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It started very well with Sonata Appasionata sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, well performed, a good disposition of the three parts, and this was closely folloved up by the shorter Frederic Chopin piece Lullaby in D flat dur op 57. Also well performed. Review by Henning Høholt.
LUCCA: The Orchestra of the Puccini Festival played really well, putting in evidence timbric preciosities and armonic subtleties. Under Daniel Oren’s skilled baton the singers were able to give their vocal best: Mimi: Maria Agresta, Rodolpe: Stefano Secco. Marcello: Gabriele Viviani, and Alida Berti as Musetta. Review by Fabio Bardelli
“I am so excited about this new campaign for David Beckham Bodywear at H&M. I wanted to express the strength and quality of the David Beckham Bodywear collection with these images, and also wearability and fit. I love the range and feel so comfortable in each of the pieces. As soon as the collection was launched, it became second nature for me to wear it!” says David Beckham.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house.
BERGEN: Puccinis udødelige og dramatiske TURANDOT fra 1926 lar seg oppleve i kontrastfylte omgivelser under sensommerhimmelens dråper eller stjernedryss. TURANDOT er den ultimate kombinasjonen av eventyrets og musikkdramatikkens berøringskraft, og som fremdeles utfordrer samtidens operakunstnere til å fange form og innhold ut fra nye perspektiver i egen samtid. Anna Shafajinskaia synger tittelrollen.
The name Valentino has been synonymous with high fashion for almost fifty years. Based in Rome, Valentino is only one of two couture houses recognized by the French government outside of Paris. To day visitorss passing the Valentino boutique at Avenue Matignon, situated between Hotel Plaza Athene and Theâtre des Champs Elysée in Paris, are being pleased with the latest new ideas from the Valentino fashion house.
Over time and across cultures, extraordinary manipulations of the body have occurred in a continuing evolution of the concept of beauty. Fashion can be seen as the practice of some of the most extreme strategies to conform to shifting concepts of the physical ideal.
OSLO: Nå er de på plass! Ballettsjef Ingrid Lorentzen og operasjef Per Boye Hansen hadde denne uken sin første ordentlige arbeidsdag, og det var en stolt og glad adm. dir. Tom Remlov som kunne ønske dem velkommen. Foto: Erik Berg.
COPENHAGEN: Kendte og elskede operettetoner af bl.a. valsekongerne Johann Strauss og Franz Lehár når Tivolis Symfoniorkester får følgeskab af to af Danmarks store, internationale operasangere, Bo Skovhus og Inger Dam-Jensen, til fødselsdagskoncerten i Koncertsalen den 15. august.
“Sacrifice – OPFER – victim” is the motto which Cecilia Bartoli has inscribed upon her second Whitsun Festival.. The Festival includes Vincenzo Bellinis opera Norma with Cecilia Bartolli in the titelrole, and a star filled programme, also including Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps in a reconstructed original version of Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography performed by dancers from the Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg. By Henning Høholt
MUNICH: This year’s summer festival season ends with Violeta Urmana singing Isolde opposite Ben Heppner as Tristan in Richard Wagner’s opera, at the Helsinki Festival on August 18 and 21 and at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm on August 24 under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen in the multi-media version by Peter Sellars and Bill Viola. By Ruth Wischmann
VILNIUS: KŠIŠTOF MARKEVIČ Piano recital. The concert was great. Good flooding. Some times very virtuose, as f.ex. in the Piano sonata No. 5 by Alexander SCRIABIN, and wonderful some times with very big power at the same time in Fantasy-Sonata “After a Reading of Dante”by Franz Liszt, whch ended the concert. Review by Henning Høholt.
LUCCA: Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi as Madama Butterfly. Pinkerton Leonardo Caimi,. OBS: As Sharpless we saw young Turkish singer, Kartal Karagedik, with an interesting light baritone voice. His voice has a wide range, is vibrating and resonant and he uses it with intelligence. As Sharpless he is very convincing, touching and emotionally involved: his impressing phrasing in duet with Cio-Cio-San in the 2nd Act could be almost a model. Good conducting by Valerio Galli. Review by Fabio Badelli. Photos:
COPENHAGEN: Tivoli is celebrating its 169 years Birthday 15. august 2012 169 år og still going strong…Portene og forlystelserne åbnes kl. 11:00. Som en del af aftenens underholdning kan gæsterne smide sig i liggestolene på Plænen og lytte til musikeren og dj’en Ras Money, der har jamaicanske rytmer i blodet. Dagen sluttes af med et stort festfyrværkeri på Plænen kl. 22:45.
