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"The Very Best of HILDEGARD
FanFaire officially began its celebration of music some
10 years ago with a tribute to its first featured artist, HILDEGARD
BEHRENS and a celebration of RICHARD
WAGNER's RING CYCLE at the Met in which she starred.
As FanFaire advances halfway into its tenth year and
strives to continue into the next decade its celebration of all
that is good and beautiful in music, we find occasion to pay tribute
yet again to the legendary soprano with a special GIVEAWAY of
25 AUTOGRAPHED 2-CD set albums of EMI Classics' THE
VERY BEST OF HILDEGARD BEHRENS.
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In the most recent of our continuing conversations with Ms. Behrens,
she shared some of her explorations into new repertoire which
she described as "an exciting journey through various
dimensions of time and space" and so graciously
transcribed herself in the form of a letter to her"Dear
Friends at FanFaire." To read,
It was also at about the same time that Ms. Behrens agreed to
a videotaped session in which she fondly and good-humoredly recalled
her memories of the legendary LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, beloved tenor
of our times who had just passed away.
CLICK HERE to watch VIDEO CLIPS.
� Robert Millard / courtesy LA Opera
DOMINGO 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT TO BE SHOWN at 22 LANDMARK
In an exciting new development for LA Opera that will bring PLÁCIDO
DOMINGO and the art form—of which he is today's most eminent
champion and practitioner— to music lovers throughout the
country, LANDMARK THEATRES will host the screenings of Domingo's
40th Anniversary Gala Concert in 22 theatres in cities throughout
the US, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Diego,
Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, St.
Louis and Baltimore.
The gala, held on April 18, 2008 commemorated DOMINGO's debut in
Los Angeles in November 1967, years before LA had an opera company.
He has sung in the city every year since then, performing his landmark
OTELLO at LA OPERA's 1986 inaugural. The gala concert was an elegant,
red-carpet, sold-out musical event— mostly of popular operatic
arias and duets sung by DOMINGO and his guest soprano, PATRICIA
RACETTE, with JAMES CONLON conducting the LA OPERA ORCHESTRA.
The screenings bring LA OPERA to movie theatres for the first time,
marking a season of "FIRSTS" for the company that include:
the PBS Great Performances telecast of The Rise and
Fall of the City of Mahagonny, the DVD releases of
Mahagonny and La Traviata,
the ‘LA Opera on Air’ broadcasts, and—as
part of the Recovered Voices project—the
first full-staged productions of operas suppressed by the Nazis
by a major American company.
With DOMINGO looking ahead to his next 40 years as suggested, tongue-in-cheek,
by the film tribute that introduced the concert's second half, clearly
the best is yet to come for this ever ascendant opera company on
the West Coast that is today the youngest of the world's greats,
no small thanks to DOMINGO!
ON THE PIANO"
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HEWITT: born to play BACH!
Anyone who has
seen Canadian ANGELA HEWITT in performance is certain to come away
convinced that if there was one pianist born to play BACH, she is
IT! And her recently released 2-DVD set "Bach Performance on
the Piano" in conjunction with her ongoing World Bach
Tour confirms it. It was during the Southern California
leg of her Tour that FanFaire had the opportunity to videotape
an interview with MS. HEWITT, 2006 Gramophone ARTIST OF THE YEAR,
between her amazing performances of Bach's complete WELL-TEMPERED
with the PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY of ORANGE COUNTY.
In a series of video clips, she takes us back to the years she was
up with Bach" in Canada with her parents as her
teachers, shares her insights on Bach, the
Well-Tempered Clavier and the piano,
and gives us a peek into her very own Trasimeno
HERE to watch VIDEO CLIPS.
reviewing a score with
LBO General Director
HOLLYWOOD MEETS OPERA...
MICHAEL YORK in LONG BEACH OPERA's "STRAUSS MEETS FRANKENSTEIN"
It is not a matter for
conjecture that among today's Hollywood celebrities, it is film
and stage actor MICHAEL YORK who knows his music and loves opera
with a passion. It is a fact: he is a regular at LA Opera
and is often seen at various classical music events in the Southland.
Most recently, he stepped on to the operatic stage as a performer,
obviously to his heart's delight. The audience who saw him at Long
Beach Opera's double-bill program entitled "STRAUSS MEETS FRANKENSTEIN"
had a treat as YORK took them on a journey— no! a wild ride—from
MELODRAMA to PAN-DEMONIUM. CLICK
HERE to find out what that was all about.
on OPERA YORK
ON WORDS & MUSIC
Classical is Classical and Pop is Pop...
But there's a pianist who never says
"The twine shall never meet."
He's CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY!
he's not touring with some of the world's great orchestras or "on
air" with his popular weekly show "From the Top"
on National Public Radio which he has now taken on the road to the
towns of America, he
unleashes his musical imagination in pursuit of his third calling—morphing
his favorite pop/rock songs into his very own classical-style arrangements.
And so, in him "the twine do meet!"
FanFaire had the opportunity to ask O'RILEY why
he does what he does—
in a videotaped interview following
his rehearsal for the WORLD PREMIER of his TRIBUTE TO NICK DRAKE
at UCLA's Royce Hall, as well as to tape portions of the rehearsal.
