Latest La Traviata Stories

2008-09-19 15:00:32

By CRAIG SMITH When I first heard about East Village Opera Company's specialty of rock, jazz, or pop-song renditions of operatic arias, I was skeptical. When Olde School, the company's new disc, crossed my desk, I was even more dubious. Eeeeeee, I thought, what's this going to be like? But after several listenings, I became a convert. Not at the head of the choir, perhaps, but definitely in the fold. Several reasons. For one, the performances are first-rate, both technically and...

2006-01-15 14:48:16

By Anastasia Tsioulcas NEW YORK (Billboard) - It is not often today that an opera singer captures pop culture's imagination. So the success of soprano Anna Netrebko, who is blessed with a lissome voice and looks to match, is that much sweeter. But the mercurial singer is not quite ready for the spotlight, as evidenced by her decision to cancel her March 2 solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall. After two successful solo albums (her 2003 debut, "Opera Arias," and 2004's "Sempre Libera")...

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