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We are in catch-up mode so it will take a week or so to sort everything out. We start with all the upcoming performances of Maestro Cura and end with the final update on the Monte Carlo "Peter Grimes."

 

Update on Upcoming Performances

 

Carmen in St. Petersburg

5 May 2018

Semi-Staged

In honor of Olga Borodina's 30 years of artistic excellence

Featuring one of her finest partners in one of his most intense roles - - José Cura as Don José

Tickets are selling quickly.  Check the following link for availability

Mariinsky Theater

 


 

Cura in Dresden

13 May 2018

Argentine Songs

Singer, Arranger, Composer

Semperoper Dresden

May 13, 2018, 11 o'clock

 José Cura & Dresdner Kapellsolisten

 The well-known Argentinian tenor José Cura has made a name for himself on the international opera and concert stages [and] as well as his celebrated performances as a singer, above all in the Italian repertoire, as a conductor and director.  In the triple role as singer, composer and arranger, the versatile artist now introduces himself in the Semperoper.  The program combines songs from his homeland, his own arrangements and settings of texts by Pablo Neruda.  The works express the deep melancholy of this South American music and are also a declaration of love by the star tenor to his biographical and musical roots.

Argentine songs

 Works by Felipe Boero, Carlos López Buchardo, José Cura, Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, Hilda Herrera, Héctor Panizza and María Elena Walsh

 Cast: Tenor: José Cura; Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Conductor: Helmut Branny,

 

 

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Prague Artist in Residence

13 and 14 June

Argentinean Songs with chamber orchestra

Karlowicz 7ş Symphony

Singer, Arranger, Conductor

Municipal House

 

Ticket Information


Nabucco at Prague National Theater

28 and 29 June – then repertoire dates through June 2019

Set Design, Stage direction

Prague National Theater

 

 

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Click on the photo above for a short video of José Cura discussing Nabucco


 

Winterthur

7 July

Open Air Concert

 Conductor, Singer

Rychenbergpark

 

 

José Cura will perform as both conductor and singer.

 

 

Original Information in German may be found at the following web site:

 

https://www.classicopenair.ch/programm/sa-07-07-18-operngala

Tickets are currently on sale

Patrons may also choose between two different gourmet picnic baskets

 

 

 


Veszprém

13 July

Concert

Singer

 História Kert

 

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José Cura, Erika Miklósa, Ramón Vargas and Andrea Rost will perform at VeszprémFest

MTI

28 March 2018

[Extract]

José Cura, Erika Miklósa, Ramón Vargas and Andrea Rost will perform at the jubilant 15-year-old VeszprémFest stage.

The opera genre will return to the event after an absence of six years and all four of the stars who will perform on July 13 at História Garden have already performed at the Veszprém Festival, according to Mészáros Zoltán, executive director of the event, at the press conference in Budapest Tuesday.

Present at the conference was José Cura, the world-famous Argentinean tenor, who emphasized that Veszprém is important not only for music but for personal reasons since he is a citizen of the city.  "I see a huge development in the festival over a decade and a half, spectacular as culture has been built in the city."  One of the greatest tenors of our time, 55-year-old José Cura sang in the opening concert of VeszprémFest on August 1, 2004, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Zoltán Kocsis.

"Popular arias from Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bernstein are featured in this year's opera program.  The orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera will be directed by Balázs Kocsár, "said Tamás Bátor, artistic director of the VeszprémFest opera program, Müpa's co-production program director.

A new venue for the VeszprémFest stage is the História Garden, the former Episcopal resting place at the foot of the thousand-year-old Veszprém Castle on the bank of the Séd stream, where the event concerts can be seen by 2800 spectators.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the photo above for a brief video about the VeszprémFest Concert

 

 


Tokaj

28 July

Concert

Singer

Festival Katlony

 

 

 

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La fanciulla del west at the Tallinn Opera House

21 and 23 September

Set Design, Stage direction, Conductor

Tallinn

 

Note:  José Cura will be on-site for only 21 and 23 September;  Cura's production then enters repertoire with a different conductor  / management team

 

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Peter Grimes

Monte Carlo

 

Reviews

 

Peter Grimes, Monte Carlo, February 2018:  “José Cura designed, in co-production with the Opera of Bonn, this Peter Grimes.  The artist assumed a protean role, singing the title role, directing, setting the staging and designing the costumes.  He created a satisfying production because he understood the scope of the complex psychology inherent the role. Of an unusual physical strength, with a voice almost too beautiful for the role, caught between vulnerability and contradictions, we could imagine [Cura’s] Grimes wreaking havoc in an English port bar…an image rejected by the Argentine to create ambiguity [and present] a man who had suffered.  With an imagination rich enough to inspire the desire to live in better conditions yet constantly facing frustrations, José Cura’s Grimes marvelously expresses the torments that tear at this solitary fisherman, favoring the figure of the hopeless, the enlightened poet (it is necessary to hear his hallucination in the song in the tavern) and the surly but touched lover.  Neither hero nor villain but doubtless subtlety disruptive…..” 

