San Diego’s Opera Season 2011 is already well underway, but it is never to late to attend a live performance, with Der Rosenkavalier playing now (performances on April 9, 12), followed by Faust later in April, and Carmen as the grande finale in May, closing out the 2011 season. Want to get well versed in the libretto or listen to some of the most famous arias, before the performance, you can find what you are looking for right here!
The lushly scored music of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier brings to life the story of the Marschallin, a beautiful and elegant noblewoman neglected by her husband. Her torrid affair with the handsome young Octavian brings her intense pleasure, but reinforces her fear of losing him, as well as her beauty and youth.
Aria, Opera Without Words [sound recording] / Jean-Yves Thibaudet with an aria from Rosenkavalier and other famous operas.
The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Opera / William Berger explains opera; the stories, the composers, the great operas, the total opera experience.
Sell your soul to the Devil and there’ll be hell to pay! Faust trades his soul for eternal youth, seduces innocent Marguerite, then leaves her to battle the Devil for salvation. Opera’s golden couple, Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez, return as Faust and Marguerite, joined by Greer Grimsley, as a fiendishly suave Devil. Journey back to a Gothic Germany, where Gounod’s gorgeous music will sweep you up into a spine-tingling night of opera.
Great Opera Arias [DVD] : a Gala Concert from the Royal Opera House / a BBC-Covent Garden has solos from both Faust and Carmen as well as other famous operas.
Gods, Kings & Demons [sound recording] / René Pape with many selections from Faust.
Carmen is one hot gypsy – but play with her and you will get burned. Naïve young soldier Don José falls for her, leaving his sweetheart Micaëla for a life of crime with Carmen’s gang of gypsy smugglers. But when Carmen callously drops José for superstar “Toreador” Escamillo, his jealousy ignites, bursting into an emotional bonfire that could destroy them all. (San Diego Opera)
Carmen [DVD] / The Metropolitan Opera, see and hear the complete production of Carmen at the Met!
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