Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9, 2002: Jose Cura in Aalborg

2002-11-09 Opera Concert, Aalborg Kongress & Kultur Center

José Cura, tenor & conductor
Giuseppina Trotta, mezzo
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Fernando Alvarez, conductor



CONCERT WITH THE TENOR JOSÉ CURA
with AALBORG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under the baton of Fernando Alvarez. Guest soloist: mezzosoprano GUISEPPINA TROTTA in Aalborghallen, Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center, at 20hrs.


PROGRAM
Giuseppe Verdi
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO - Ouverture, Cura conducts
He still thinks conducting is about the exact notes. So this ouverture is not alive, his excact movements, makes it fuzzy.
Il CORSARO - Ah si, ben dite - Tutto parea sorridere Cura sings
He sings wonderfully, but he does have a cold. He moves too much, what was cute in the DVD Passion for Verdi is not cute in Aalborg.
IL TROVATORE - Madre, non dormi Duett: Cura/Trotta
The mezzo is to young to give Azucena the drive she needs, but she tries to be real even if this is a concert. Cura is his usual Manrico

Pietro Mascagni
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA- Voi lo sapete, o Mamma Trotta
This aria is like exam for the mezzo, does Trotta pass the Santuzza test. Well, there is a great promise in her rendition.

Amilcare Ponchielli
LA GIOCONDA Cielo e mar Cura sings
A wonderful rendition of Cielo e mar.

Giacomo Puccini
MANON LESCAUT Intermezzo Cura conducts
He starts the intermezzo by nodding to the cellist, and slowly he builds up this intermezzo, and what a wonderful building it is. BRAVO Cura and Aalbirg Symphony Orchestra

Giacomo Meyerbeer
L'AFRICAINE O, paradiso Cura sings
This time Cura sings it better, but still the prononciation could and must be improved
Cura speaks.Oh new world you belong to me Cura (Vasco da Gama) sang in L'Africaine, and in Aurora, the new world have got it freedom.
Hector Panizza
AURORA Cancion de la Bandera Cura sings
Spendid rendition of this Argentine aria

Intermission

Camille Saint-Saëns
SAMSON ET DALILA Bacchanale Cura conducts
Cura conducts a wonderful bacchanele
Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix Trotta / Cura
When Cura comes and sings the Samson lines, it is perfect

LE CID O souverain, o juge, o père Cura sings
Wonderful aria sung perfectly

Georges Bizet
CARMEN Prelude Cura conducts
Wonderful prelude by Cura and Aalborg, going directly to the Habanera. Trotta is going onto the stage during the predude
Habanera Trotta, Cura conducts
Cura conducts Trotta, and Trotta sings Carmen. She is not a full-borne Carmen, yet.
La fleur que tu m'avais jetée Cura sings
A magical Flower-song by Jose Cura
Entr'acte, act 4
Alvarez conducts the Entr'acte, wonderful
C'est toi, c'est moi Trotta / Cura
Wonderful and dramatic Carmen Duet.

EXTRA
Addio, fiorito asil (MADAMA BUTTERFLY) Cura
Seguedilla (CARMEN) Trotta / Cura
Nessun dorma (TURANDOT) Cura

When Cura errs in Nessun dorma it only makes
this opera night more magical.

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