If you want to know all about Rolando's concert together with Nino Machaidze the day before yesterday in Athens look at Parisfal's blog. He attended to the concert in the front row ! He wrote a wonderful, very detailed and lovely post about it. With a lot of fantastic photos, too ! Thank you so so much Parsi for sharing your experiences with us !
Because of the upcoming of Anna's new album "Souvenirs" on 7th november (look at one of my older posts for more information), Deutsche Grammophon created a site especially for "Souvenirs". There you can listen to the whole new album, watch photos, videos, etc. A real gift for fans ! Click here, if you want to get on the side.
Today Rolando will give his first recital in Athens/Greece in the Megaron together with the 25 year old georgian soprano Nino Machaidze. The first time they stand on stage together was at the last Salzburger Festspiele in "Roméo et Juliette". For more information (about the recital) and photos of the press conference look at Parsifal's.
The rules 1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Anna Netrebko was my tagger. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. 4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. 5. If you don't have 7 blog friends, or if someone else already took dibs, then tag some unsuspecting strangers.
The 7 facts
1. My favourite operas are Manon, La Bohème and La Traviata (I have a lot of others I love, too but telling them all is too long ^^) 2. If I will have finished school I want to study political science 3. Next year I try to travell the Salzburger Festspiele (sure to Anna's recital ^^) 4. Like Anna (and a lot of other woman) I love fashion ! I often go shopping with my friends, jewelery, bags, shoes, skirts, dresses, scarf...I love it all =) 5. In 2005 I was member of the World Youth Day in Cologne. A really great experience ! 6. I love travelling till now I have been in Rome, Straßbourg, Berlin (2x), Cologne, Bonn and littel villages in Italy for relaxing (and Austria not to forget) 7. My biggest wish is to see Anna and Rolando live one time, best in Manon <3 ^^
The ones I tag
1. Villazonistas, a blog created of Theresa, Tosca and Villazonistas about Rolando. They are located in Spain. 2. Parsifal, owner of the blog Parsifal79, a greek blog about opera and opera singer (Rolando and others) 3. Jessica is the owner of the blog Jessicamusic. A blog where you can find the latest news about opera. 4. Opera is magic, a blog about...I think the title makes it clear ; ) 5. Opera I love, surprise, surprise it's about opera xD xD 6.Opera blog 7. and the last: hmmm, sorry I don't know any more blogs ; )
The DVD of the recording of "Roméo et Juliette" of the Salzburger Festspiele 2008 with Rolando as Roméo and Nino Machaidze (as Anna's agency because of her pregnancy) as Juliette will be released in January 2009 at Deutsche Grammophon. A blu-ray disc will also be available.
Yesterday evening I travelled to Munich to watch La Bohème in the cinema. And I can tell you all the film is absolutely fantastic !!! The sceneries are made so lovely and they are so "real" just like the costumes. Anna and Rolando are great actors ! They are playing Mimì and Rodolfo with such a conviction and feelings. Another praise goes to Nicole Cabel as Musetta, George von Bergen as Marcello, Adrin Eröd as Schaunard and Vitalij Kowaljow as Colline (and sure to all the others who make this film to what it is). They are the best friends/acting collueges which Rodolfo/Rolando could have ! All to the fore Nicole Cabel, she acts really, really great ! Like she acts in Musetta's waltz is fantastic. The story is full of tragedy but it doesn't forget to give the audience also a "piece of fun". I love the scene in act IV when Rodolfo and his friends are fighting and having a good time, you can really see the fun they had in their eyes ! Rolando can really show his clownish core. The most "strongest" scene was the dieing of Mimì, I have to cry a lot during the film, but that was the time a have cried waterfalls...it is so heardbreaking if Rolando/Rodolfo crys the last words "Mimì, Mimì" into the night...the last picture you see is top view the death Mimì lying on Rodolfo's bed completely alone in the empty room...I think could still telling on and on =) There is so much talking and telling about ! But I don't want to antendate to much ^^ I hope you all will be able soon to watch Bohème in cinema or DVD !
