Bravo Cura

Celebrating José Cura--Singer, Conductor, Director

 

 

 

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Calendar Archive - Concerts and Recitals

Note:  this is a work in progress.  The data we include below is not official.  We compiled it by tracing through a whole lot of files and calendars and is somewhat fluid as we continue to explore.

We have blanks that we will try to fill in and we know we are missing data on some performances.  We may also have misattributions.  We will work.  :)

This is not official!  It is a puzzle we are trying to complete.

Year

Month

Performance Dates

Title

Theater

City

Notes

Country

2016

 February

10 & 11

Concert:  Symphonic

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

 

Czech Rep

2016

 March

 11 & 12

 Concert:  Symphonic

St. Nicholas Cathedral

České Budějovice

Magnificat by Bach and Cura

Czech Rep

2016

April

23

Otello in Concert

AUDI Arena

Györ

Conductor

Hungary

2016

July

10

Symphonic Concert

 Saint Blaise's Church

Dubrovnik

 

Croatia

2016

July

11

Gala Concert

 Saint Blaise's Church (outside)

Dubrovnik

 

Croatia

2016

October

19 & 20

Concert

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

 

Czech Rep

2016

November

6

Concert

Congresshalle (matinee)

Saarbrucken

LatinAmerican Music

Germany

2016

November

7

Concert

Portzamparc's Philharmonie Grand Salon

Luxemburg

LatinAmerican Music

Luxemburg

2016

December

7 & 8

Concert: Symphonic 

Smetana Hall Municipal House

Prague

Conductor

Czech Rep

2016

December

17

Concert: Symphonic 

 Auditori Enric Granados

Lleida

Conductor

Spain

2015

February

21

Concert

Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena

Budapest

Crossover

Hungary

2015

April

3, 4

Concert: Symphonic

Teatro Massimo Bellini

Catania

Included Magnificat by José Cura

Italy

2015

April

9

Recital

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

(Charity):  Fundación Prodis

Spain

2015

May

3

Concert  

 Gyor Multifunctional Arena

Gyor

Opera Arias

Hungary

2015

May

9

Concert: Symphonic

 

Nowy Sacz

Mahler 2º Symphony

Poland

2015

July

30

Concert / Mixed Symphonic

Centro Cultural Kirchner

Buenos Aires

(conductor)

Argentina

2015

October

7 & 8

Concert:  Composer / Singer:  Neruda

Smetana Hall

Prague

Artist in residence

Czech Rep

2015

December

6

Concert: Symphonic

 

Krakow

Conductor

Poland

2014

February

21, 22, 23

Concerts

Konzerthaus

Berlin

South America

Germany

2014

March

13

Concert

NTC Arena

Bratislava

 

Slovakia

2014

March

15

Concert

CEZ Arena

Ostrava

 

Czech Rep

2014

April

8

Concert

Tonnhalle

Zürich

 

Switzerland

2014

June

20

Concert

Théâtre antique d'Orange

Orange

Broadcast

France

2014

June

27

Concert

Deutsche Oper Am Rheim

Düsseldorf

 

Germany

2014

August

3

Concert

Marin Turgutreis Hall

Bodrum

 

Turkey

2014

September

25

Concert

Arena di Verona

Verona

Gala

Italy

2014

October

28

Concert

Bolshoi

Moscow

Gala for Elena Obratszova

Russia

2014

October

31

Concert

St Michaels

Cesky Budowice

Premier of Cura’s Stabat Mater

Czech Rep

2014

November

22

Concert

Dom Muzyki

Zabrze

Conductor / Singer

Poland

2014

December

3

Recital

Opera Garnier De Monte-carlo

Monte Carlo

Argentinean songs

Monaco

2014

December

31

Concert

Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater

Vilnius

New Year Eve

Lithuania

2013

January

25

Concert

Massimo Bellini

Catania

In support of St Agata

Italy

2013

May

25

Concert

Gostiny Dvor Exhibition Hall

Moscow

 

Russia

2013

May

29

Concert

International Performing Arts Center, Svetlanov Hall

Moscow

Symphonic Tangos

Russia

2013

June

02

Concert

Aspendos Ancient Open Air Theatre

Antalya

Conductor

Turkey

2013

September

27

Concert

Auditorio Palacio de La Audiencia

Soria

Otoño Musical Soriano

Spain

2013

October

8

Concert

Salle Pleyel

Paris

Gala

France

2013

December

03

Concert

Palace of Arts, Bartók Béla National Concert Hall

Budapest

 

Hungary

2013

December

09

Concert

Konzerthaus

Vienna

Argentine Lieder

Austria

2012

June

2

Concert

Open Air

Olomouc

Dvorak Festival

Czech Rep

2012

June

16

Concert

Philharmonic

St Petersburg

Opera Gala

Russia

2012

June

21

Concert

State Kremlin Palace

Moscow

Opera Gala

Russia

2012

July

12

Concert

International Istanbul Opera Festival

Istanbul

Opera Gala

Turkey

2011

February

26

Concert: Symphonic

Udine

Symphonic

 

