mercoledì 27 gennaio 2010

"Teatro Massimo: concerti al via tra lirica e pop, Dessì e Renga"

(AGI) - Palermo, 26 gen. - La Stagione concertistica 2010 del Teatro Massimo si inaugura giovedi' alle 20.30 con "La canzone nel tempo", concerto che vedra' l'Orchestra del teatro palermitano diretta da Marco Boemi al fianco di due straordinarie voci della lirica e del pop: il soprano Daniela Dessi' e il cantautore Francesco Renga. Si tratta di un appuntamento insolito che ha la sua origine nel duetto che i protagonisti hanno realizzato lo scorso anno al Festival di Sanremo in occasione della partecipazione alla gara del cantautore bresciano con la canzone "Uomo senza eta'" dedicata la mondo della lirica. La commistione fra la musica cosiddetta classica e quella leggera ha origini antiche, seppur e' un fenomeno "codificato" nel Novecento soprattutto con l'avvento del disco. Il programma alterna alcune celebri romanze da salotto di Francesco Paolo Tosti come "Non t'amo piu'" o "Malia" e piu' rari fogli d'album di Puccini (arrangiati da Cristiano Serino) affidati alla voce di Daniela Dessi' a grandi successi "popular" dagli anni Sessanta a oggi, da Battisti e Mogol per arrivare a Francesco Renga, pezzi diventati con il tempo forse piu' "classici" che "leggeri", pagine non trascurabili di storia della canzone italiana incluse nel suo ultimo album, Orchestraevoce, che ha ottenuto in poche settimane il disco di platino. Un inedito percorso in un repertorio meno convenzionale al quale da alcuni anni il Teatro Massimo dedica con successo alcuni appuntamenti della propria programmazione concertistica. (AGI) Mrg

sabato 23 gennaio 2010

Daniela/Violetta su "TV Sorrisi e Canzoni"!

Nel numero 4 del settimanale TV Sorrisi e Canzoni ora in edicola, compare un'intervista a Daniela Dessì in cui si parla della non-Traviata romana...
Buona Lettura!

Daniela Dessì e Fabio Armiliato ospiti a Radio Nacional!

Questa sera, dalle ore 18:30 italiane, Daniela Dessì e Fabio Armiliato saranno ospiti alla trasmissione radiofonica argentina Una tarde en la opera, per parlare di Traviata, dei nuovi cd in uscita e dei prossimi impegni. Sarà possibile ascoltare la trasmissione anche via web dal sito di Radio Nacional.

Buon ascolto!

sabato 16 gennaio 2010

Daniela Dessì e Fabio Armiliato ospiti a DOMENICA IN!

Domenica 17 Gennaio 2010 Daniela e Fabio saranno ospiti nello spazio di Domenica In condotto da Pippo Baudo! L'appuntamento è quindi domani su Rai Uno (visibile anche in streaming)dalle ore 15:30... Buona visione!

"Registro Traviata qui a Parma" (dalla GAZZETTA DI PARMA del 16/01/2010)

venerdì 8 gennaio 2010

"Soprano Daniela Dessì quits over Franco Zeffirelli weight jibe"

Daniela Dessi, 52, had been due to play the role of the consumptive courtesan Violetta in Giuseppe Verdi's well-known work but angrily stormed out after the veteran director called her "well-built".

"She is a long way from my image of Violetta, who is certainly not a well-built girl," said Mr Zeffirelli, adding that she was too old to convincingly appear in a tale of youthful passion.

To make matters worse, he made the comments during a press conference at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera.

Miss Dessi, who has said she weighs just over 10 stone, said she had been publicly humiliated and could not understand why her weight was an issue when so many opera singers were amply proportioned. Opera stars should be judged on their voices, not their girth, she fumed.

"Of course I'm angry," she told the Italian magazine Chi. "I still find it hard to believe that, during a press conference, Zeffirelli called me well-built and said I had an 'inadequate' voice for the role of Violetta.

"I've only sung La Traviata in Japan and this would have been my debut in Europe. I was really happy about it.

"These days directors unfortunately have excessive power. I could maybe accept that, if they made their views known before one signs the contract, rather than after the artist has started to work with the orchestra conductor and the production is sold out."

Her opera singer husband, Fabio Armiliato, who had been due to play the role of Alfredo, the young man Violetta falls in love with, also pulled out of the production in solidarity with his upset wife.

The falling out between the pair happened last month but Miss Dessi says she is now considering taking legal action against Mr Zeffirelli, who is renowned for his work as a director of both opera and films.

Telegraph, 8 Jan 2010

"Soprano Daniela Dessì quits opera after Zeffirelli calls her fat"

In the world of opera, it is rarely frowned upon if sopranos or tenors sport a few extra pounds. But before the curtain could go up in Rome on a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, the scales appeared to have tipped the other way.

Daniela Dessi, an established Italian soprano, walked out of the production after its director, Franco Zeffirelli, had publicly abused her about her weight and age. She had been due to play the role of Violetta, a lithe courtesan who expires from consumption in the arms of her lover Alfredo.

“A woman of a certain age and plumpness is not credible in the character of Violetta,” the veteran film and opera director told her.

But while many top sopranos have been famously statuesque and long-lasting, Dessi is 52 and says that she weighs 65kg (10st 3lb), well within her operatic sell-by date and about half the size of some of the greats.

“Zeffirelli said these things and other, more offensive things,” said Dessi. “I believe a lot in the physical appearance of the singer. I have always taken care of myself. We should be respected for our voices. To be too thin is not good.”

