Catalan patron saint, Sant Jordi, in 1905. Let’s have a look at the history of the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

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  3. First opera direction for Sonia Bergamasco
    06
    Jun

    First opera direction for Sonia Bergamasco

    Sonia Bergamasco is going to direct an opera for the first time, to bring Mozart’s masterpiece ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ to the stage of the Maggio Musicale in Florence. The premiere is on June 15, 2019, then the show will run on June 17, 19 and 21. The direction team will be composed of two women, since, apart from Sonia as director, the conductor is going to be a woman too – Kristiina Poska – opening a Mozart trilogy viewed through the eyes of women.

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  4. Beatrice Venezi, the female conductor under 30
    11
    Apr

    Beatrice Venezi, the female conductor under 30

    She is an orchestra conductor at international level, and the first woman to hold the baton of the State Opera Orchestra in Georgia. Not only is she the youngest woman conductor in Italy, but she also entered the Forbes rank of the 100 most influential Italians under 30 years of age. This is because she is not afraid of breaking up with customary habits, and she brings in all her youth and femininity when she performs her job.

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  5. The flamenco guitar and its peculiarity
    02
    Apr

    The flamenco guitar and its peculiarity

    Are 'Spanish Guitar' and 'Flamenco Guitar' the same thing? No, they are not. Classical Spanish Guitar is a term comprising several varieties of musical instruments, including the Flamenco Guitar. Flamenco has been recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO, so the flamenco guitar is currently the most commonly used variety of Spanish guitar.

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  6. Flamenco, one and one hundred thousand styles
    20
    Mar

    Flamenco, one and one hundred thousand styles

    As the means of expression of the Gitano nomads, flamenco collected rythms from multiple cultures with whom the gipsies established contact during their migration through the Middle East and the Mediterranean, up to the Andalusian mountains.

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  7. San Carlo theatre in Naples - The most ancient theatre
    15
    Mar

    San Carlo theatre in Naples - The most ancient theatre

    Ranking in the National Geographic top ten of the most beautiful theatres on the planet, the San Carlo Theatre in Naples is also the most ancient in the world to be still active. Its stunning building erected in 1737 by King Charles III of Bourbon concealed a secret passage leading directly into the Royal Palace, so the king would not need to walk down the streets to get to the Royal Family’s stall.

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  8. La Scala Theatre - History of the Opera House in Milan
    10
    Dec

    La Scala Theatre - History of the Opera House in Milan

    Like a mythological creature, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan rose from the ashes of a fire, in a sacred place. At the end of the XVIII century, the largest theatre in Milan, the Regio Ducale opera house, was burnt to the ground, and the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria ordered the construction of a new theatre, the largest and more modern opera house that had ever existed.

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  9. Opera in Italy - Stories and places of the Italian Opera
    08
    Oct

    Opera in Italy - Stories and places of the Italian Opera

    Those who really know Italy, and love its culture, are always keen on having a night at the opera. Italy is the country where the idea of merging music and theatre first arose, in the XV century, creating the genre of opera, whose success steadily carried on and even increased until our times. The Great Italian Opera is still the leading protagonist of the most beautiful theatres in Italy.

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