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Galina Vishnevskaya obituary

Striking Russian opera singer and wife of Mstislav Rostropovich, she was made an 'unperson' during the Soviet era

The soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, who has died aged 86, coloured her performances of opera, and especially of Russian song, so beautifully that full comprehension was not essential for enjoyment. Of course, once you did understand the words, you realised how much meaning she brought to them.

Possessed of a striking physical presence with lustrous dark hair, she was such a natural actor that she became the star of her generation at the Bolshoi opera company in Moscow, forging artistic relationships with the stage director Boris Pokrovsky and the conductor Alexander Melik-Pashaev. And – appropriately for a performer who sang with all the skill of an instrumentalist – for more than half a century she was married to Mstislav Rostropovich, not just a great cellist, but also a considerable conductor and pianist.

Their marriage – her third
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'The Exile' (Egyptian Political Drama Set Against Backdrop Of Deposed President Hosni Mubarak)

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Egyptian filmmaker Atef Hatata is set to direct a romance/political drama set against the backdrop of the real-life production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the 3,500-year-old Pharaonic Temple in Luxor (Egypt) in 1987, titled The Exile, which Cairo-based Zad Communication is producing, in its first international co-production, teaming with Paris-based Mact Productions on the project. The reportedly $2.2 million project will "explore suppression and political corruption under the rule of deposed President Hosni Mubarak through the tale of a female French ceramics expert who goes to Egypt to study the work of a traditional master craftsman." As if...
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Sky Arts shows it means business

With its Playhouse Presents plays, live opera and a new series starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, Sky Arts is increasingly moving up the must-watch list

Sky Arts is keen on springing surprises of the "odd but interesting" kind. The latest example is the engagement of Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men's Jon Hamm to star in A Young Doctor's Notebook, an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's Village of Muryovo set in 1917 which will broadcast next year under the Playhouse Presents banner. Made as a four-part comedy drama by Rev producer Big Talk Productions, it is bound to be worth sampling. Much the same thing can be said of the current, third and best run of original plays on the channel, which have featured pairings such as Sir Tom Jones and Brenda Blethyn discovering a lost love.

The results aren't always brilliant – but the key is that Sky
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Mike Figgis beds down with Lucrezia Borgia

Opera novice Mike Figgis is taking charge of Lucrezia Borgia at the Eno. Trouser parts and Renaissance porn were part of a steep learning curve

Mike Figgis is about to make his debut as an opera director at English National Opera. But his production of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia is hardly the fulfilment of a dream for the 62-year-old Oscar-nominated director. "I was never an opera-goer growing up. I was a jazz musician. I'd go and see Miles Davis. It would never cross my mind to go to the opera. My only preconceptions about opera were based on clips I had seen, to be honest." He smiles sheepishly beneath his mop of hair. "I only went to my first opera three or four years ago, when my girlfriend took me to the Met in New York."

Figgis is the latest in a long line of Eno's recruits from the worlds
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Holiday music break – Leontyne says goodbye

Just like I did for my previous Shadow and Act holiday music break on Thanksgiving on Duke Elllington (Here), here’s another incredible music moment. The date was January 1985 and opera singer Leotyine Price, after an extraordinary and history making career spanning decades, was making her final operatic performance at The Metropolitan Opera in New York in her perhaps, signature role in Verdi’s opera Aida.

The moment came during Act III in the opera when Aida sings the famous and moving aria O Patria Mia. At the end of the aria, which Price despite singing the role countless time sang it that night more beautifully than during any other time of her career, the audience responds with an thunderous ovation so intense and rapturous that it’s still in the record books of the Met Opera.

But watch Price’s reaction. At first she struggles to control her emotions,
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Actress Italian-Style.

Jose here.

As I was watching The Story of Adele H. yesterday it struck me how Isabelle Adjani is still one of the few actresses to have been Oscar nominated more than once for performances in a foreign language.

