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I Have The Best Voice Ever

The Young Man With The Leathery Hand: Horowitz Plays Chopin Nocturne in F Minor Opus 55

Chopin Nocturne in F Minor Opus 55

Il Bacio di Tosca!

Angela Gheorghiu has now recovered from her sickness and has sung two performances of Tosca at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. Really recommend going and seeing it. A heart-wrenching thriller! For those of you who didn't read my other post, you can find it here.  This production of Tosca is conducted by Maestro Nicola Luisotti. The cast includes Angela Gheorghiu, Massimo Giordano, Roberti Frontali, Christian Van Horn, Joel Sorensen, Ryan Kuster, Ao Li, and Dale Travis. 
ACT I. Cesare Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, rushes into the church of Sant' Andrea della Valle to hide in the Attavanti chapel. As he vanishes, an old Sacristan shuffles in, praying at the sound of the Angelus. Mario Cavaradossi enters to work on his portrait of Mary Magdalene - inspired by the Marchesa Attavanti (Angelotti's sister), whom he has seen but does not know. Taking out a miniature of the singer Floria Tosca, he compares her raven beauty with that of the blonde Magdalene (…

Le Nozze di Figaro

Has anyone ever heard of LeNozze di Figaro? No? How about The Marriage of Figaro? No? Yes? The Marriage of Figaro/ Le Nozze di Figaro is a comic opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Johnathon Miller's 1998 production of Le Nozze di Figaro returned to the Met this season. The 11/29/12 performance of Le Nozze di Figaro had been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. They still have a performance on 12/10/12, 12/13/12, and 12/17/12.

The performances are conducted by David Robertson. Guess what was very untypical about this Mozartarian opera? There was a piano. A piano? What?! Yes, a piano in Mozart's orchestra. Dan Saunders accompanied the singers during the recitative moments. What about the harpsichord? Yeah, I know, Mozart recitatives should be performed with a harpsichord. but David Robertson decided to make something untypical in this production. The 1998 production itself is very Mozart like and a typical Figaro. That is the one main reason why David Robertson added the grand pian…

The Young Man With The Leathery Hand Presents:

The Young Man With The Leathery Hand is a new part of the Diva which provides classical piano music for opera fans who love the fortepiano. Thanks for watching!

Orsu Tosca Parlate

Why The Oceans Are Blue

Bitter - Sweet Premiere of Tosca at the SF Opera

Puccini's masterpiece Tosca has always been famous in the operatic circle, and it remains so till this very day. On November 15, Angela Gheorghiu premiered in SF Opera's production of Tosca, but only sang the first act. Unfortunately, she suffered an intestines flu, and the doctor said that she was dehydrated. David Gockley, general director at the War Memorial Opera House, came out during the intermission in between the first act and the second act and announced that Ms. Gheorghiu will not continue singing, and that she is now rushed to the hospital. Melody Moore, Angela Gheorghiu's cover, sang the rest of the performance. We all hope that Ms. Gheorghiu gets better soon.

The stunning cast includes Angela Gheorghiu as the diva Floria Tosca burning with hatred, love and jealousy; Massimo Giordano as the lustful and rebellious Mario Cavaradossi; Roberto Frontali as the cruel but determined Baron Scarpia; and Christian Van Horn as Angelotti.

The second stunning cast includes…