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Forgotten Opera Singers: Lina Scavizzi (Soprano) (Ascoli Piceno 1898 - ?)

Forgotten Opera Singers: Lina Scavizzi (Soprano) (Ascoli Piceno 1898 - ?) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
She made her debut in 1919 at the Teatro La Fenice of Venice as Giorgetta in ‘’Tabarro’’. The next year she sang at the Teatro Comunale in Cesena as Francesca in F.  Zandonai’s ‘’Francesca da Rimini’’, which counted as one of her star roles. In 1924 she  undertook a very successful Australia tour. She sang the role of Francesca in 1927 at the Teatro Carlo Felice inGenoa as a partner of Giulio Crimi and Carmelo Maugeri. In 1927 at Switzerland she appeared as a member of Max Sauter's opera troupe.  She retired from the stage during the early 1930’s.
Chronology of some appearances
  • 1920 Cesena Teatro Comunale Francesca da Rimini (Francesca)
  • 1922  Trieste   Teatro Verdi   Jacquerie di G.Marinuzzi
  • 1924 Melbourne  His Majestic Tosca (Tosca)
  • 1926 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro Mohamed Alì Tosca (Tosca)
  • 1929  Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Tosca (Tosca)
  • 1931 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
  • 1932 Roma Teatro Dell'Opera Tosca (Tosca)
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Planet Opera: Finding Summer Opera Off The Beaten Path

Planet Opera: Finding Summer Opera Off The Beaten Path | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

With many opera houses soon shutting their doors for the summer, if they have not done so already, those of us who love the art form must look elsewhere. The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London will be presenting two monumental works, Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Verdi’s Otello, soon in the run-up to the Olympic games. Munich’s Bavarian State Opera is, as always, an unrivaled venue every July. Good opera will be available in Paris as well.

In the United States, apart from the always-excellent Santa Fe Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, which has been ascendent recently under the leadership of Francesca Zambello, there are other worthy destinations.

There are other worthy festivals off the beaten path that merit your attention because they maintain a charming local flavor that is hard to find at the major destinations.

Two of my favorite lesser-known festivals are, of course, in Italy. One is in Macerata in the central region of Le Marche. This city is one’s idea of what an Italian hill town is, complete with churches, piazzas, great food and wine, and an opera festival. This one takes place in the Sferisterio, a 200-year old semi-circular stadium with a high wall that was once used for handball (above). The wall makes for superb acoustics and the productions are grand. This year, on four weekends from July 20 to August 12, you can see La Traviata, La Bohéme and Carmen.

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Sferisterio Opera Festival - 48ª Stagione Lirica 2012

Sferisterio Opera Festival - 48ª Stagione Lirica 2012 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Verdi - La Traviata
20, 29 luglio 4, 12 agosto - ore 21.00

Giacomo Puccini - La Bohéme
21, 27 luglio 5, 10 agosto - ore 21.00


Georges Bizet - Carmen
22, 28 luglio 3, 11 agosto - ore 21.00


For more infos click on the photo or http://www.sferisterio.it 

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Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria (Pergolesi Spring Festival, Jesi, Ancona)

Available from Opus Arte on DVD and Blu-ray http://www.opusarte.com/en/pergolesi-adriano-in-siria-pergolesi-spring-festival-jesi-ancona.html http://www.opusa...
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Who ever said opera was boring? | Saddam "Nabuchodonosor" Hussein at Macerata

Who ever said opera was boring? | Saddam "Nabuchodonosor" Hussein at Macerata | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A Babylonian despot takes the Jews into captivity. Rebuked by God, he releases them.

It seems simple enough, but it hasn't stopped opera directors from tweaking Verdi's transitional masterpiece set in 6th century BC towards modern analogies.
For director Gabriele Vacis at this year's Macerata Opera Festival, Nabucco is set in a parched Jerusalem desert where water is the most precious commodity and Babylonian walls are panels of 8000 plastic bottles. Nabuchodonosor is reincarnated as a pre-2003/Operation Red Dawn Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Levites are Guantanamo prisoners in orange jumpsuits and white yarmulkes. Add heat-packing suicide bombers and a horse.
While most directors exault patriotism and liberty of oppressed, displaced populations, Vacis focuses purely on conflict:  "Not to reductively modernize Verdi's masterpiece, but it's one way of making it contemporary, like today where we see the eternal struggle between the oppressors and the oppressed." [...]

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[...] Picture gallery of 20 opera productions which have made the headlines or captivated audiences over the past 20 years. Read on for a journey through the most extravagant, the most controversial, the most gory and the most memorable opera productions of the last two decades…


http://www.classical-music.com/article/20-landmark-opera-productions-%E2%80%93-picture-gallery 

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Google doodles frogs on leap day and Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's 220th birthday

Google doodles frogs on leap day and Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's 220th birthday | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

For a day that comes rarely to the calendar, Google has doodled a rare two-in-one doodle that commemorates not only the leap day but also the 220th birth anniversary of the Italian, Le Marche composer Gioachino Rossini.
Since the leap years and leap days are usually associated with frogs, the leaping ambhibians, the Google doodle on February 29 has a number of frogs, all four of them.
The doodle is inspired by Gioachino Antonio Rossini's famous 1816 comic opera The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), one of the most performed operas. Of the four frogs in the scene, one is at the piano and the soprano is the only one leaping. The barber frog is Figaro and the frog getting a shave is Count Almaviva (Characters created by French playright Pierre Beaumarchais and The Barber of Seville is one of the three Figaro plays penned by him).

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Forgotten Opera Singers: Luigi Marini (Ascoli Piceno, Italy 1885 - Ascoli Piceno, Italy 1942)

Forgotten Opera Singers: Luigi Marini (Ascoli Piceno, Italy 1885 - Ascoli Piceno, Italy 1942) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

He made his debut in 1908 at Mariani of Ravenna in ‘’Traviata’’. In 1909 at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo heappeared as Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’ of Ponchielli. In 1912 he had at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome a superb success as Hagenbach in '’’La Wally’’ of Catalani and as Rodolfo in Puccini’s ‘’La Bohème’’. He guested at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Cesena, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Comunale in Bologna and

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