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More Tosca this week -- Bari from 2000, which is available on DVD from the usual media outlet stores. 

 

We have had no confirmation of this but apparently José Cura will be attending a charity event in St. Petersburg on 28 October.  While this is primary a charity dinner for Russian opera stars who are now in need of assistance, José Cura will offer an aria during the gala.

Note that this participation by José Cura has not been confirmed by Madrid at this point.

 

 


 

Concert in Prague

 

 

 

Click on photo to listen to José Cura discuss his plans for year 3 of his residency in Prague

 

Next Concert - March 2018

 

 


 

Instagram -- by or about José Cura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tosca

Bari 2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the video below by clicking on the photo below.....

 

 

 

 

Tosca DVD (Bari):  “This thoroughly conventional production from Bari could have been staged any time during the past 40 years. It is lifted above the ordinary, however, by the impassioned and exemplary singing of José Cura.”  Opera Now, March/April 2008

Tosca DVD (Bari):   “With this 2000 production, a new generation steps powerfully into the romantic lead roles in Puccini's verismo shocker; Francesca Patané, daughter of the noted conductor Giuseppe Patané, and José Cura, a young tenor who seems destined for a major career. The performance is impressive--almost amazing, considering that this video originates in a provincial opera house, not La Scala, Rome, or Verona. Sets and costumes are sumptuous, conducting is expert, and the director has a fine sense of which details matter. It is not flawless--the leading voices seem to need a bit more warming up on their first appearance; but as they settle into their roles, their singing quickly becomes excellent. Their acting is good from beginning to end.” Amazon Reviews  

Tosca DVD (Bari):   “With the entrance of [José Cura] the prospects looked better. Here was José Cura, good-looking and neat, but he seemed to wish he were somewhere else. That it was a classy voice was never in doubt, but his singing has often been quite idiosyncratic. He inserted little glottal stops – for expressive reasons. He delivered his Recondita armonia with some verve.  The second act became that spine-chilling thriller one hoped for. Against this backdrop the cruel proceedings unfolded mercilessly and rarely has a Cavaradossi been more ruthlessly tortured, bleeding copiously from severe wounds on his forehead and temples and the shirt torn to piece.  At the beginning of the third act Cavaradossi’s E lucevan le stelle was deeply felt; long applause. O dolci mani was soft and loving and the whole final scene breathed resignation – at least on behalf of Cura.  I started the review on a negative note and certainly there are drawbacks here but some full-blooded singing from José Cura shows that at his best he is a stirring tenor in his unorthodox way. Music Web International, January 2008

Tosca DVD (Bari):   “José Cura's testosterone-fuelled, bizarrely baritonal tenor thunders into the arena, yet his interpretation of Cavaradossi is most successful in the moments of intimacy. Here, Cura's piano is vastly more beautiful than his forte. He sounds terribly under strain in his upper register throughout, and can consequently both wobble and veer from the centre of the note. Recondita armonia, coming at the start of the opera, finds the singer in particular difficulty, though there are glints of vocal beauty (notably the warm, shapely Tu azzurro hai l'occhio, enclosing a wonderful Italiante rolled R). By the end, Cura's efforts have paid off and one can admire both his vocal stamina and his convincing acting, even when his vocal struggle is to the detriment of the musical line.” MusicOHM, November 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

Calendar 2017

 

Month

Dates

Work

Theater

City

January

28, 31

La Bohème (production)

RSO

http://www.operan.se/in-english/

Stockholm

February

4, 7, 10, 16, 19

La Bohème (production)

RSO

http://www.operan.se/in-english/

Stockholm

 February

19, 22, 25, 28

Tannhäuser

Salle Garnier Opera de Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

 March

8, 9

Concert:  Symphonic

(Ecco Homo)

Smetana Hall Municipal House

www.fok.cz        www.obecnidum.cz

Prague

 May

7, 10, 13, 26 

Peter Grimes (tenor, director, stage design)

Theater Bonn

Bonn

June

3, 7, 9, 12, 14

La Bohème (production)

RSO

http://www.operan.se/in-english/

Stockholm

June

16, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

Otello

Opera royal de Wallonie 

www.operaliege.be

Liege

July

8, 15 

Peter Grimes

Theater Bonn

Bonn

 October

4, 5

Concert:  Symphonic

Smetana Hall Municipal House

www.fok.cz        www.obecnidum.cz

Prague

December

5, 10, 13. 16

Andrea Chénier

Teatro Colón

http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar/en/the-theatre

Buenos Aires

 

Calendar 2018

 

Month

Dates

Work

Theater

City

February

20, 23, 24, 28

Peter Grimes

Oper de Montecarlo

Monte Carlo

 March

15, 17

Pagliacci

Royal Opera House Muscat

 Oman

 March

21, 22

Concert: Debussy / Ravel

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

May

13

Recital:  Argentinean Songs

Semperoper

Dresden

June

 13, 14

Concert:  Aregntinean 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

11

Concert

Music Pavillion

Zagreb

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

 

 

Resources

 

 

 

 

 

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, October 15, 2017  © Copyright: Kira