 

2011

July

8

Concert

Classic Open Air Concert

Berlin

Gala "Die Italienische Nacht"

Germany

2011

July

17

Concert

Opera Festival

Savonlinna

Gala

Finland

2011

July

23

Concert

Opera Days

Saaremaa

Gala

Estonia

2011

September

4

Concert

Opera National de Lorraine

Nancy

Japan Charity Concert

France

2011

September

28

Concert

Daejeon Culture and Arts Center

Daejeon

Opera Gala

Korea

2010

February

13

Special appearance

Magyar Allami Operahaz

Budapest

Opera Ball

Hungary

2010

March

14

Concert

International House of Music

Moscow

Gala

Russia

2010

April

17

Concert

Megaron Theatre

Athens

Gala

Greece

2010

May

4

Concert

Aram Concert Hall

Goyang

Gala

South Korea

2010

July

1

Concert

Operalia Festival

Astana

Gala

Kazakhstan

2010

July

16, 18

Concert

 

Cesky Krumlov

Festival

Czech Rep

2010

July

30

Concert

Festival

Veszprem

Gala

Hungary

2010

August

6

Concert

Neumarkt

Dresden

Gala

Germany

2009

January

30

Concert

Teatro Comunale

Bologna

Symphonic / Conductor

 

2009

March

7

Concert

Óbudai Danubia Orchestra

Budapest  

Symphonic / Conductor

Hungary

2009

May

9

Special Appearance 

 

Karlsruhe

Opera Ball

Germany

2009

June

24

Concert 

Teatro Campoamor

Oviedo

Gala

Spain

2009

July

2

Concert

Pavilhao Atlantico

Lisbon

APCL

Portugal

2009

July

18

Concert

Emilia Romagna Festival

Rocca San Casciano

Gala

Italy

2009

August

16

Concert

Festival Castell de Peralada

Peralada

Gala

Spain

2009

August

20

Recital

Festival de Santander

Santander

Recital

Spain

2009

September

6

Concert

Opera

Nancy

Masterclass / conductor

France

2009

November

17

Concert: symphonic

Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

Budapest

Bach's B Minor Mass / Conductor

Hungary

2009

December

17

Recital

Den Norske Opera

Oslo

Canciones argentinas

Norway

2009

December

20

Concert

Konzerthaus

Vienna

Christmas in Vienna

Austria

2008

February

6

Concert: Symphonic

Academy of Music

Budapest

Conductor / Charity Concert 

Hungary

2008

February

25

Concert

Sanat-Instanbul Hall

Instanbul

Gala

Turkey

2008

March

10

Concert

Deutsche Oper

Berlin

Conductor with Daniela Barcellona

Germany

2008

April

19

Concert

Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Düsseldorf

Gala

Germany

2008

July

17

Concert

Teatro Rojas

Toledo

Homage a Puccini

Spain

2008

August

4, 7

Concerts

 

Cortona

Festival del Sole

Italy

2008

October

3

Concert

Vatroslav Liskinski Hall

Zagreb

 

Croatia

2008

October

10

Concert

Nancy Opera Passion

Nancy

 

France

2008

November

15

Concert

Mikhailovsky Theatre

San Petersburg

Gala

Russia

2007

January

25

Concert

 

Lisbon

Leukemia Assoc

Portugal

2007

February

14

Concert

 

Shanghai

 

China

2007

March

24

Special appearance 

Stadtsteater

Cologne

Gala Fundraiser

Germany

2007

May

7

Concert 

 

Devon

Masterclass

England

2007

June

19

Concert

National Monument to the Flag

Rosario

50th Anniversary of the National Monument to the Flag

Argentina

2007

July

8

Recital

Foundación Astengo

Rosario

With Eduardo Delgado

Agentina

2007

August

16

Concert

Tuscan Sun Festival

Cortona

Opera Gala with Elena Garanca

Italy

2007

August

22

Concert

Gerry Weber Stadium

Halle

With Anna Netrebko

Germany

2007

September

2

Concert

 

Nancy

Masterclass/ Conductor

France

2007

October

19

Concert

Teatro Sao Carlos

Lisbon

Gala

Portugal

2007

Concert

2, 3

Concert

 

Eindhoven

 

Netherlands

2007

December

10

Concert

Teatro Communale

Vicenza

Grand opening

Italy

2007

December

22

Concert

Konzerthaus

Vienna

Christmas in Vienna

Austria

2006

May

14

Concert

Urania-Dachsaal

Vienna

 

Austria

2006

July

17

Concert

 

Rijeka

 

Croatia

2006

October

20

Concert

Belfast Festival

Belfast

 

Ireland

2006

November

9

Concert

 

Miami

 

US

2006

November

12

Special appearance

 

NYC

 Richard Tucker

US

2006

December

16

Concert

 

Assisi

Concerto di Natale

Italy

2005

April

16

Concert

Cologne Arena

Cologne

With Anna Netrebko

Germany

2005

May

12

Concert

 

Saint Petersburg

 

Russia

2005

May

28, 31

Concert: Symphonic

 

