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José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

 

 

This week we are beginning our review of Turandot in Budapest. 

It was an interesting production, a little kitschy in its rendering of Orientalism but reverential in honoring Puccini's efforts to create the ultimate love story.

Perhaps due to the small size of the stage, the performers were often posed for long periods, making for a rather static production.  We dubbed it the backside Turandot because Calaf, who is the main character for most of the opera, was often positioned with his back to the audience, often for long minutes, as other characters acted and reacted around him.  For a dynamic actor like José Cura, such a directorial decision probably led to some on-stage boredom.

But the element that elevated this production above the ordinary was the complexity José Cura brought to a role too often flatten into a one-dimensional character.  This Calaf was multi-layered, sensitive, responsive yet focused and determined. 

 

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Schedule For the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2019

 

The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition kicks off on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

The big opera competition, which takes place every two years, will initiate with a conversation between Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Frederica Von Stade at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Dance. The program starts at 11 a.m. local time.

A few hours later, the competition’s first round will kick off with the Song Prize. The contestants in that round of performances will include mezzo Katie Bray, bass Patrick Guetti, mezzo Guadalupe Barrientos, soprano Camila Titinger, and baritone Leonardo Lee. That event starts at 2:30 p.m. local time.

The second round of the song prize continues later that evening at 7:30 p.m. with performances by baritone Jorge Espino, mezzo Yulia Mennibaeva, tenor Luis Gomes, mezzo Angharad Lyddon, and tenor Owen Metsileng.

The third round of the song prize continues on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. The performers on that day include baritone Andrii Kymach, mezzo Lena Belkina, soprano Sooyeon Lee, soprano Adriana Gonzalez, and tenor Roman Arndt

The fourth round of the song prize is set for Monday, June 17, 2019, also at 2: 30 p.m. local time. Tenor Mingjie Lei, soprano Lauren Fagan, baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, mezzo Karina Kherunts, and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba will compete.

The Song Prize Final is set for Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. local time.

Main Prize Schedule

The main competition kicks off on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. local time at St. David’s Hall. The performers, all competing in the Song Prize and main competition, will be Van Mellaerts, Kherunts, Lei, Fagan, and Ollarsaba.

The next day, audiences will check out the second round at the same time and venue. This time the performers will be Titinger, Lee, Lyddon, Guetti, and Belkina.

The third day of the main event will feature Barrientos, Metsileng, Bray, Kymach, and Mennibaeva. That will take place on Tuesday at St. David’s Hall at 7 p.m. local time.

The fourth day of the main prize is set for Wednesday and will showcase the talents of Gomes, Sooyeo Lee, Ardnt, Gonzalez, and Espino.

The grand finale for the Main Prize is set for Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. local time.

There will be a series of masterclasses throughout the competition with such opera legends as Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica Von Stade, José Cura, David Pountney, Robert Holl, and Malcolm Martineau.

 

Full broadcast details

Friday 7th June
BBC Radio Wales, Arts Show: 6.30-7pm (preview programme)

Saturday 15 June
BBC Two Wales: 9.30-10pm (preview programme)

Sunday 16 June
BBC Four, Main Prize Round 1: 9-11pm (also available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days)

Monday 17 June
BBC Two Wales, Main Prize Round 2 as live: 7.30-9.30pm (also available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days)

Tuesday 18 June
BBC Radio 3, Song Prize Recitals: 1-2pm
BBC Two Wales, Main Prize Round 3 as live: 7.30-9.30pm (also available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days)

Wednesday 19 June
BBC Radio 3, Song Prize Recitals: 1-2pm
BBC Two Wales, Main Prize Round 4 as live: 7.30-9.30pm (also available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days)

Thursday 20 June
BBC Radio 3, Song Prize Recitals: 1-2pm
BBC Radio 3, Song Prize Final live: 7-9.30pm
BBC Four, Song Prize Final: 10.05pm-12.05am (also available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days)

Friday 21 June
BBC Two Wales, Highlights: 7.30-8.30pm

Saturday 22 June
BBC Four, Main Prize Final as live: 7.30-10pm
BBC Radio 3, Main Prize Final as live: 7.30-10pm
BBC Radio Cymru, Main Prize Final live: 7-9.30pm (also available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days)

Sunday 23rd June
BBC Radio Wales, Beverley’s World of Music: 9-11pm (highlights of this year’s Cardiff Singer)

 

New Performance Dates

 

August

11, 18

Tosca

Gran Teatro AllÁperto Giacomo Puccini

Torre del Lago

November

22

Singer:  Opera Arias

Christmas Theater

Athens

December

31

Singer and Conductor

Grand Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Moscow

Upcoming Performances

 

Tosca - Cologne

https://www.oper.koeln/de/programm/tosca/4109

 

 


 

Turandot

 Margaret Island, June 2019

 

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura will Perform at the Budapest Summer Festival

We Love Budapest

[Excerpt]

José Cura, the Argentinean opera legend, lives inside Calaf’s skin twice in June in Puccini's Turandot at the Budapest Summer Festival on the Margaret Island Outdoor Stage.  

 

Argentine opera singer, composer, conductor, actor, teacher, photographer and businessman José Cura, also known as the Tenor of the 21st Century, has been seen in Budapest at the Opera House, the Academy of Music and the Palace of Arts and also in rural festivals such as Tokaj, Veszprém and Szeged.  The opera singer recently returned to Budapest, on February 24 at the Cziffra Festival in Budapest with world-famous tenor Balázs János piano accompaniment.