Dessi, who is to star in Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano at the Teatro Real in Madrid next month, said other sopranos such as Monserrat Caballé — a woman of unashamedly generous proportions who had a hit with Freddie Mercury with the song Barcelona — had interpreted the role of Violetta without any comment about their physical appearance.

“You don’t sing with the body but with the voice,” said Dessi in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. The singer, who has performed at some of the world’s most famous opera houses including Milan’s La Scala, has worked with Zeffirelli in the past. She said: “I respect the artistic past of Franco Zeffirelli, but I don’t have any admiration for the way he created this controversy.”

Fabio Armiliato, her husband, was due to sing the part of Alfredo in La Traviata but also withdrew. Zeffirelli remained unrepentant yesterday. “I did say she was on the plump side for the part, and she is. She is is not exactly the kind of woman who is likely to die of tuberculosis,” he told The Times, arguing that La Traviata was a story of “youth and sensual passion”. He said he had offered Dessi an alternative part as Alice Ford, a “mature woman” in Verdi’s Falstaff, but she had turned it down.

Dessi is consulting her lawyers about possible legal action against Zeffirelli, 86, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a director of both operas and films, including his 1967 debut The Taming of the Shrew starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Romeo and Juliet in 1968, and Jesus of Nazareth in 1977 which became an ITV television mini-series.

Asked about the threat of legal action, he said: “She can threaten what she likes, but I am entitled to choose my singers and exercise my artistic freedom.”

Gianluigi Gelmetti, the chief conductor of the Rome Opera — who is believed to have hired Dessi for the role — disagreed with Zeffirelli’s assessment of the performer, saying Dessi’s voice was “in excellent form — and I have to say that her appearance pleases me as a man”.

Opera singers are no strangers to gibes about weight. In 2004 the American opera singer Deborah Voigt was sacked from the Royal Opera House’s production of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos because she was thought to be too fat. It was said at the time that it was felt she would not suit her costume. Voigt later had gastric bypass surgery to reduce her weight.

Luciano Pavarotti, who died in 2007, was said to have suffered increasingly poor health, partly because of his fluctuating weight. It has often been said that rounder figures make for better voices in the rarefied world of opera. When Maria Callas shed more than 20 kilograms towards the end of her career, critics claimed her voice was never the same again.

Some opera singers also say that if they are out of shape, a night on the stage can be a struggle. Sir John Tomlinson, a bass with the English National Opera, said: “To get through a long night of Wagner you have to be fit. It’s like running a marathon.”

As for her age, Dessi, while perhaps no dead ringer for Violetta, is well within the average career limit for a recognised opera singer. The Australian soprano Joan Sutherland sang Violetta aged 53 in a classic 1979 Decca recording with Carlo Bergonzi.

Zeffirelli is still a dominant force in Italian opera. Last September a decision by New York’s Metropolitan Opera to open its 2009-2010 season with a new production of Tosca directed by Luc Bondy caused a stir after a number of opera fans demanded Zeffirelli’s 25-year-old staging instead.

Times, January 8, 2010

giovedì 7 gennaio 2010

Tosca, tanti ricordi e un futuro nella Grande Mela

"I ricordi che mi legano alla Tosca pucciniana sono innumerevoli, ma non posso dimenticare il debutto all’Arena di Verona e la sera, nel 2008, in cui a Firenze mi venne chiesto il bis dopo l’aria Vissi d’Arte. Erano ben 52 anni che in quel teatro non veniva richiesto un bis. Immaginate la mia sorpresa quando mi venne detto che le uniche cantanti ad averlo fatto eravamo Renata Tebaldi e io: fu un momento di commozione ed emozione estrema fra me e il pubblico, una serata indimenticabile. Nei prossimi mesi, poi, è proprio con Tosca che tornerò al Metropolitan di New York."

Grazia, 7 gennaio 2010

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domenica 3 gennaio 2010

Questa o quella...

Che annata carica di successi! Abbiamo girato tutta l'Europa per inseguire i trionfi della nostra amata Daniela: dalla calda Siviglia, alla piovosa Verona alla gelida Vienna...

Anno nuovo, vita nuova. Insomma, tiriamo le somme! Qui a lato trovate il nuovo sondaggio: quali sono state le migliori performances del 2009?
Beh avete capito... votate numerosi!!!!

Ah, per chi si fosse perso qualche produzione, ecco che youtube ci viene in soccorso!

Dall'Adriana Lecouvreur di Palermo: Poveri fiori, monologo di Fedra

Da La Fanciulla del West di Siviglia: Laggiù nel Soledad

Dalla Madama Butterfly di Hannover: Con onor muore

Dall'Aida di Verona: O terra, addio

Dalla Manon Lescaut di Bucarest: Sola, perduta, abbandonata

Dalla Tosca di Vienna: E qual via scegliete?

venerdì 1 gennaio 2010

"Andrea Chénier, la nostra canzone"

Io e l’opera Andrea Chénier siamo legate da un ricordo bellissimo! Fu proprio durante un concerto (a Baveno in occasione della consegna del premio Giordano), che iniziò la mia oramai decennale storia d’amore con il tenore Fabio Armiliato. Sulle rive del lago Maggiore al chiar di luna! Dopo quella volta continuiamo a interpretare l’opera nei più importanti teatri del mondo e l’abbiamo eletta come la “nostra opera”: è il tema musicale del nostro amore. A febbraio la canteremo a Madrid, al Teatro Real.

Grazia, 31 dicembre 2009

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