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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Fra Diavolo is an opera comique in three acts by French composer Daniel-Esprit Auber, first performed at the Opera-Comique, Paris on January 28, 1830. It is based on the life of the Napolitan bandit Michele Pezza, active in the southern Italy in the period of 1800-1806.
It was considered as the most successful work of comic opera before Offenbach.
The stamp shows composer Auber and the score page of the opera.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Opera in 4 acts by Verdi; libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni from the French prose of Camille du Locle, plot by Mariette Bey, premiered in Cairo December 24, 1871.
Aida was not, as generally supposed, written for the openning of the Suez Canal(1869), but was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt to open the new Cairo Opera House the same year.
The American Musical has been a part of American cultural life since the mid-19th century.
At the turn of 20th-century, George Cohan, librettist, lyricist, and composer, established the basic methods and techniques for the American Comedy. In 1927 "Show Boat" by Jerome Kern revolutionized to new genre-the musical play as distingwished from musical comedy.
After "Oklahoma", Rogers and Hammerstein II were the most important contributions to the musical-play form.
Opera by Karl-Birger Blomdahl, a Swedish composer; libretto by Lindegren based on the poem by Harry Martinson; premiered in 1959.
The plot is: Controlled by the computer Mima, the space ship Aniara leaves the poisoned earth heading to Mars. The opera deals with the relationship between the individual and the group through time.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Opera in 4 acts, with a prologue, by Mussorgsky; libretto by the composer after Pushkin's drama-"The Comedy of the Distress of the Muscovite State, of Tsar Boris, and of Grishka Otrepiev" and Karamazin's "History of the Russian Empire"; premiered the whole opera in St. Petersburg on February 8, 1874.
Hungarian State Opera House is a neo-Renaissance opera house located in central Pest, a part of Budapest. It was designed by Miklos Ybl, a Hungarian architect, the construction lasted from 1875 to 1884. The first music director was Frenec Erkel, other known conductors were: Gustave Mahler, Otto Klemperer.
Originally known as K. K. Theater an der Burg, is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatre in the world.
Three Mozart's operas premiered there; The Abduction of Serail, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi Fan Tutte.
On March 12, 1945 the theater was largely destroyed during the war, then it was restored between 1953-1955.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Opera in 2 acts by Mozart; libretto by Metastasio, altered by Mazzola; premiered in Prague on September 6, 1791.
The plot concerns the unremitting clemency of a Roman emperor to conspirators against him.
Some 20 other composers wrote the same story to operas including Gluck.
A Ukrainian comic opera with spoken dialogue in three acts with music and libretto by Semen Hulak-Artmovsky.
The opera, premiered with Russian libretto on April 26, 1863 at St. Petersburg, is one of the best-known Ukrainian operas depicting national themes.
The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb was established in 1840. In 1870 a national opera company was formed based out of the theater. The theater moved to current building in 1895.
Ivan Zajc was the first conductor, Jackov Gotovac was the theater's opera conductor from 1923 to 1958.
Old Residence Theatre is the former court theatre of the residence in Munich. It was built from 1751 to 1753 by Francois de Cuvillies in rococo style.
Many operas were staged here by the Bavarian State Opera, including the premieres of Mozart's "Idomeneo" in 1781 and Carl Maria von Weber's "Abu Hassan" in 1811.
It was modernised from 2004-2008, and on June 14, 2008, the theatre re-opened with Mozart's "Idomeneo"-a new production.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
German-language musical with book/lyrics by Michael Kunze and music by Sylvester Levay. It portrays the life and death of Empress consort of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria, wife of Empreor Franz Josepf I. It is the most successful German-language musical of all time.
(Officially Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts), is the national opera house of Syria. It was inaugurated on May 7, 2004. The opera house is a part of a building complex along with Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, the Higher Insitute for Music and the Ballet School.