Only twelve actresses have received Best Actress nominations for non-English speaking roles (the Academy usually waits for them to work in Hollywood and then reward them...see Simone Signoret, Juliette Binoche, Ingrid Bergman and Penélope Cruz) and out of these ladies, only three have repeated; Adjani (75 and 89), Liv Ullmann (72 and 76) and Sophia Loren (61 and 64).

Out of them only Ms. Loren won.

This bears repeating and celebrating today, more than any other time, because it happens to be her birthday.

She was born, wait for it, 76 years ago in Rome where she spent her childhood dancing, playing the piano and migrating to the country after she was injured during an attack in WWII.
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Theater Review: Bailiwick Chicago Rediscovers a Buried ‘Aida’

Chicago – When the initial production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” made its foray to the Broadway stage, following what was surely a tempestuous artistic adolescence, the public hurrah with which it was met signaled the birth of two eminent stage relations. First, that of John’s with both Broadway and West End investors, a collaboration that has far outstretched the boundaries set forth by “The Lion King”.

Second, and perhaps more ardently, was “Aida’s” indication of what was to be an unpredictable dance between the Walt Disney Corporation and the mouse’s previously untapped territory, the stage. Technically ambitious if artistically clumsy, “Aida”, with its droves of pubescent followers, always appeared content with its hollowed bellwether position.

Play Rating: 4.5/5.0

Forgoing the more recent and bellicose film interpretations, Lookingglass has once again mounted its decidedly percipient excursion down Carroll’s rabbit hole. What “Alice” wants in vicious
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Aida | Unreported World | When Romeo Met Juliet | Fighting the Red Baron | Watch this

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Aida | Unreported World | When Romeo Met Juliet | Fighting the Red Baron

Aida

7.30pm, BBC3

Part of the Opera On the BBC season, and possibly the most spectacular instalment, this is Graham Vick's production of Verdi's Aida, as performed on the outdoor floating stage in Lake Constance, by Bregenz in western Austria. The venue has previously hosted acclaimed productions of several of Verdi's operas, and its epic possibilities should suit Aida better than most. Russian soprano Tatiana Serjan plays the eponymous Ethiopian princess, opposite Italian tenor Rubens Pelizzari as Egyptian officer Radames. The real star, though, is the set itself. However sumptuous the indoor setting of an opera, it's usually difficult to involve actual ships. Spectacular.

Unreported World

7.35pm, Channel 4

"Cigarette in one hand, a bag of coca in the other, and dynamite all over the floor": Seyi Rhodes and Matt Haan venture down into a
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Voice 10, Acting…10

The ability to suspend disbelief has always been the operagoer's stock-in-trade. You have to be able to squint just right to imagine that the 40-something soprano who could best you at arm wrestling is a callow, put-upon waif.Or that the wooden tenor with the spindly legs has the charm to make those comely village girls swoon in their dirndls. Sometimes the magnificence of the voice alone will prime your imagination. But sometimes, beautiful notes are not enough.The opera world surely felt vindicated, then, when Brazilian-born baritone Paulo Szot won the 2008 Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his performance as Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Like Szot, many of today's opera stars pride themselves on being fluid, believable actors. Back Stage spoke recently with Szot and others about how they have developed the acting side of their craft,
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2009 Los Angeles Acting Schools and Coaches Listings

Acting COACHINGThe following individuals or companies specialize in one-on-one acting coaching. Private coaching is also available from the majority of those listed in the "Acting Schools and Classes" category. Coaches in other specialties, such as musical theatre, voiceover, or young performers, are listed in those categories.Jules Aaron(323) 660-7342Aaron, the former head of of graduate programs at CalArts and U.C. Riverside, is an award-winning director and acting teacher. He has won directing awards from the L.A. Drama Critics Circle and Back Stage. He coaches actors for specific auditions, develops appropriate monologues, and conducts cold reading sessions. By audition only.Phyllis APPLEGATEOne-On-One(323) 655-5167Emmy-nominated character actor Applegate studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute on scholarship. She offers ongoing individual performance coaching combining Strasberg's methods with her own. Applegate coaches actors on audition techniques, cold readings, character creation, scene study, and text interpretation.The Audition COACHWest Hollwood, www.myspace.
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