Anna's fiancé Erwin Schrott talkes about Anna and Tiago Arua in the lastest issue of the austrian magazine MADONNA24. The read the whole interview (in german) click here
I will soon post the english translation on the blog, but it could last a little bit longer because today I'm going to see La Bohème =) Sure I will post my experiences and argument about the film soon, too.
Rolando suffers on a "trachea inflammation". When he played his last Lensky on wednesday, he only moved his lips to the voice of the procuration tenor Sergej Khomov. He still takes antibiotics, but he will be able to sing Lensky today evening again.
I wish you only the best ! I hope you will get healthy soon ! (I know how silly such flus etc are, at the moment I have the flu, too ^^)
Rolando will sing at the benefit concert for the restoration of the state opera Berlin on 9th november in Berlin. The Staatskapelle will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim. For more information about the concert click here
A new CD called "Christmas with the stars" will be released on 21th november at EMI. Rolando will sing there next others like Roberto Alagna or Natalie Dessay international christmas songs. For more detailed information about the CD klick here
Four tracks out of "Souvenirs" are already published at Anna's facebook side. "Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiß" - Giuditta (Franz Lehár), "Barcarolle" - Les contes d'Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach), "Depuis le jour" - Louise (Gustave Charpentier) and "Il bacio" (Luigi Arditi). Just listen and enjoy it !
A new CD called "Classical love songs" will be released at Deutsche Grammophon in January 2009. Anna and Rolando will sing there next others like Elina Garanca or Plácido Domingo works by Bernstein, Bizet, Donizetti, Lehár, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Saint-Saëns and Verdi. Unfortunately more details are not available, yet.
Yesterday was the award of the ECHO Classic Awards 2008 at the Philharmonie in Munich. Anna and Rolando were awarded in the category "Best selling CD of the year" for their CD "Duets". Anna was also awarded in the category "Music DVD production of the year/Opera" for her recording of "Le nozze di Figaro" as Susanna at the Salzburger Festspiele 2006. The complete list of the winners is available at the ZDF homepage
Like some austrians medias recently announced, should Anna suffer on postnatal depressions. This assumption was activated by her longtime friend and director of "La Bohème" Robert Dornhelm, because of his evidence at the premiere "What Anna now needs desperately is time and calmness together with her family". This should be the reason for not coming to the premiere on 8th october.
I don't know if this information is right or only a myth by the medias, but if it is the truth I can only wish her all the best and enough power to get of it.
The original soundtrack of the complete opera movie will be released on 24th october at Deutsche Grammophon. A Highlight version of La Bohème will be released on 24th october, too. Both recordings are based on a concertant performance of Bohème in Munich 2007.
"Souvenirs" will be released on 7th november 2008 at Deutsche Grammophon. The CD was recorded in Prague in March 2008. Contributors were the latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, the polish tenor Piotr Beczala and the 14 years old british boy-soprano Andrew Swait. Emmanuel Villaume conducted the prague philharmonia. On 5th september released already a single extration of "Souvenirs". 1€of every sold CD was contributed to the SOS-Kinderdörfer.
Yesterday was the premiere of La Bohème at the Cineplexx Wienerberg in Vienna. Unfortunately Anna wasn't there because of "important personal reasons" as her management announced. At the moment she is in New York with Tiago because Erwin stays there for a few performances of Don Giovanni at the Met. Rolando was there with his wife Lucía (it was their marriage day yesterday). La Bohème will take place in the german cinemas on 23th october.
(I know that I actually don't have any rights on the pictures, but please don't post them anywhere ! I really needed a long time to create them and they are made with all my love for them both, so please respect this. You can of course save them for your personal gallery if you want. Thanks)
Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón - World's greatest opera couple
Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón - Welcome back on stage "Traumpaar"
Anna and Rolando are my absolutely favorite couple in opera ! There's such a special chemistry between them. I decided to make a blog devoted to Anna AND Rolando and not even one about Anna OR Rolando. I hope you will like my blog. Constructional animadversion is desired and I am thankful for all suggestions !