 

Conductor

Italy

2005

June

1

Concert: Symphonic

 

 

Conductor

Italy

2005

June

12

Concert: Symphonic

Miskolci Opera Feztival

Miskolc

Conductor

Hungary

2005

September

6

Concert

Plymouth Pavilions

Plymouth

Conductor

England

2005

November

11

Concert

INEC

Killarney

 

Ireland

2005

November

18

Concert

 

Lisbon

100 Yrs of Siemens

Portugal

2005

December

11

Concert: Symphonic

 

Busseto

Conductor

Italy

2005

December

12

Concert

 

Piacenza

Telethon

Italy

2005

December

13

Concert: Symphonic

 

Piacenza

Conductor

Italy

2004

May

21

Concert

Seoul Arts Center

Seoul

 

South Korea

2004

June

13

Concert: Symphonic

Zamkowy Square

Warsaw

Conductor / 9th Symphony

Poland

2004

June

21

Concert

 

Ekaterinburg

 

Russia

2004

June

24

Concert

 

Moscow

 

Russia

2004

July

3

Concert

 

Lisbon

 

Portugal

2004

July

6

Concert

Gendermenmarkt

Berlin

Open Air With Caballe

Germany

2004

July

9

Concert

Floating Stage

Henley

 

England

2004

July

15

Concert

 

Oinousses Island

Olympic Torch

Greece

2004

August

5

Concert

Veszprém Castle

Vesprem

Conductor/ Tenor / Piano Concerto op.18

Hungary

2004

August

7

Concert

Gyula Castle

Gyula

 

Hungary

2004

October

10

Concert

 

Parma

Verdi Gala

Italy

2004

October

29

Concert

Pavillon Atlantico

Lisbon

Leukemia Assoc

Portugal

2004

November

2

Concert

Royal Festival Hall

London

Conductor +Ten Tenors in Concert

England

2004

December

15

Concert

KKL

Lucerne

 

Switzerland

2004

December

17

Concert

Casino

Basil

 

Switzerland

2004

December

19

Concert

Victoria Hall

Geneva

 

Switzerland

2004

December

21

Concert

Casino

Berne

 

Switzerland

2004

December

28

Concert

Tonhalle

Zürich

 

Switzerland

2003

January

31

Concert

Smetana Hall

Prague

Arias and duets

Czech Rep

2003

February

27

Special Appearance

Staatsoper

Vienna

Opera Ball

Austria

2003

May

25, 27

Concert

Teatro Verdi

Busseto

Verdi Gala

Italy

2003

June

1

Concert

 

Mantova

Verdi gala

Italy

2003

July

23

Concert

Schloss Thurn und Taxis

Regensburg

Open Air

Germany

2003

July

25

Concert

Philharmonie

Munich

 

Germany

2003

August

17

Concert: Symphonic (Choral)

 

Budapest

Messa Solenne

Hungary

2003

August

20

Concert

 

Budapest

Hungary’s National Day

Hungary

2003

September

18

Concert: Symphonic

 

Jelenia Gora

Sinfonia Varsovia

Poland

2003

September

28

Concert: Symphonic

 

Sofia

Bulgaria Philarmonic

Bulgaria

2003

October

10

Special Appearance

Stadium

Sydney

Opening Ceremonies, Rugby World Cup

Australia

2003

October

23

Concert

Prague Philarmonia

Prague

Conductor + vocals

Czech Rep

2003

October

28

Concert

Congress Centre

Budapest

Matáv Hungarian Symphony Orchestra

Hungary

2003

November

14, 16

Concerts (private)

Theatre Aan de Parade

Holland

 

Netherlands

2003

November

22

Concert

Opernhaus

Zürich

Stunde des Herzens

Switzerland

2002

January

12

Concert: Symphonic

 

Bydgoszcz

Conductor / Peer Gynt Suite 1 (Grieg); Rach#2

Poland

2002

January

13

Concert:  Symphonic

 

Wroclaw

Conductor / Peer Gynt Suite 1 (Grieg); Rach#2

Poland

2002

February

20

Concert: Symphonic

 

Warsaw

Europe for Poland Concert / Conductor Televised

Polan

2002

March

15

Concert

Hague

Hague

Charity

Netherlands

2002

June

2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Concert:  Symphonic

 

 

Japanese Symphonic Tour with Sinfonia Varsovia

Japan

2002

June

18

Concert 

Teatro Regio

Parma

Verdi Gala

Italy

2002

June

28

Concert

Dalhalla

Dalhalla

Tenor

Sweden

2002

June

29

Concert: Symphonic 

Dalhalla

Dalhalla

Conductor

Sweden

2002

July

24

Concert

Herodus Aticcus

Athens

Opera Gala

Greece

2002

September

14

Concert 

Hyde Park

London

BBC Last Night of the Proms

England

2002

October

8

Concert

Pavilhoa Atlantico

Lisbon

 

Portugal

2002

October

16

Recital

 

Taipei

 

Taiwan

2002

October

18

Concert

 

Taipei

 

