May 22, 2015

WEST SIDE STORY !

At next year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Cecilia will sing Maria in West Side Story! Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

I've summed it up here:

http://www.gramilano.com/2015/05/cecilia-bartoli-to-sing-maria-in-west-side-story/

Exciting!

17 comments:

  1. That's something one could not have expected. Thank you for the news!

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  2. Ifigenia was superb, she's singing better than ever and it's an inmense honor to have her Art here in Austria but .. ¿west side story? I adore Cecilia and love her versatility but I think this is too much.. go back to castrati stuff Ceci! only you can revive the legend and mystic of those lost voices.

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  3. I really don't like this. This must be the first thing I don't like her to sing. But hey, it's her choice ;)

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  4. I don't think that she'll give up baroque or classical music and now starts a career as a musical star. She is curious, she loves to challenge and to be challenged.

    Open up your mind - I learnt to trust her. Everything she sang became a gem and often let me look at it from a different point of view than before. :)

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    1. No she will never give up baroque and classical music I think. It's just that I hate musicals. The music doesn't interest me at all. But I'm sure she will do great.

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    2. Spencer, musicals aren't my cup of tea either, but Westside Story is different. I always loved it. So I myself am very fine with her choice.

      I have the impression that Cecilia wants to leave the trodden paths and doesn't want to be the small clone of the summer festival, where you have an extreme name dropping of singers, actors, pieces.

      And furthermore, I think she wants to reach especially people like you (and me) and move us to a great musical she's very convinced of - we probably never did without her impulse.

      I wouldn't follow her into a football stadium, in case she chose to make a show there - but anywhere else.

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    3. I'm not a musical fan at all, either. But I love West Side Story.
      Cecilia has never delivered anything mediocre, which cannot be said by many of the so called stars in the classical music.
      West Side Story is not just a musical, it's simply grand music, composed by one of the best conductors of the last century. If you listen to Bernsteins own recording, you will immediately understand, why he chose opera singers for the main roles. Besides that, he has written not only flashy (and very complex) music for West Side Story but some of the most beautiful and sad moments ever. You can get a hint on what we can expect next year here : www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_NelA3ZW4g (we have to excuse the stupid coughs and the too early applause).
      I think, we will have a lot of fun with that production.
      The only thing, that makes me sad is, that she won't sing in anything more next Whitsun.

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    4. I must say, the more I deal with it, the more I find it so so cool that Cecilia makes a musical on Whitsun Festival! Watch the full version of the studio takes with Leonard Bernstein himself (Kiri Te Kanawa as Maria, José Carreras as Tony...).

      And I love the energy of Dudamel and his orchestra! I wonder if the dapper Salzburg audience will allow to be thrilled by all this. :)

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  5. Iphigenie was really fantastic, I agree! There's one beautiful moment I would really like to share with you. I heard Philippe Jaroussky's Händel concert, it was beautifully sung and very well accompanied by Nathalie Stutzmann's Orfeo 55. We were surprised when Ms Stutzmann turned around and joined Philippe with his third encore, singing "Son nata lagrimar" from Giulio Caesare. It was such a breathtaking moment and I was happy to sit very near Cecilia Bartoli, who was actually moved to tears with emotion!
    Alexander

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    1. She was not the only one...
      That duet was one of the most moving moments, I have experienced. When they held each other, comforting each other as mother and son, at the end of the duet, that was perfection and gave us the feeling of an actually staged production of Giulio Cesare. Like you said, Alexandre: breathtaking and heartwrenching to the highest point.
      Cecilia's Iphigénie was not of this world. Utterly unbelievable.

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  6. Thanks, Alexander. It was indeed a deeply touching sung duet - remember the seconds of silence afterwards. Whose eyes remained dry?

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  7. Here a link to Stutzmann and Jaroussky singing "Son nata/nato a lagrimar" - for all of us who haven't been in Salzburg (like me) or missed the Jaroussky concert there:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unb-z1KT3_c

    And here Jaroussky and von Otter with the duet in the Salzburg production of Giulio Cesare in 2012 (fortunately I've been there):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tQVenxJwgE

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  8. Thanks a lot, it's absolutely fantastic, Who is this lady, her voice is amazing.

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    1. With pleasure!
      Nathalie Stutzmann, French Alto singer, founder of the Chamber Orchestra Orfeo 55, conductor
      Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish Mezzosoprano singer

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  9. It's always nice to discover something new, it's like finding a new treasures or something like that. Anyway thanks again ☺️

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  10. That was wonderful. Thank you.

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  11. Many consider West Side Story by Bernstein to be the greatest American opera. Often that group includes myself.

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