 

This year, the artist's series of performances in Budapest will not end with this: Cura will be a permanent guest of the Hungarian Radio Art Groups beginning with a concert year starting in the autumn, for three years. As part of the co-operation, he conducts Verdi's Requiem in November, and in January of 2020 he will conduct the premiere of his own opera opera, Montezuma, and the Ginger Friar at the Music Academy. As a singer, the Hungarian audience will also be able to see Leoncavallo in his opera Pagliacci.

 

However, before starting work with the Hungarian Radio Art Groups, we can see how the world famous tenor in the role of Calaf in Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot at the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage on 7 and 9 June.  In Puccini’s last and perhaps most expressive work, José Cura will be partnered by the Romanian soprano Cristina Pasaroiu (Liu) ande Rila Silvi in the title role. The conductor will be Balázs Kocsár and the Orchestra, Choir and Children's Choir of the Hungarian State Opera will participate in the show

 

José Cura as Calaf in the 2005 Verona production of Turandot - photo by BravoCura.

 

 

In honor of José Cura - who, due to his many performances, has been tied to the Hungarian capital for years - the Argentinean Embassy recently hosted an affair. The guest of the event was also Teodora Bán, director of Szabad Tér Theater Nonprofit Kft. At the reception, José Cura personally expressed his appreciation for the great Budapest Summer Festival that hosted him.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Photos from Turandot

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

 

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

Note that this is not Verdi's Turandot and the eponymous star is missing from the poster but it did get the Calaf right ...

 

 

 

 

BravoCura Photos

Act I

 

Note:  we removed the microphone from some of the photos

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

José Cura stars as Calaf in the 2019 Budapest production of Turandot.

 

 

 


 

 

Nabucco - A José Cura Production

(note:  José Cura is not a direct participant; his production is being offered)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nabucco

Festival Premiere
with Verdi's famous prisoner choir

 

Giuseppe Verdi's captive choir "Va ', pensiero, sull'ali dorate" is considered the most famous and moving of all opera choirs and the secret national anthem of Italy. It remains the epitome of yearning for freedom and the pursuit of peoples for self-determination. The story of the biblical Nebuchadnezzar tells of power and love, hatred and madness, and a king who is purified from an egocentric autocrat into a humble believer.


At the very first opera gala evening in the princely castle in 2003, we experienced the Argentinian tenor José Cura. Today, Cura is not only one of the most sought after tenors, but also an internationally recognized director and stage designer.  With his very own production of Nabucco, full of opulent costumes and impressive pictures, he opens the Thurn und Taxis Schlossfestspiele in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Otello - Plovdiv

 

 

 


 

Posts

 

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May 28  

Dear all, here's the announcement and links of my first year of concerts with the Hungarian Radio Art Groups as their Principal Guest Artist:

 

November 13, 2019 Verdi – Requiem at Müpa – Palace of Arts, Bartók Béla National Concert Hall, Budapest, Hungary (This is the first concert of the Romantic Portraits Concert Series)

https://www.jegymester.hu/…/81…/Romantikus-portrek-I-2019/20

 

January 29, 2020 José Cura: Montezuma and the Ginger Friar – World Premiere at the Liszt Music Academy, Budapest, Hungary (This is the second concert of the Dohnányi Concert Series)

https://www.jegymester.hu/…/8180…/Dohnanyi-berlet-II-2019/20

 

April 21, 2020 Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – concert version at Müpa – Palace of Arts, Bartók Béla National Concert Hall, Budapest, Hungary (This is the third concert of the Romantic Portraits Concert Series)

https://www.jegymester.hu/…/…/Romantikus-portrek-III-2019/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2019 Performance Calendar

Month

Dates

Work

Theater

City

January

19

Conductor:  Rodrigo & Beethoven 4th

Auritori Municipal Enric Granados

Lleida

 February

4

Singer / Conductor

Union Hall

Ljubljana

February

24

Singer:  Argentinean songs

Music Academy Grand Hall

Budapest

March

8, 9

Conductor:  Piazzola, Cura, Rachmaninov

La Filature / Grande Salle

Mulhouse

March

14

Concert: Singer

Tchaikovsky Conservatory Big Hall

Moscow

March

26, 28

Concert: Singer

Smetana Hall

Prague

April

27

Conductor: Rozycky’s Anhelli – Puccini’s Suor Angelica in concert

European Music Center Krzysztof Penderecki

Luslawice

May

2, 3

Jury Member, Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico Vittorio Terranova

Sala Puccini Conservatory G. Verdi

Milan

June

7, 9

  Turandot

Margaret Island

Budapest

June

15 - 22

BBC Cardiff Singer of the world / Member of Jury

St David's Hall

Cardiff

June

30

  Tosca

Cologne Opera House

Cologne

July

2, 5, 11, 14

  Tosca

Cologne Opera House

Cologne

July

12, 13

Nabucco / José Cura Production

Courtyard Castle Thurn and Taxis

Regensburg

July

26

   Otello

Teatro Antico Plovdiv

Plovdiv

August

11, 18

Tosca

Gran Teatro AllÁperto Giacomo Puccini

Torre del Lago

September

12, 14

Andrea Chénier

Royal Opera House

Muscat

September

13

Conductor / Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Royal Opera House

Muscat

October

TBA

Concert:  Singer

TBA

Shanghai

November

4

Conductor: Beethoven's Egmont & Cura's Modus

St Stephen Basilica

Budapest

November

13

Conductor:  Verdi’s Requiem

Müpa (Palace of Arts Budapest)

Budapest

November

22

Singer:  Opera Arias

Christmas Theater

Athens

December

31

Singer and Conductor

Grand Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Moscow

 

 

Resources

 

José Cura Facebook PR.

 

José Cura Web Site.

 

 

 

 

Find Cura on Wikipedia!

José 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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