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Acest impresar, acele vremuri…


O sa trisez putin recomandand aceasta carte pe care, din lipsa de timp, n-am apucat inca s-o citesc: Domenico Barbaja a fost impresarul lui Rossini, al lui Rubini si a avut o mare influenta in evolutia carierelor lui Donizetti, Bellini, Colbran, Paganini etc. Este prima biografie a acestui personaj spectaculos, Rossini l-a catalogat “the most ferocious opera director”.

Am tot rasfoit-o zilele astea si am dat peste o intamplare despre premiera operei “Matilde di Shabran” pe care am avut norocul s-o vad pe scena. Ghici cine a dirijat premiera:

“Paganini spent several months in the south, and was performing in Palermo while Rossini was in Naples preparing the opera “Matilde di Shabran” for the Roman Apollo Opera, Paganini had hoped to accompany Rossini when he travelled up from Naples to Rome in November but he was unable to go north until January, so he rejoined his friend in Rome.

Paganini’s timing could have not been better. Rossini had become exasperated by the obstacles that were being thrown in his way in Rome, a situation that was exacerbated when the planned conductor of the opera suddenly died. Paganini himself jumped into the breach to conduct the first few performances of “Matile di Shabran”, and even played what was meant to be a horn solo on the violin, after the horn player fell ill before a performance.

Rossini and Paganini celebrated by joining in the carnival festivities incognito with two friends dressed up like blind musicians, busking for hand-outs from passers-by. Rossini exaggerated his already impressive physique by stuffing his clothing, and the stick-thin Paganini wore feminine attire to accentuate his slicky body to give it an utterly cadaverous appearance. For Paganini, this is unlikely to have been much of a costume: the German writer and essayist Heinrich Heine wrote that Paganini always looked as if he were on his deathbed.” (Philip Eisenbeiss, “The life and Times of the Legendary Opera Impresario DOMENICO BARBAJA”).

Anecdota despre nasterea ariei “Di tanti palpiti” o stiti? Revin!

4 comments

  • Raluca

    Nu stiu anecdota! O astept… cu sufletul la gura
    Sa nu-mi spuneti ca Matilde di Shabran pe care ati vazut-o a fost cu JDF! As fi ingrozitor de invidoasa! :-)

    • OperaOnline

      @Raluca: in primul rand, insist sa ne zicem “tu”. OperaOnline e un blog unde suntem toti de aceeasi varsta :-)
      In al doilea, daca ai putina rabdare (ok, mai multa ca stau prost cu timpul), iti imprumut cartea dupa ce o citesc. E senzationala!!
      Si, da, am vazut Matilde di Shabran cu Florez si Kurzak. Si asa mi-ai dat ideea pentru “Vazute, auzite. Traite!” de duminica. Au trecut 4 ani dar tin mintea seara aia ca si cum ar fi fost ieri!
      Deci…keep in touch :-)
      PS: imagineaza-ti ca am fost martora la asa ceva:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK45wakiYsM

  • Raluca

    Imi imaginez, trebuie sa fi fost un chin! :-) Muzica asta da dependenta! Mai ales cind e cintata cum trebuie.

  • Ioana

    Subscriu la dependenta de Rossini – de doua zile nu ma pot desprinde de clipurile din La Donna del Lago aparute deja pe YouTube. Nu-mi vine sa cred ca am ascultat-o live, a fost una dintre cele mai frumoase seri “operatice” din viata mea.

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