Saturday, April 30, the Knoxville Opera is breaking all of the rules of conventional opera production with its April 30 performance of The Fifth Commandment Fund production of Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece 'Tosca.'
Perhaps one of the most anticipated performances of 2015, German tenor Jonas Kaufmann's Puccini recital is the subject of a new documentary Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening With Puccini. Performed at La Scala Milan, the film also features rare archive footage.
Earlier this month, Classicalite released an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into Jonas Kaufmann's upcoming release, 'Nessum Dorma - The Puccini Album.' Now, in a heated quarrel with his former label, Kaufmann is the victim of a dueling 'Puccini' album adorning his namesake, entitled 'The Age of Puccini.'
Such is the case with his forthcoming homage to the ever-famous Giacomo Puccini. The world's greatest living tenor, he sings "Nessun Dorma," the highlight of Puccini's Turandot, among other selections from Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and more.
Covent Garden aside, Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times has good words for Netrebko in Rome, where she dutifully followed Riccardo Muti in Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut.' Muti is known, of course, for his rigorous rehearsal regimen (and for not suffering fools).
As he's been leaving America to film in Europe lately, Woody Allen will be moving one of his stage productions from the U.S. to Spain this season. As a part of Teatro Real, Madrid's 2014-15 season, Allen will direct another rendition of Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, featuring Plácido Domingo in the title role.