Taiwan

2002

October

30

Concert

Kremlin

Moscow

Arias and Duets

Russia

2002

November

1

Concert: Symphonic

Conservatory

Moscow

 

Russia

2002

November

9

Concert

Aalborg Congress & Culture Center

Copenhagen

Arias and Duets

Denmark

2002

November

24

Concert: Symphonic

Warsaw University

Warsaw

 9th Symphony

Poland

2002

November

29

Concert

Konzerthaus

Vienna

Conductor + vocals

Austria

2002

December

31

Concert

 

Budapest

New Year Eve

Hungary

2001

February

16

Concert

Salermo Theatre

Salermo

Conductor + Vocals

Italy

2001

February

25, 27

Concert

Barbican

London

Conductor + Vocals; DVD

England

2001

March

16

Concert

Fiera di Parma

Parma

Conductor + Vocals

Italy

2001

May

25

Concert

CCH 1

Hamburg

 

Germany

2001

May

27

Concert

Gewandhaus

Leipzig

 

Germany

2001

May

29

Concert

Philharmonie

Munich

 

Germany

2001

May

31

Concert

Philharmonie

Cologne

 

Germany

2001

July

6

Concert

Open Air

Wiesbaden

 

Germany

2001

July

8

Concert

Konzerthaus

Vienna

 

Austria

2001

July

14

Concert

Gendarmenmarkt

Berlin

 

Germany

2001

July

18

Concert

Ravello Festival

Ravello

 

Italy

2001

July

20

Concert

St Cecilia

Rome

 

Italy

2001

July

22

Concert

Hungarian State Opera

Budapest

 

Hungary

2001

October

24

Concert

Grand Theatre

Osaka

 

Japan

2001

October

26

Concert

Symphony Hall

Tokyo

 

Japan

2001

October

24

Concert

Suntory Hall

Tokyo

 

Japan

2001

November

25

Concert: Symphonic

 

Warsaw

Conductor with Sinfonia Varsovia

Poland

2001

November

8

Concert

Royal Concert Hall

Glasgow

Charity event

Scotland

2000

June

30

Concert

Oberhausen Arena

Oberhausen

 

Germany

2000

July

14

Concert

Križanke

Ljubljana

Festival Ljubljana Conductor + vocals

Slovakia

2000

July

6

Concert

 

Wiesbaden

 

Germany

2000

July

8

Concert

 

Vienna

KonzertHaus

Austria

2000

July

2

Concert

Vienna

 

 

Austria

2000

July

  19

Concert

Munich

 

 

Germany

2000

July

  21

Concert

  Mannheim

 

 

Germany

2000

July

  23

Concert

Hamburg

 

 

Germany

2000

July

  28

Concert

Zürich

 

 

Switzerland

2000

July

 30

Concert

Stuggart

 

 

Germany

2000

September

14

Concert

Royal Albert Hall

London

 

England

2000

September

20

Concert

Pro Musica

Cork

 

Ireland

2000

September

23

Concert

National Concert Hall

Dublin

 

Ireland

2000

October

10

Special appearance

Foreign/

Commonwealth Office

London

Voices for Hospices

England

2000

November

15

Concert

 

Warsaw

 

Poland

1999

March

11

Concert

Royal Festival Hall

London

 

England

1999

March

13

Concert

RDS

Dublin

 

Ireland

1999

May

27

Concert

Theatre de Champs Elysees

Paris

 

France

1999

May

29

Concert

Baden-Baden

Germany

 

Germany

1999

June

11

Concert

Dalhalla

 

 

Sweden

1999

July

28

Concert

Martina Franca

 

With Raina Kabaivanska

Italy

1999

October

17

Concert

BVC Entertainment

Frankfurt

 

Germany

1999

November

21

Concert

 

Hanover

 

Germany

1998

March

22

Concert

Teatro Ghione

Rome

 

Italy

1998

July

4

Concert 

 

Vienna

Universe of Opera

Austria

1997

April

 

Concert

 

 

Opera Gala

Ireland

1997

November

16

Concert

Royal Albert Hall

London

Gala:  Night of the Stars

England

1997

November

23

Concert

Stadhalle Germering

Munich

 

Germany

1997

November

24

Concert

Rosengarten Mozartsaal

Mannheim

 

Germany

1997

November

25

Concert

Liderhalle Beethovensaal

Stuttgart

 

Germany

1997

November

28

Concert

Stadthalle

Bielefeld

 

Germany

1997

November

29

Concert

Hotel Maritim

Cologne

 

Germany

1997

December

18

Concert

 

Vienna

Festival of the Tenors in honor of Corelli

Austria

1996

February

12

Concert

Zénith

Paris

Te Deum / Colin Davis (c)

France

1996

May

 

Concert

 

Dublin

Opera Gala

Ireland

1996

May

23, 25

Concert: The Puccini Spectacular

National Tennis Centre

Melbourne

Excerpts La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Turandot

Australia

1996

June

5, 6, 7

Concert: The Puccini Spectacular

Sydney Entertainment Center

 Sydney

Excerpts La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Turandot

Australia

1994

December

2

Concert

Teatro Colón

Buenos Aires

 

