Saint Petersburg 12/15/2014
Saint Petersburg 12/15/2014
Teresa Stratas in the title role, 1974,
The Venezuelan dictator cancelled the National Youth Orchestra tour after conductor Dudamel spoke against the murder of one of its members, and against the new Constituent Assembly:
Here come the consequences. Youth orchestra conductor Gustavo de Dudamel’s questioning of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has cost him a tour. When Dudamel spoke out against the murder of 17-year-old Armando Cañizales, a violinist in the orchestra, he knew his words would burn deep. Cañizales was shot dead during a revolt against the president. But the matter did not end there.
Dudamel went even further, by publishing an article in EL PAÍS further critiquing the country’s controversial new Constituent Assembly, a body Maduro says will help bring peace to the crisis-hit country but which many believe is a veiled attempt by the leader to cling to power at all costs.
Contrary to the propaganda meme of the youth orchestra system being created by dictator Hugo Chávez, El País points out that
Venezuelan musician, educator and polymath José Antonio Abreu, now ill and retired from public life, created the system more than 40 years ago.
Dudamel’s schedule as director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is unaffected.
La Fanciulla del West,
Nina Stemme – Minnie
Tomasz Konieczny – Sheriff Jack Rance
Jonas Kaufmann – Dick Johnson (Ramerrez)
Norbert Ernst – Nick
Paolo Rumetz – Ashby
Boaz Daniel – Sonora
Michael Roider – Trin
Hans Peter Kammerer – Sid
Tae-Joong Yang – Bello
Peter Jelosits – Harry
Carlos Osuna – Joe
Clemens Unterreiner – Happy
Il Hong – Larkens
Jongmin Park – Billy Jackrabbit
Juliette Mars – Wowkle
Alessio Arduini – Jake Wallace
Alessio Arduini – José Castro
Wolfram Igor Derntl – Postillion
Wienes Staatsoper Orchester
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Staged at La Scala, 2011, Barenboim conducts, with Peter Mattei, Bryn Terfel and Anna Netrebko,
Bonus: Mattei very nimble at Rossini’s Largo al factotum,
My closing was delayed and I’m still in transit, but here’s Jonas,
From the YouTube description,
In memory of the great Richard Wagner and mindful of their own Wagner tradition, the Staatskapelle Dresden staged this glittering gala concert in the Semperoper on the eve of Richard Wagner’s bicentenary. They were directed by their principal conductor Christian Thielemann, indisputably one of the great Wagner conductors of our time, and he was joined by the hottest young heroic tenor of recent years, Jonas Kaufmann. The programme features the overtures to the Wagner operas written and premiered in Dresden – 1842 Rienzi, 1843 The Flying Dutchman and 1845 Tannhäuser – as well as great tenor scenes from Rienzi, Tannhäuser and Lohengrin. Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann was celebrated with bravos and tumultuous applause – as were the musicians and Thielemann
in Minsk! in Russian!
Special thanks to Judith.
Friday afternoon diversion!