A magic night for Maria Josè Siri

Thirteen minutes of applause for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly under the direction of maestro Riccardo Chailly and directed by Alvis Hermanis have opened the season of Teatro alla Scala in Milan. This first night, “La prima”, is always held on 7 December, feast day of Saint Ambrose, patron saint of the city. For this Butterfly, maestro…

Anna shines in Salzburg with Swarovski

Some costumes in this year’s Salzburger Festspiele are very special because they are covered with countless crystals by Swarovski. On August 1, during Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in concert version, Anna wore a gown designed by Jan Meier, costume designer at this year’s Festspiele.  The illusion bateau neckline bodice has a sweetheart lining and chic cap…

Ermonela Jaho shines not only on the stage

In early March, the Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho returned to Royal Opera House in London for a revival of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. As in 2011, her success was glorious: she was entirely heartbreaking as Suor Angelica; “her soft singing in Senza mamma could have been straight from a lullaby to a sleeping child, and it made…

Semplicemente Diva! – Simply Diva!

Angela Gheorghiu, nazionalità rumena, superdiva planetaria della lirica, sa rendere ogni sua intervista o apparizione pubblica un appuntamento glamour e degno di essere ricordato: “Basta la mia presenza per diffondere emozione. Ho questa voce che regala struggimento”. Protagonista assoluta di un’applauditissima produzione di Tosca di G. Puccini alla Royal Opera House di Londra nel 2011,…