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Lise Davidsen unleashed rare grandeur of tone throughout her range in the title role of Strauss’s opera.
“Did you see ‘Ariadne’ last night?” a friend wrote to me on Wednesday. “If you were in Brooklyn, you still may have heard it.”
I had seen it, and I knew immediately that by “it” he meant “her”: the soprano Lise Davidsen, who as the title character of Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos” filled the mighty Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday in a way few singers can.
- from New York Times
As always, Franco Zeffirelli’s fantasy setting of a Chinese imperial court, with its gilded terraces, liveried attendants, long-sleeved ladies-in-waiting, dancers, mimes, and acrobats—and the common people slithering around on all fours like lower-level primates—was an eye-popping spectacle.
- from New York Classical Review
Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn’s adaptation of the classic play is both traditional and innovative, elegant and passionate.
An opera composer would need the epic gifts and epic gall of a Richard Wagner to consider an adaptation of “Hamlet” and think: “Yup, I’ve got this.”
“My initial response,” Brett Dean has ventured more modestly, “was to say no, that I couldn’t possibly tackle something that big.”
But about 10 years ago, Dean put aside his reservations and began to tackle the play, with Matthew Jocelyn by his side as librettist. And, boldly slashing and reconfiguring Shakespeare’s text while setting it to a score assured in both crashes and whispers, they tackled it to the ground.
- from The New York Times
Simon Stone delivers a visually stunning and conceptually arresting production of Donizetti’s enduring 1835 opera, past interpretations of which haven’t always been warmly received
Lammermoor ain’t what it used to be. Or, at least, it wasn’t Saturday night at the Metropolitan Opera.
In Simon Stone’s visually stunning and conceptually arresting production of Donizetti’s enduring 1835 opera “Lucia di Lammermoor,” the verdant hills and wild landscape of 18th-century Scotland have been paved over and replaced with the living ruins of the American Rust Belt: a pawnshop, a cheap motel, a liquor store, an ATM that charges too much. Its natural glories now artificial and garish; its mysteries now a minimart.
- from The Washington Post
The Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Ltd. was formed to increase the awareness of classical vocal music in Asia and to encourage participation in its promotion by individuals and both private and civic groups. The Foundation (FAMA) works with governmental agencies, private individuals and groups on a wide range of activities including the Metropolitan Opera HK broadcasts of live performances and promotes community outreach to raise awareness of vocal music. The Foundation also supports selected individuals in the pursuit of their studies. The Foundation aims to be a supportive mechanism for audience and financial development for other Arts organisations.
亞洲藝術音樂推廣基金會的創立目的，乃為提昇亞洲各地對古典聲樂的認知，鼓勵各界人士、私營機構及公民團體積極參與並推廣活動。基金會一直致力與政府團體、獨立工作者及私營機構工作，舉辦各式各樣的音樂活動，當中包括紐約著名歌劇院Metropolitan Opera 以高清技術放送現場歌劇演出至香港的活動；同時亦提倡社區聲樂發展，廣泛提昇各界對聲樂的興趣，更竭力支持多位獲甄選的音樂學生繼續深造。亞洲藝術音樂推廣基金會的目標，是致力為廣大觀眾提供支持機制，並於經濟上協助其他藝術機構發展。
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