Argentina

1993

February

1

Carmen

Teatro dell’Arca

Milan

Highlights/piano reduction

Italy

1992

November

20

Il trovatore

Teatro Rosetum

Milan

Highlights/piano reduction

Italy

1992

December

18

Recital: Italienischer Opernabend

Paulussaall

Breisgau

First professional appearance outside Italy

Germany

1992

December

21

La fanciulla del west

Teatro dell’Arca

Milan

Highlights/piano reduction

Italy

1991

June

 

Concert

Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa

Open air: Professional debut

Italy

 

 

 

October Concerts

 

 

 

MAURICE RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess

JOSÉ CURA, If I die, Live on! (World premiere of the orchestral version)

JEAN SIBELIUS's Symphony No. 1 in e minor, op. 39

José CURA | the voice of Pablo Neruda

Zlata ADAMOVSKÁ | the voice of Matilda Nerudové

PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. M. PRAHY FOK

Pietari INKINEN | conductor

José Cura is presented here not only as a singer but also as a composer, in this case, of the musical-literary drama If I die, Live on! based on the verses of Pablo Neruda’s one hundred sonnets about love.

 

February 2015 Concerts

 

 

 

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Vigil (selection)

OTTORINO RESPIGHI Il Tramonto*

JOSÉ CURA Magnificat

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF's Symphony No. 2 in e minor, op. 27


Dagmar PECKOVÁ | mezzo-soprano


PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

Lukáš VASILEK | Chorus master


THE HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Jiri SKOPAL | Chorus master


PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. M. PRAHY FOK

José CURA | conductor


*
Il tramonto (1914) sets Shelley's The Sunset as a "lyric poem" for mezzo-soprano and string quartet

In February 2016, José Cura will stand in front of our Orchestra as conductor and chorus master. José In addition, Cura will conduct one of his favorite composers, Sergei Rachmaninov as well as his own Magnificat, which he wrote in 1988, long before he became famous.

 



 

Charity Recital:  Fundación Prodis, Madrid

 

Extraordinary Recital Benefits Fundación Prodis

When: 9 April 2015
Where: Auditorio Nacional, Madrid
Time: 19:30
Artists: Ruggero Raimondi (barítono), Sabina Puértolas (soprano),
José Cura (tenor), Marina Pado (mezzosoprano) and Rosa Torres-Pardo (piano)

G. Rossini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia: “La calunnia è un venticello…”, aria de Don Basilio; “Una voce poco fa…”, cavatina de Rosina

 R. Leoncavallo

 Pagliacci: “Si può?…”

 G. Puccini

 Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro…”, aria de Lauretta
 Tosca: Te deum / “E lucevan le stelle…”, aria de Cavaradosi, acto IV
 La Boheme: “Quando m’en vo…”, vals de Musetta, acto II

 H. Paniza

 Aurora: “Canción a la bandera”

 E. de Curtis

 “Malafemmena”
 “I te vurriavassà”

 C. Guastavino

 “Se equivocó la paloma” (texto R. Alberti)
 “La rosa y el sauce” (texto F. Silva)

 G. Giménez

 El barbero de Sevilla: “Me llaman la primorosa”, romanza de Elena

 R. Chapí

 Las Hijas de Zebedeo: “Carceleras”

 P. Neruda

 “Pensé morir”

 G. Enríquez

 “Huellas en la arena”

 M. Falla

 El Amor Brujo: “Canción del fuego fatuo”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert for the 15th Anniversary of Prodis Foundation

Fundación Prodis.Org

Ruggero Raimondi, José Cura, Sabina Puértolas and Rosa Torres-Pardo, along with Marina Pardo and the group Coralia, united their voices to benefit the Prodis Foundation on its 15th anniversary.


Madrid, April 10, 2015 --
Ruggero Raimondi, José Cura, Sabina Puértolas and Rosa Torres-Pardo, along with Marina Pardo and the group Coralia, performed during an opera recital at the National Auditorium to support the 15th Anniversary of the Prodis Foundation. The artists selflessly acted to help the Foundation raise funds, which will be used to employee young people with intellectual disabilities.

This is the seventh recital that Ruggero Raimondi has organized to help Prodis.  It is also the seventh consecutive year that it has been sponsored by the GMP Foundation.

The concert started with José Cura singing "Si puó..." (Pagliacci Prologue) by Ruggero Leoncavallo, followed by Sabina Puértolas singing "Quando m´in vo" (La bohème) by Giacomo Puccini; then Ruggero Raimondi sang “La calunnia è un venticello…” (Barber of Seville) by Gioachino Rossini.  All were accompanied on piano by Rosa Torres-Pardo.   

For his part, tenor José Cura sang "E lucevan le stelle" (Tosca) by Puccini and recited and sang Pablo Neruda’s “Pensé morir” and Carlos Guastavino’s “La rosa y el sauce".  He ended with the exciting “Canción a la bandera” (Song to the Flag) by Ettore Panizza.