From Susan Sarandon’s dress at this year’s Oscars (2005), to their best selling books, Dolce & Gabbana’s strong, sensual style is the very incarnation of la dolce vita at the end of the century.
Vintage Art Edition limited to just 500 signed and numbered copies. Each book is bound in an original vintage Pucci fabric and is accompanied by four art prints of original drawings from the designer Emilio Pucci. Each book will be signed by his daughter Laudomia Pucci.. The book is beautiful, but the prize is also followed yp by how the book looks. I have the feeling that the prize level has been put too high, because to get such a prize it must be an extraordinary name behind it. And upon entering the shop at Avenue Matignon, I dont find it on that level yet.
SWEDEN: One of the recent years most promising opera festival’s in Sweden with the strange sounding name “Opera på Skäret” near the small town of Kopparberg have successfully managed to deliver a fresh, young and energetic performance of Lucia di Lammermoor. In the titelrole the Chinese coloratura soprano Yitian Luan. Kristian Benedikt as Edgardo. Anton Eriksson – Enrico. Levente Pàll – Raimondo. conductor Marcello Mottadelli. Sten Niclasson is both stage director and artistic director of the festival. Review by Signore Ascolta. Photos: Andreas Hylthén.
LUCCA: TOSCA at Torre del Lago by Puccini in his own home: a few hundred metres from his favourite residence, in front of Lago di Massaciuccoli that was the background when he went shooting coots, a new open air Theatre was built a few years ago. In tthe titelrole: Oksana Dyk. Rudy Park was Mario Cavaradossi, Conductor Alberto Veronesi. Review by Fabi Bardelli.
STOCKHOLM: Orlando paladino Joseph Haydn, which is premiered July 29th, are together with Jason & Medea by Francesco Cavalli, which were performed in May-June, the two summer operas at Drottningholm Castle Theatre.. Sweden. Conductor • Mark Tatlow. Director • Sigrid T’Hooft. Designer • Stephan Dietrich.
POTSDAM: On the occasion of the 300th birthday anniversary of King Frederick the Great, Potsdam – the city of palaces – will be in the centre of action. The birthday will be celebrated with different events during all 2012. The Potsdam Baroque Festival is just finished, but we are allready pleased to inform that the next year 2013 the programmes headline will be baroque music by Scandinavian composers. Which, unfortnately often is being forgotten in the festival programmes in the central parts of Europe.
VERSAILLES: Marc Minkowsky conducted brilliant performances of the Händel opera Tamerlano at The Royal Opera de Versailles. Review by Henning Høholt
COPENHAGEN: Det danske kompagni Pivot Dance Company har begejstret publikum verden over bl.a. på de mange udenlandsrejser med Dronningen. Tag med bag kulissen og mød ægteparret og stifterne af kompagniet Mette-Louise og Jesper Kryger, når de gør sig klar til deres første, egentlige forestilling med 15 dansere. Premiere 27. juli kl. 19:00.
Renée Fleming´s Arabella is beautiful at Opera Bastille in Paris. Her wonderful voice is still at its best, and her musicality, stage appearance and personality also as Arabella is outstanding. In the beginning she is singing a lot with moderato and pianissimo, which gives it all an extra beauty. Michael Volle is outstanding as Mandryka. The wonderful soprano Genia Kühmer sings Zdenka. Review by Henning Høholt
PARIS: In Gilbert Deflo´s version of L´Amour des Trois Oranges, from 2005, opera by Sergei Prokoffiev, they have placed it in the best comedia dell arte tradition. As Prokofiev in 1917 was being proposed by Meyerhold, to pay interest to Carlo Gozzi (1720-1806) history L´Amore delle tre melaranc. Review by Henning Høholt.
PARIS: Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacob at Musee des Arts Decoratif, Paris. 9 March–16 september 2012. By Henning Høholt, most of the photos by Tomas Bagackas, – from the opening of the exhibition. This great exhibition is still running at Louvre, and audience are still queiung up to enter. It is interesteing to enjoy how informative the […]