Monday, 13 October 2008

Rossini, Verdi, & Bizet Classic Operas in Portimão

Do you like Opera? If yes do not miss the classics in Portimão. Prepare for a most enjoyable evening of classic entertainment.

Opening Gala Night with excerpts from Rossini, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Puccini, Cilea, Verdi, & Giménez.
Singers: Fernando Guimarães, Maria Luisa de Freitas, Bruno Pereira, Ana Paula Russo, Constantin Nica, Giovanna Lanza, Ruben Amoretti
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo.
Duration: 1h 15 min.
Tuesday: 14th October 2008

The Barber of Seville, Rossini
Staging director: Giulio Ciabati
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Cast & Singers:
Figaro: Luís Rodrigues
Count of Almaviva: Fernando Guimarães
Dr Bártolo: José Corvelo
Rosina: Ana Paula Russo
Don Basílio: Ruben Amoretti
Fiorello: Rui Silva
Choir of the Orchestra of the North
Ensemble Cant’Art; Amalgama Dance Company
Duration: 2h 10min
Friday 17th & Saturday 18th October 2008

Oratory ‘ LLanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias’ by Maurice Ohana
Merges music with the rhythm of the verse and bullfighting.
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Singers: José de Oliveira Lopes
Choir of the Orchestra of the North; Amalgama Dance Company
Duration: 1h 20min
Note: Start time is 10PM
Tuesday: 21st October 2008

Aida, Verdi (concert version)
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Cast & Singers:
Aida: Alexandra Wilson
Radames: Constantin Nica
Amneris: Maria Luisa de Freitas
Amonasro: Luís Rodrigues
Ramfis: Rubén Amoretti
Pharaoh: Bruno Pereira
Priestess:Carla Simões
Messenger: Carlos Courech
Choir of the Orchestra of the North
Ensemble Cant’Art
Duration: 2h 20min
Friday: 24th October 2008

Carmen, Bizet

Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Cast & Singers:
Carmen: Giovanna Lanzo
Don José: Constantin Nica
Escamillo: Luís Rodrigues
Micaela: Elvira Ferreira
Frasquita: Rosalva Mancilla
Mercedes: Sara Estrada
Dancaire: Rodolfo Garay
Remendado: Helder Bento
Zuniga: Bruno Pereira
Morales: Edgar Gil
Choir of the Orchestra of the North
Adágio Choral Group ; Ensemble Cant’Art ; Amalgama Dance Company
Duration: 2h 15min
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October 2008

Shows start at 9.30PM

Venue: Portimão Municipal Auditorium

Ticket prices: €15
Combined ticket for all shows at €60
{Suitable for children aged 8 & 12 (Carmen) and above}

Tickets on sale at Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium (Avenida Miguel Bombarda, 8500-508 Portimão, box office open during weekdays from 2PM to 8.0PM); extended opening hours on show days (10AM till the start of the show).

Location: Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is excellent for musical events and is located in the centre of the city at Avenida Miguel Bombarda, near Portimão’s main tourist office. Easily accessible from Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra and Lagos.

Links & Notes:

Details from Portimão Local Council (in Portuguese)

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868) was a popular Italian composer who created 39 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. His best known works include Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), La Cenerentola and Guillaume Tell (William Tell). (Wikipedia)

The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto (based on Pierre Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville) by Cesare Sterbini. The overture, first written for Aureliano in Palmira, is a famous example of Rossini’s characteristic Italian style. (Wikipedia)

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (pronounced [dʒuˈzɛpːe ˈverdi] in Italian; October 9 or 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of Italian opera in the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, and "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata. Although his work was sometimes criticized for using a generally diatonic rather than a chromatic musical idiom and having a tendency toward melodrama, Verdi’s masterworks dominate the standard repertoire a century and a half after their composition. (Wikipedia)

Aida (sometimes spelled Aïda, IPA: [əɪˈiːdə], from Arabic: عايدة [ˈʕaːjdah]) an Arabic female name meaning "visitor" or "returning"; a Swahili, female name meaning "reward") is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. (Wikipedia)

Ignacio Sánchez Mejías (June 6, 1891, Seville—August 13, 1934, Madrid) was a Spanish bullfighter, one of the greatest in history. He was also a writer. He enjoyed enormous popularity. (Wikipedia)

Georges Bizet was a French composer and pianist of the Romantic era. He is best known for the opera Carmen. (Wikipedia)

Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself influenced by the narrative poem ‘The Gypsies’ (1824) by Pushkin. (Wikipedia)

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