The concert’s finale was the well-known “Solamente una vez”, sung by the four principles and Coralia.  The audience enthusiastically cheered the performers. 

 

 

 

Madrid - National Theater: VII Recital Prodis Foundation

 

Opera Click

Alicia Perris

A special evening on Thursday at the National Auditorium, a different audience: emotional, enthusiastic, willing and able. The Prodis Foundation brought together a group of artists for a gala full of charm and tenderness, with the great assistance of the presenter, a member of the institution who are defined as ‘youths with different capabilities.”

Anyone who has worked or interacted with children with Down syndrome knows well the warmth of their manner, their interest in approaching, in learning, in integrating themselves into a society that has not been designed for them. They are delightful.

The organizers state in the program that “This year the Prodis Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary. Over these years we have strived to bring intellectual disabilities into society, pursuing the goal of providing the necessary support to four hundred people with whom we are currently working to improve quality of life, helping them in their personal development and social and labor inclusion. Proceeds from this concert will go to defray the cost of programs and services that are developed by Prodis. We take this opportunity to reiterate our deep gratitude to all the people and institutions that have made possible these 15 years of hard work.”

Great singers and musicians have participated throughout these years in the recitals organized by this foundation and this time they turned to internationally acclaimed personalities, the highly renowned the baritone Italian Ruggero Raimondi and the tenor and director José Cura.

Raimondi, deeply involved for personal and family reason in this project, included the young people of Prodis, seated in the choir stalls, during his performance as did the other participants.

His performances in films like Tosca, Rigoletto, Carmen, and the legendary Don Giovanni with Teresa Berganza and Boris Zulawski are part of cinematic legend. He has also been Don Quixote and Felipe II, singing superbly the Act IV aria from Verdi’s Don Carlo, though at this performance it would have been too melancholy. He substituted instead a very funny recreation of Barber of Seville.

José Cura was fantastic and dashing with his Pagliacci, his touching "E lucevan le stelle," and especially exciting for me, his version of the “ Aurora which has been adopted in homage as the Argentine flag and sung every day in schools, as well as his own composition of the Pensé morir with lyrics by Pablo Neruda and, of course, “La rosa y el sauce” by the Argentine master Carlos Guastavino. Together with Alberto Ginastera, Guastavino spearheaded composition in Argentina, just as Heitor Villa Lobos did in Brazil. […]

The graceful Spanish soprano Sabina Puértolas delivered with a very good vocal line a beautifully sung "O mio babbino caro" and "Quando m´en vo´" from Puccini and “Canción de Vilja” from the Merry Window. She had taste and an excellent relationship with mezzo-soprano Marina Pardo, who offerend “Canción del fuego fatuo” and “Todas las mañanitas” as well as duetting the Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman with Puértolas. The mezzo has an ample registry and a delicate and fit voice.

The pair offered female voices to accompany Raimondi and Cura, as did the vocal group Coralia.  The renowned Spanish pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo soloed with Falla’s Fire Dance and as an accompanist throughout the performance. Torres-Pardo was better when not playing forte, which was usually supported with energetic foot accompaniment.

The audience, which included Alberto Gallardón, the former Minister of Justice from the current Spanish government, and Ana Botella, mayor of Madrid, along with family, friends, and volunteers, applauded and encouraged the participants of Prodis, as well as the artists who made the concert a unforgettable night.

After the concert, Maestro Cura and Raimondi greeted each other backstage. They were delighted and satisfied, brandishing the red roses that had been offered them by Prodis, excited. Jubilation. Tutti.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

I am sharing with you a picture that represents a loving memory of a very touching moment for me. It was the 9th of April during a concert for Prodis (http://www.fundacionprodis.org) and the photo is from the moment I sing the Pagliacci Prologue. As many of you know, I always take the chance of holding some kid's hand if I find one in the closest seats when I walk in, and so this time was Ana's chance.

Ana is 21 and, despite suffering Down syndrome, is the smartest girl I that ever accompanied me when singing this aria. Usually, the kid in turn remains stiff like a log... On the contrary, Ana literally "performed" with me, portraying, unconsciously, the role of the "little clown".

Watching her while I was singing was both a balm for my soul and a dangerous thing too, because her innocence got me so deep that I had to concentrate a lot in order not to choke with emotion. At the end, I was relief to see that almost everybody in the auditorium was weeping, so it was not just me...

Thank you, sweet Ana, and thank you very much to all of you, wonderful kids of the Prodis Foundation, for your example!

 

 

 

 

Gala Performance at L'Arena di Verona

We couldn't find any reviews--but then, how could anything this special be assessed?  Below is a collection of 'stuff' we were able to find, beginning with José Cura's own memories of the beginning of his European singing career...

 

José Cura, via his Facebook

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"22 years after I stood on Arena di Verona's legendary stage for the first time and 8 years since the last time I sung there last, I will be back in my beloved Verona, the Italian city that was our home for 4 years, between 1991 and 1995, when we arrived from Argentina full of youth and dreams."

