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Stanisław Moniuszko (波蘭歌劇之父斯坦尼斯拉夫·莫紐什科)

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(Gosh I feel embarrassed that I didn’t know (or perhaps only heard without paying much attention to) this name — isn’t this something I should know? :P)

感謝讀者Piotrek來函,我才知道第一次特別注意這個波蘭作曲家(May 5, 1819 in Ubiel, near Minsk – June 4, 1872 in Warsaw, Congress Poland)。查了一下Wikipedia資 料,有趣的是由於他在Vilnius (Lithuania) 任職過,該城還有他的銅像呢!我一定要記得去看看。他一生造訪St Petersburg 多次,受Mikhail Glinka及Alexander Dargomyzhsky欣賞,並且認識Mily Balakirev, Modest Mussorgsky and Alexander Serov,此外也教過César Cui(!)生涯發展的關鍵則是1848年造訪Warsaw(華沙),爾後結識Włodzimierz Wolski、最終並一同作出其代表作歌劇Halka。在Prague他見過Smetana,而且Halka在該地首演竟然還是Smetana準備(指揮?)的!!他也在Weimar和Liszt見過面。

(OK, I checked Amazon and noticed that I did see in some CD shops — mainly in Europe — the CPO full recording of Halka, so I’m not a complete failure.  And I also have listened to recordings of the Polish tenor Wieslaw Ochman, who is featured in this recording too! I think I did Read the rest of this entry

Riga and Vilnius operas: BOTH! 行程頭二齣歌劇!

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Vilnius Opera utilizes a fancy system for patrons to book tickets.  Unfortunately an online customer can only pay by making a transfer from a Lithuanian bank account.  Otherwise, pay cash at the box office, which is of course located in Vilnius, Lithuania.  However, it’s imperative I see Tchiakovsky’s Eugene Onegin!!! The payment system comes with an online assistance feature, although that doesn’t help much in this case.  我可是超想看《尤金奧涅金》~不然我去Vilnius幹嘛~(正解:觀光啊)

不過今天(由於刪去Estonia的Rakvere、Sillamae、Narva,必須)重新處理波羅的海三小國和波蘭的安排時,發現雖然我本來不太想看Riga的Don Giovanni,但時間往前移二天的結果是我可以看5/10的Aida呢。是沒很想看這種戲,因為很怕製作欠佳和/或歌手欠佳。仍然寫email去問,因為Riga Opera的購票網頁有問題,結果 Read the rest of this entry

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