This week I have no opera-unrelated cultural news to share. So I’ll share something opera-related instead, my new discovery:classicaltv.com
Everybody around the world probably knows about it already. Anyway, once you log in, it takes you to numerous operas from all around the world that you can watch for free, or not.
So last night I watched a free Act 1 of Gluck’s Orphee et Euridice from Thearte du Chatelet(1999) with Magdalena Kozena in the title role.
What a beautiful opera: I was very impressed! I have to confess – I am really passionate about early music. Gluck, Purcell, Handel make my world, but Gluck certainly reigns there. His music is out of this world, and so full of life, energy, intense beauty, and so modern at times!
Needless to say, that J’ai perdu mon Euridice is a real gem, but how about Objet de mon amour? Ah-h, it left me speechless!
I really liked the way the performance was staged. Nothing extra, no lavish costumes or scenery, no extravagance at all, but obviously, not for budget reasons. This was just how the director saw it. Dark stage, dark costumes, almost no scenery…and just right to the point. I believed it.
Choreographically the whole thing was weird and exquisite. Dark silhouettes moving slowly among the dark cypresses, mask-looking faces… And Magdalena, looking so masculine and yet so feminine... confusing, a little creepy and beautiful!
Maybe I’ll pay the money and watch the whole thing after all!
Magdalena Kozena has quite a voice! So, just out of curiosity, I searched her online and this was what I found - isn't it something?
Shriver Hall, Baltimore MD
Sunday, February 21st at 5:30
SCHUMANN: Liederkreis, Op. 39
RAVEL: Histoires Naturelles, Op. 50
RACHMANINOFF: Songs, Op. 38
BARTÓK: Dorfszenen, BB 87a
(Program subject to change)
Tickets @ $33.00
Oh, what on earth did Baltimore do to be so lucky and get every great artist just like that for low prices? For everything below $50.00 we consider low these days, right?
Don't ask me if I am planning to go - I don't have the answer yet. Check with me in a couple of months.