Audio:  "Nessun dorma" Vincero

 

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Verona Gala Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenor José Cura with Open Heart at the Opera of Monte-Carlo

                           

Musicologie.org

3 December 2014

Jean-Luc Vannier

Monaco

Translated by Denise Ash

Those who, on Tuesday2 December, took advantage of the intermission to leave the Garnier concert room will have denied themselves a great pleasure.  Perhaps they were attending tenor José Cura’s recital with the secret hope of hearing again that extraordinary voice that had charmed them in April 2013 during the performance of Verdi’s Stiffelio which highlighted the closing of the Monegasque lyrical season?  Yet, with two good hours of “Argentinian Songs” the former student from the choir at the Colon Theater of Buenos Aires literally cast a spell on the audience which included a small number of South Americans; in the same way, a young couple from Riyad—he is a surgeon from the King Saoud University Health Center—savored all the soft musicality of the melodies in spite of the uncompromising language barrier.  No need to understand José Cura: it was enough to let his affects carry you away in the poetic universe of the Argentinian tenor.

Accompanied by pianist Kristin Okerlund, professor at the Vienna Conservatoire, with a treasure of delicacy in the interpretation including a Debussy-like gossamery rubato of the “Violetas”, excerpt from the poems of Luis Cernuda, and also assisted by Anthéa Sogno as a narrator, José Cura opened up wholeheartedly with a program dedicated to love, sadness and nostalgia.  “No tenor tonight,” he said while asking the person in charge of the stage, “the center of the theater’s life”, for “more light in the room itself in order to better see”…his audience.  “In good French from the Sorbonne,” he added with amusement, “we will treat ourselves with a hell of a night with the most beautiful poetries from my country.”  After “Desde el fondo de ti” by Hilda Herrera, founder in 2002 of the “Creadores e Intérpretes de la Musica Argentina en Piano” (CIMAP) and a moving “Lagrimas” adapted from Maria Elena Walsh’s “Postal de Guerra”, the opera singer who has also become a director and stage designer insisted in making explicit the origin and the meaning of each melody to be sung.  “Funeral Coya” by Felipe Boero, whose second term was a title created by Incas from the name of an ethnic group who “is nowadays nothing more than a synonym of poverty.”  From Carlos Lopez Buchardo, he sang the very dark “Cancion del carretero,” where the “carter sings his sacrifice and whose voice carries the burden.”  A long presentation—a captivating story which began at the time of his performance in Francesca da Rimini in 1995—introduced “a change in the register” with “Si muero sobreviveme!” by Pablo Neruda and a poem of sublime beauty evoking death “When I die, I want your hands on my eyes,” and then the overcoming of it, “In this night, my beloved, together, we will overcome the darkness.” Subtly, José Cura’s voice sinks into an unspeakable pain, then in a sudden forte, ultimately cries out from the anguish which submerges us with the ambiguity inherent in all melancholy, in fascinating and intimate afflictions.

Undoubtedly to please some of his frustrated aficionados, the second part demonstrates a rise in the vocal power for the tenor that allowed us to hear “tres canciones sobre poemas de Cernuda” followed by a series of simple songs dedicated to flowers, such as a short song on the mysterious origin of the weeping willow which has “lost its rose.”  This recital was closed beautifully by a brilliant and overwhelmingly heartfelt interpretation of the “Cancion de la Bandera”,” the Song to the Flag”  by Hector Panizza:  originally an aria created for a tenor and played for the opening of the opera house Teatro Colon in 1908, it became a sort of patriotic anthem imposed in the schools of the country.  “It’s my whole life that falls on me in this aria,” were José Cura’s words before offering two “encores” welcomed by the standing ovations of a conquered audience.

 

 

Nostalgic recital of Argentine songs by Jose Cura at Monte-Carlo Opera

Monaco Reporter

Celina

December 5, 2014

 

** Personal Review **

Jose Cura intended to get closer to audience with romantic recital

The famous Argentine tenor Jose Cura returned to the stage of the Opera of Monte-Carlo this past Tuesday, December 2, 2014, after the success of Stiffelio in 2013. But this time around Cura gave a recital of Argentine nostalgic songs by well-known poets, accompanied by Swedish pianist Kristin Okerlund and French actress Anthea Sogno as a narrator. He aspired to communicate directly with the public and open his heart.

As well as portraying the relationship between the poet Pablo Neruda and Matilde Urrutia, the love of his [Neruda’s] life, Cura meant to offer a poetic exploration of Argentinean music. The program included music of Hilda Herrera, Maria Elena Walsh, Alberto Ginastera, Felipe Boero, Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Pablo Neruda and Carlos Guastavino.

Cura sang in a softer voice adequate to the songs, but unfortunately the Salle Garnier is meant for Opera performances and not fit for this type of set up, so it was very difficult to hear him and understand the beautiful lyrics. Besides the audience was there to hear the tenor sing grand arias in high notes, so they were disappointed and a few left during the intermission.

But for the majority who stayed for the second act, we had the pleasure of hearing the grand tenor give a romantic rendition of The Rose and the Willow. And he moved us to tears when he passionately sang the main tenor aria of Aurora (Sunrise), the hymn to the Flag by Argentine composer Hector Panizza.

