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It’s Raining Hunky Opera Men in Seattle

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Thanks to an NCOpera reader for mentioning this article about Seattle Opera’s production of Bizet’s first opera, Les Pêcheurs de Perle (The Pearl Fishers). Well actually, the article is not on the production itself but on its buff tenor (William Burden shown above in the role of Nadir) and bass singer, Patrick Carfizzi (who as Nourabad displayed physical and vocal heft on stage), and how they bulked up to their hunky selves. Below is an excerpt from Excellence Health and Fitness club where they trained. If you want a detailing of their fitness program (in case you too want to be a buff opera tenor) go to the article directly.

“At the beginning of December two wonderful guys approached Elias Roberts, personal trainer at Excellence Health and Fitness. They were interested in changing their physiques because they would be on stage, with their shirts off, in front of 2,600 people….How can Elias influence these two guys to stay focused on their nutrition and consistent with their workouts in order to dramatically change their bodies in one months time?  Well, these two guys were determined to work as hard as possible….These two guys happened to be the stars of Seattle Opera’s “Pearl Fishers”.  William Burden, playing Nadir, the love struck lead, and Patrick Carfizzi playing Nourabad, the high priest….January 10th was opening night at McCaw Hall and the two men looked amazing with defined arms, chest, and abs.”

Who knew, fit opera singers!?!  Oxymoron?  Not anymore! While The Pearl Fishers is not on the same level as Bizet’s crown jewel, Carmen, it’s still has some beautiful arias and duets in addition to being set in an exotic location (Ceylon) and raining hunky men. Learn more about the Seattle production of The Pearl Fishers in this Seattle Times article.

Written by Darla

January 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

Verdi Was A Goth

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"We Cry, We Suffer, We Die." Mmmmm. Death-rock goth indeed.



Looking to attract the slasher-movie goer to its 2010 season, Teatro Alla Scala–one of the world’s most famous opera houses–rebrands to target a new, younger generation. And the message from Milan is that the youthful, sassy rebranding is working.

“This campaign challenges the idea that opera is difficult, boring, old and not for mere mortals, especially poor ones,” said Donatella Brunazzi, the brain behind the new strategy.

The rebranding has all proved too much for traditionalists such as Italo-French director Denis Krief. “You don’t sell opera like a pair of jeans,” he said. Oh, Mr Krief, don’t be sooooo yesterday.

Watch this video ad for “LaScalaUNDER30”, a project by the Teatro dedicated to under 30s. Death-rock goth indeed.

Written by Darla

November 19, 2009 at 8:47 am

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