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Subject: Re: Piotr Beczala
From: W Fiorelli <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:W Fiorelli <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 7 Apr 2012 21:49:15 -0400
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 Beczala is a much better musician than Anna.  
Bill

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: J L Speranza <[log in to unmask]>
To: OPERA-L <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sat, Apr 7, 2012 5:53 pm
Subject: Piotr Beczala


R. Magnuson, in "Re: A Manon to die for":

"[...] Piotr Beczala was  head and shoulders 
above her in the beauty and grace of the line, tonal 
colors drawn from a wide palette, dramatic 
variation of dynamics including heart 
stopping ppps, and the overall 
elegance and refinement that the this music  requires."

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Agreed.

From the New York  Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/arts/music/a-striver-comes-to-an-ignoble-e
nd.html

"[T]enor  Piotr Beczala, in excellent voice, makes a dashing, earnest 
Chevalier des Grieux, the aimless young man who falls in 
love at first sight with the winsome Manon and 
persuades her to run off with him impulsively."
 
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More from wiki's entry for P. B., below. 
Cheers,
Speranza
 
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"[Beczala's] first engagements were with the Landestheatre in Linz,  after 
which he became a regular member of Zurich Opera."
 
"Between 2004-2006, Beczała made several major international house  debuts."
 
"In April 2004, he made his debut at London's Royal Opera House as the  
Italian Tenor in 
Der Rosenkavalier, later returning in October of that year in the title  
role of Faust, then in June 2005 as the 
Duke in Rigoletto, and in September 2006, again in Faust."
 
"In November 2004, he made his San Francisco Opera and American debut as  
Lensky 
in Eugene Onegin. Beczała's La Scala debut came in January 2006 
as the Duke in Rigoletto, the role in which he also made Metropolitan 
Opera debut on December 19, 2006."
 
"In 2007 he was awarded the Munich Opera Festival Prize which acknowledges  
outstanding accomplishments by departments and members of the Bavarian 
State  Opera as well as members of the Festival performance casts for his 
performances  in Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier and Werther."

"Beczała appears as  Alfredo Germont in the Farao Classics recording of La 
traviata which was  nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award. The CD is a live 
recording from the Bavarian  State Opera's March 2006 production with Anja 
Harteros as Violetta, Paolo  Gavanelli as Giorgio Germont, and Zubin Mehta 
conducting."

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