(Director) “José Cura designed an exemplary show.  A regular on the Monegasque scene and last year’s formidable Tannhäuser, José Cura designed, in co-production with the Opera of Bonn, this Peter Grimes.  He created a satisfying production because he understood the scope of the complex psychology inherent the role.  The ensemble was encased in good-taste classicism, the movement of the crowd is natural without awkward poses, and the star tenor approaches the hero by giving him the nuances of a Lord Byron, a sort of an uncultivated intellectual who seems animated by a poetic gift. ”  Podcast Journal, 26 February 2018, Christian Colombeau

 

Peter Grimes, Monte Carlo, February 2018:  “What to say about José Cura? Audience members commented that they were incredibly stunned by the new performance of the Argentinean already basking in the glow of his previous appearances on the Monegasque stage:  the now legendary Stiffelio in April 2013 and more recently but equally astonishing Tannhäuser.  When the talent of an operatic artist is able to arouse genuine emotion, his repertoire can leave Giuseppe Verdi and elegantly rub shoulders with Richard Wagner and then venture with unparalleled charm into contemporary theater.  From his impressive "Alone, Alone, Alone with the Dead Child" signifying his initial despair to his final "Here you are, nearly home" through his daydreaming "In dreams, I built myself some kindlier home" in the presence of his apprentice, José Cura impresses us by the irreproachable accuracy of his tone and forces admiration by the successful vocal and dramatic expression of this inner chaos, of this incapacitating psychological surge that finds its anchor only in death.”   

 (Director) “A magnificent Peter Grimes at the Monte Carlo opera…  After a series of sold-out performances at the Bonn opera (co-production), Peter Grimes premiered at the Salle Garnier on Friday, 23 February.  Tenor José Cura, adored by the Monegasque opera scene, interpreted the title role while taking care of the staging, the sets, and the costumes:  the result was a pessimistic vision of a fishing village on the east coast of England that Dickens would probably not have rejected.” Musicologie, 24 February 2018, Jean-Luc Vannier

 

Peter Grimes, Monte Carlo, February 2018:  “Previously appearing in the opera house last year in Tannhäuser, the Argentine tenor embodies a Peter Grimes trapped in his internal prison.  With his massive body folded in on itself, his clumsy and brutal gestures, Cura’s Grimes in a ball of nerves ready to explode at any moment, evincing a physical impossibility to exist, to live.  He must be heard singing a capella, his eyes fixed and misted, suddenly fragile and ready to die.  What’s more, Cura displayed dazzling vocal health, be in in the middle or high register, modulating his instrument with ease, alternating sumptuous piannissimi with heroic power with a naturalness that commands admiration.  This new role is a good one to add to Cura’s incredible list of achievements…. ” 

(Director) “To mount Peter Grimes is to question the inner drama:  is he a victim, an executioner, or both at the same time? In this new production at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, directed by star tenor José Cura, the first option prevails, with a choice of a powerful confrontation between the fisherman and the crowd, clusters of humans moving in beautifully orchestrated choreography.  Cura offers a traditional and realistic vision of the village (with the inn and church mentioned in the libretto) in the seaside town in Suffolk.  Although very present in the music, the sea is less so in the staging, although there is a boat and the many fishing nets that litter the ground at the opening of the curtain are then raised to be suspended in the flies.  Here they will stay for the duration of the show, before being reused for the last scene, when the nets come down little by little during the last chords, trapping all the inhabitants within the village.”  Opera Online, 28 February 2018, Emmanuel Andrieu

 

Peter Grimes, Monte Carlo, February 2018:  “The Monte Carlo Opera presented a Peter Grimes whose insistent and oppressive intensity is perfectly rendered.  José Cura offers an interpretation that embodied Peter Grimes.  His imposing and fluid voice is torn in the high-pitched notes when he approaches them from his chest voice, which reinforces the theatrical characterization of the character’s pain.  Conversely, high notes emitted in mixed voice are strong even though they may seem more fragile, especially in the "Now the Great Bear and Pleiades" where the delicate beauty of the vocal line is paramount.  On the other hand, his voice rushes into the air during the drinking scene that follows, like a flash of lightning.”  