HERE to view the INTERVIEW
to view ORILEY at the piano playing his own POP TRANSCRIPTIONS.
that's not all! In April 2007, O'RILEY became the host of a show
on Public Television. In
May 2008, "FROM THE TOP AT CARNEGIE HALL"
begins its second season. An offshoot of his NPR radio show,
it likewise showcases America's brightest young classical musicians.
So... check your local PBS schedule for the broadcast times in your
area and see for yourself why classical music will thrive in America.
TICKET DISCOUNTS for FanFaire viewers
Soprano JESSYE NORMAN in recital
The Five Seasons: Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall and the Eternal
Season of Love
Thursday May 8, 2008,
at 8pm / Royce Hall (UCLA) / presented by UCLA
legendary American soprano, 2006 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award, returns to ROYCE HALL with joy, passion, and
"all that is virtuous in singing" in an uplifting program
that celebrates LOVE and THE FOUR SEASONS. Accompanied
by pianist MARK MARKHAM, Ms. NORMAN will sing works by Brahms,
Mahler, Gershwin, Schoenberg, and others
Ticket buyers MUST use promo code NORMA15.
Tickets can be purchased ON-LINE
or at 310-825-2101. No discounts to prior purchases.
for 1 TICKETS!!
FREDERICA VON STADE in recital
FRIDAY May 9, 2008,
at 8pm / Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802
presented by LONG
One of the world's most-beloved and celebrated mezzo-sopranos makes
Los Angeles appearance this season in a recital of 20th century
French and American works accompanied by JAKE
HEGGIE, popular composer of acclaimed operas (Dead
Man Walking, End of the Affair) and song cycles.
TICKETS: $110, 85, 65, 45, 30.
2 for 1 tickets can be purchased ONLY
through the BOX OFFICE: CALL (562) 432-5934.
Buyers MUST mention 2 for 1/FanFaire
when calling for tickets. Offer does NOT apply
to on-line purchases
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On a separate note: JAKE
HEGGIE' s newest CD has just been released by NAXOS
as part of its American Classics series. Entitled "FOR
A LOOK OR A TOUCH", this composition is a dramatic song cycle
that casts light on the fate of gay Germans in the Holocaust.
Commissioned by MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE, a Seattle-based organization
dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians through their art,
the work is based on a true story of two lovers torn apart forever
by the Holocaust. The libretto is by frequent HEGGIE collaborator
GENE SCHEER. CLICK
HERE to view HEGGIE's growing discography.
... will receive PITTRSBURGH OPERA's prestigious Maecenas
Award at a Gala Dinner on May 17, 2008 marking the twenty-fourth
time someone has thus been honored. Ms. GENAUX joins an illustrious
group of past winners who include: Dame Joan Sutherland, Beverly
Sills, Marilyn Horne, Stephanie Blythe, Shirley Verrett, Jake Heggie
and Terrence McNally.
About a week later on May 26, she performs a FREE RECITAL with pianist
Carlos de Aragon at the Chapelle Royale, Versailles, FRANCE.
Anyone wishing to receive free tickets(maximum of 2 per person),
MUST call the Conseil Général des Yvelines in Versailles.
TEL: (+ 33) 01 39
07 70 92.
LA OPERA BEGINS CELEBRATION OF
PUCCINI's 150th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY...
May 17, 2008 with the composer's popular opera TOSCA to
be performed in repertoire with LA RONDINE beginning June
TOSCA will run through June 21, receiving 10 performances
with soprano ADRIENNE PIECZONKA making her role debut as the famous
prima donna trapped in a love triangle between her lover, sung by
tenor NEIL SHICOFF and the town's treacheous police chief, played
by baritone JUAN PONS.
The rarely staged LA RONDINE, which ends the company's
current season, continues for six additional performances through
June 28. The opera, sweepingly romantic depiction of mistaken identities
and true love. is a hidden gem best known for its haunting aria,
"Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" stars soparano PATRICIA
RACETTE—who sang at PLACIDO DOMINGO's 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA
CONCERT —as Magda opposite tenor MARCUS HADDOCK's Ruggero.
The Puccini celebration will continue throughout 2008 with productions
of IL TRITTICO and MADAMA BUTTERFLY during the
first half of the coming season.
FLOYD's SUSANNAH ENDS OPERA
Opera Pacific's final offering of the season is a FIRST in more
ways than one: a) It is the first production of Floyd's landmark
opera in 25 years. b) It is the company's first presentation of
the opera. c) It is the first CARLISLE FLOYD opera to be included
in the company repertoire.
CARLISLE FLOYD is of course one of America's foremost opera composers,
and SUSANNAH, though inspired by the apocryphal story of
Susannah and the Elders, is an all-American folk opera about accusation
and lost innocence, set in Depression-era rural Tennessee, with
music based on folk songs and revival tunes. Soprano Pamela Armstrong
sings the title role, supported by a cast that includes bass Dean
Peterson as the preacher Olin Blitch.
PERFORMANCES: May 14, 18, 22 and 24 at the Orange County Performing
600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626. TICKETS: 714-546-6000
FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL July 20 - August 25, 2008
Start the countdown... Plan your summer around one of the
world's preeminent music festivals, held in one of the world's most
enchanting cities... and be transformed. There'll be more about
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