Aurora is an opera in three acts by the Argentine composer Hector Panizza in 1907, set to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Hector Quesada. Aurora became the second national opera of Argentina, after Felipe Boero’s more popular El Matrero. The main tenor aria “Alta en el Cielo” (“High in the Sky”), at the finale of the second act was used as a national hymn to the Argentine flag. I was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I remember singing the hymn to the flag everyday before class, and now that I realize it was really an Opera, I understand how it was so difficult for us to sing it! I know the lyrics by heart and my husband was mortified thinking I was going to sing along Jose Cura, but I limited myself to lip-singing!

 

Love Sonnet LXXXIX

When I die, I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and the wheat of your beloved hands
to pass their freshness over me once more:
I want to feel the softness that changed my destiny.

I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep.
I want your ears still to hear the wind, I want you
to sniff the sea's aroma that we loved together,
to continue to walk on the sand we walk on.

I want what I love to continue to live,
and you whom I love and sang above everything else
to continue to flourish, full-flowered:

so that you can reach everything my love directs you to,
so that my shadow can travel along in your hair,
so that everything can learn the reason for my song.

 

 

Love Sonnet - XCIV

If I die, survive me with such a pure force

you make the pallor and the coldness rage;

flash your indelible eyes from south to south,

from sun to sun, till your mouth sings like a guitar.

 

I don't want your laugh or your footsteps to waver;

I don't want my legacy of happiness to die;

don't call to my breast: I’m not there.

Live in my absence as in a house.

 

Absence is such a large house

that you’ll walk through the walls,

hang pictures in sheer air.

 

Absence is such a transparent house

that even being dead I will see you there,

and if you suffer, Love, I’ll die a second time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rehearsal Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Year Concert

 

Note:  This is a machine-based translation.  It is provided as a way to offer a general idea of the review but should not be considered definitive

 

Our end of year gift:  José Cura, Szymon Nehring and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra

Małopolskie Centrum Kultury SOKÓŁ

December 2015

[Excerpt]

It was an excellent culmination of the sixth program of the cycle “Polish MusicNow.” The Orkiestra Akademii Beethovenowskiej (Beethoven Academy Orchestra) invited world-renowned conductor, tenor, and composer José Cura and Szymon Nehring, the only Polish finalist of this year’s Chopin Competition, to Congress Center ICE Krakow.  We witnessed an important artistic event.

The Orchestra met with José Cura in May in during the Ady Sari Festival vocal arts competition.  There he conducted them in the Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler in front of a crowd at St Helens in Nowy Sacz.  It was there that the head of the OAB, Martin Klejdysz, suggested a future reunion with the Argentine Maestro.  All was agreed to and once again he stood with his baton in front of the same orchestra, this time with a young Polish pianist. On Sunday, 6 December at the ICE we heard Weinberg Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Rachmaninov's piano concerto number 2, and Karlowicz "Rebirth" Symphony.  The audience warmly welcomed the execution of these works. 

José Cura led the concert with his characteristic precision.  This time he captured the audience, not only in demonstrating the mastery of his profession but also with his directness and sense of humor.  A great artist and modest, normal person—in Cura’s case, these qualities always go hand in hand.

 

 

Note:  This is a machine-based translation.  It is provided as a way to offer a general idea of the review but should not be considered definitive

 

José Cura and Szymon Nehring:  ICE Acoustics are what they are

Stowarzyszenie Muzyki Polskiej (Blog)

Anna Woźniakowska

7 December 2015

[Excerpts]

 

José Cura is known primarily to Krakow music lovers for his cinema projection of great operas.  Gifted with a beautiful tenor voice, he belongs at the forefront (of opera singers).  Few remember that the Argentine artist is also a trained conductor and composer.  He is also a director, stage designer and ... a photographer.  On Sunday in the ICE Congress Centre saw him in his role of conductor.  He performed with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, ending this year's edition of the concert series "Polish Music Now."

The evening opened with Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes op.  47 No. 1 by Mieczysław Weinberg, a well-written, impressive track giving the orchestra room to maneuver and pleasing the audience.  José Cura is a very efficient conductor, with expressive gestures, so the orchestra could impress with the precision of their playing.

Then he led in the Piano Concerto in c minor , op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, with Szymon Nehring as the soloist.  It was interesting to hear him in other than Chopin repertoire.  It is a pity that the acoustics in the ICE is as it is and that the place where I was sitting did not allow for proper sound of the piano, especially in the first movement.  I could, however, appreciate the good cooperation between pianist and conductor.

But the most beautiful work sounded was almost unknown, because I cannot remember when in Krakow the Symphony "Revival" by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz has been presented.  José Cura "played" on the orchestra, doling out themes and threads, emphasizing the climaxes--in a word, he created a beautiful story of love, sadness, despair and hope.  Beethoven Academy Orchestra rose to the heights of artistry under his hand.  No wonder artists had to encore.  All in all, it was a beautiful musical evening.

 

 

Scenes from a Concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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