(Director) “The Monte Carlo Opera presented Britten’s opera Peter Grimes whose insistent and oppressive intensity is perfectly rendered. José Cura, both directoring and starring in the title role in this production, offered a classic and literal point of view on the work, whose purpose, still very modern, does not need updating to find echo today. The Prologue puts Grimes on the stage in front of a white curtain on which are projected the other characters in shadows.  The rest [of the action] takes place in a building doubling as the tavern and the church, above which looms a kind of lighthouse that serves as Grimes’home.  Installed on a turntable to quickly vary its aspects, the concept worked perfectly.”  Ôlyrix, 21 February 2018, Damien Dutilleul

 

Peter Grimes, Monte Carlo, February 2018:  “In the title role, [Cura] defies any putative stylistic archetype, perhaps because of the non-concealable Latin characteristics of his vocality in which an emotionally physical engagement emerges.  His sincerity in the role exposes the ambivalence of this marginal man, brutal and skin-deep, rejected by the community, without yielding to some simplistic aggressive male pride.  José Cura undoubtedly constitutes the pivot around which the drama is articulated...” 

(Director) “Co-produced with Bonn Opera, where it was presented in the spring of 2017 before moving to the Salle Garnier in Monte Carlo, José Cura’s reading of Britten’s Peter Grimes (Cura also sings the title role) is not limited to the salt spray and accursed solitude of the sailor.  The setting he designed does not deny the certain realistic pragmatism, enhanced by the dim lighting, [but doesn’t allow] this illustration to become overwhelming.  The rotation of the stage reveals different facets of the unique setting where the promontory of the lighthouse and the hut of the fisherman abut a low structure, serving in turn as a tavern or church, according to the scene, the sanctuaries for the borough, irritants for the harshness of Peter Grimes.  But the effectiveness of the staging serves as social illumination more so than the poetic abstraction to which some would be tempted to reduce the Britten work because of the evocation of the mystery of the seas. 

Even the restraint of the Prologue, during which Grimes appears alone in front of a blue-gray canvas like the sea under the moon and on which the shadows of the court are projected, the magistrates and townsfolk reduced to voices as in mental ruminations, shapes the premises of an interpretation; [the direction] is sensitive to the psychological complexity of the character and the situations that restores the dialectic between nature and society, at evidenced in both the score and the libretto.  It is not necessary to dispense with the letter to allow the spirit live.  No transposition, no alibi of modernity: Cura’s work focuses first on highlighting the incarnations.” Anaclase, 28 February 2018, GC

 

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Calendar 2018

 

Month

Dates

Work

Theater

City

January

1

Concert:  New Year

 

Warsaw

February

20, 23, 25, 28

Peter Grimes

Oper de Montecarlo

Monte Carlo

March

3

Otello

SemperOper

Dresden

  March

15, 17

Pagliacci

Royal Opera House Muscat

 Oman

 March

21, 22

Concert: Debussy / Ravel

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

 March

29

Concert:  Cura Compositions (Modus, Magnificat, Ecce Homo)

 Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

Budapest

May

5

Carmen in Concert

 St Petersburg

May

13

Recital:  Argentine Songs

Semperoper

Dresden

June

 13, 14

Concert:  Argentine Songs/ Karlowicz 7th Symphony

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

June

28, 29

Nabucco / Set Design / Stage Director

Prague National Theater

Prague

 July

7

Concert:  Singer / Conductor (Open Air)

Rychenbergpark

 Winterthur

July

13

Concert

 História Kert 

 Veszprém

July

28

Concert

Festival Katlony

Tokaj

September

7, 12, 16, 19, 22, 28, 30

Cav / Pag -- José Cura Production (Ličge)

War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco

September

21, 23

Fanciulla del west / Set Design, Stage Direction, Conductor

Tallinn Opera House

Tallinn

October

7

Concert:  Argentinean Songs / Dvorak 9th Symphony

Stadthaus

Künzelsau

October

13

Recital:  Argentinean Songs

Stadthaus

Winterthur

 

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Find Cura on Wikipedia!

 

Want to know more about José Cura?  Check out his Wikipedia page (click on the photo and find out such neat things as.....

  • Full name:  José Luis Victor Cura Gómez
  • First starring role:  Bibalo's Signorina Julia, Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste, Italy, 1993
     
  • First performance in US:  Giordano's Fedora, Chicago Lyric, USA, 1994

 

 

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Last Updated:  Sunday, April 22, 2018  © Copyright: Kira