Sumi Jo: a tribute to Maria Callas in Australia

The South Korean Grammy Award winning soprano, Sumi Jo, is internationally renowned for her interpretations of the bel canto repertoire. On November, during her concert tour in Australia, she dazzled the audience with a tribute to the great Maria Callas. In this occasion, the soprano was elegantly accompanied by Gary Matthewman on piano.

Ms. Sumi Jo loves wearing lavish haute couture dresses custom-made by the designer Seo Seung-Yeon. Often the diva wears gowns made of sumptuous fabrics, voluminous skirts, close-fitting bodices, huge trains, ruffles and colourful crystals.

In the photos, some examples of the gowns worn in Australian concerts.

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Parade of stars at the Richard Tucker Gala 2016

On October 30th the Carnegie Hall in New York hosted the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala. The concert, conducted by Asher Fisch, was attended by many opera stars. Many of the attendees were previously awarded by the Tucker Foundation – Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Jamie Barton and the winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award, Tamara Wilson, a rising star of worldwide lyric opera. The American mezzo-soprano chose two custom-made outfits. The first was a green-myrtle gown with draped fit at the bust and black lace insert embroidered with sequins on one side; lace sleeves too. The second was draped pink silk satin gown with boat neckline and the black border.

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Blue draped evening dress with sweetheart neckline and lace sleeves for the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. She and Joyce Di Donato brought sublime beauty to a duet from Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”.

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Joyce Di Donato  wore an evening dress created for her by Vivienne Westwood: pink sequined one-shoulder dress had a knot on the back, sweetheart neckline, tight pointed bustier and pleated skirt.

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Also soprano Kristine Opolais chose a dress change: black sequined long dress with cowl neck and mermaid white gown with hand-painted red motifs by Isoude.

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A standout moment included Anna Netrebko’s performance. The primadonna wore a Zac Posen black sleeveless V-neck satin ball gown with fitted bodice, full skirt with pleating. The outfit was completed with red fire pumps by Evelina Khromtchenko and diamonds earrings from Chopard.

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Also from Zac Posen the yellow chiffon long dress worn by soprano Nadine Sierra.

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Photos: Dario Acosta, Hiroyuki Ito, Medici.tv

Eleonora Buratto: a special night in Mantova

On October 12 in Mantova, sold out for the recital of Eleonora Buratto – the Italian soprano who is singing in the most prestigious theaters in the world – and the pianist Nazzareno Carusi. The charity event was in favor of the association for Debra Children Alto Adige.
The two artists have proposed a program with classic opera arias and romances of Francesco Paolo Tosti and Franco Alfano.

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For this special occasion, Eleonora wore a very classy off the shoulder neckline black gown with mermaid skirt by  La Petite Robe – Chiara Boni.

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For the first time, the soprano wore the creations of Iannaccone Jeweler: white gold and diamond jewelery with elegant and refined design. They are perfect to represent the crystalline beauty of Eleonora!

The day after the recital, the fashion designer Martino Midali has organized a cocktail party in honor of the soprano and Midali’s ambassador in his store in Mantova. Eleonora was a special model for the presentation of the winter collection 16/17: colorful dresses, A-line dresses, circular graphics, wool or alpaca coats, jersey with gold inserts, dresses and blouses with lace.

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Martino Midali – Winter collection 2016-2017

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Martino Midali – Winter collection 2016-2017

Obviously Martino Midali’s the long dress worn by Eleonora: in stretch viscose with voile insert on the bottom, round neckline and three-quarter sleeves, oval body. Red coral necklace in silk and viscose.

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Sonya Yoncheva for Opera News

The magazine Opera News, November 2016 issue, dedicates a long interview with the Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva after her success as Norma at Royal Opera House.

The photo-shoot by Fernando Pinheiro shows Sonya in excellent form with outfits that highlight its strong and impactful personality (http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2016/11/Features/Soul_Sister.html)

Beautiful pictures in black and white! In a photo, the artist wonderfully wearing a white dress by Azzedine Alaïa, one of her favorite fashion-designers. This is like a breathe of sartorial fresh air. Featuring a slash neck, long sleeves and fitted bodice it accentuates the female form, while the full shape skirt exemplifies the tailoring, or rather sculpting that the maison is famed for. Also Alaïa the metallic silver leather sandal with  floral laser-cut detailing.

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In the second photo, the soprano wearing off the shoulder blouse made in black satin crepe material with cropped flared sleeves and coordinated skirt by Ellery. Azzedine Alaïa sandals. Necklace in white gold and diamonds by Bulgari, Diva dream’s collection.

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Anna Netrebko at Echo Klassik 2016

Among the international stars of classical music, Anna Netrebko couldn’t miss!  Also this year, the opera superstar was awarded with Echo Klassik as Singer of the Year 2016.

For the red carpet at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Russian soprano wore a special creation of one of her favorite designers Irina Vitjaz. An outfit with a long flute skirt that creates a contoured silhouette and a jacket with peplum pattern. Beautiful pink textured fabric with silver thread. From Chopard the diamonds circular earrings.

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For the on-stage performance, Anna wore “Turandot” dress created for her by the Slovakian fashion-designer Boris Hanecka. A dream, sparkling dress with a combination of white-champagne and dark blue silk  with cristal embroidery. For a dazzling effect under the chandeliers and lights in the theatre!

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Operafashion shows the sketch of the dress by courtesy of Boris Hanecka.

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Boris Hanecka – Turandot dress

Olga Peretyatko at Echo Klassik 2016

The Echo Klassik is the most important German music award in the classical field. The coveted trophy, which gives the Federation of the Phonographic Industry every year for new CDs, were awarded in 22 categories to 57 winners.

On 9 October, the Echo Klassik 2016 was awarded at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Also this year, meets the award the international classical music elite, including international stars such as Olga Peretyatko, who took the prize as Solo Recording with her album “Rossini!”.

For the red carpet, the Russian soprano wore a long dress by  Talbot Runhof. This garment is made of verdigris satin duchesse that has been embroidered with literally millions of sequins. When you wear this dress the combination of the fabric and the beautiful cape attached to this style results in a smashing appearance!

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Talbot Runhof – Sequins dress

During the performance the dress was from Halston Heritage: sleeveless satin gown with an ombre tiered skirt. So charming!

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Halston Heritage – Satin gown

Photo: Sony Classical, Markus Nass

Carmen Giannattasio in Vatican

Yesterday afternoon Pope Franciscus opened yesterday at Sala Nervi in Vatican City a conference «Sport at the Service of Humanity», together with the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, the Anglican Primate Justin Welby, representatives of the Orthodox patriarchates of Constantinople and Moscow, Jewish and Muslim leaders, as well as numerous sports, including Olympic champions.

To enriching the ceremony two musical performances by pianist Lang Lang and soprano Carmen Giannattasio.

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The Italian soprano wore a black silk dress from Antonio Riva and was adorned by wonderful Bulgari necklace and earrings in white gold and diamonds.

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