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If singers are In Love

"Puccini in Love" is the name of the CD, and this is of course wrong. Puccini is not in love, but dead. But the two, the Puccini singing, the are in love, is obvious: With raptured eyes closed, the soprano Aleksandra Kurzak is nestled on the cover photo on the male-seriously into the camera view of the Tenor Roberto Alagna, a glue announces "the perfect couple". "Here! go! it! ! Love!", screams this presentation. Big love, real love, on stage and in life.

And, of course, the marketing of this love, which has its logistical sense. Because the life of a Sängerpaars is complicated: at the Met, he was in Vienna, then a brief Meeting at the Munich airport, before continuing on to Paris will travel to Barcelona the works on the length. Especially when even children are provide.

Unrestrained or discreet

So the couples as couples to engage. However, they do very different: Uninhibited, discreet the other. The soprano Diana Damrau and bass-baritone Nicolas Testé sing about often on the same house, but not always in the same factory. So you could prevent that would be perceived as a package, says Damrau, "because you have to be careful, Yes." It is also helpful that Testé is not a Tenor: Opera in love couple, the two are therefore not in question; if you stand together on the stage, Testé damrau's father or a priest or the villain. In any case, no one could issue the private fortune on the stage.

Anna Netrebko was once romantically involved with a bass-baritone, Erwin Schrott, and in their arena concerts, you had to get Jonas Kaufmann as lovers to a repertoire of half. In the meantime, Netrebko has married but the Tenor Yusif Eyvazov, and also present yourself as the "ideal couple". The season opening at La Scala in 2017 was a baptism of fire, the first CD was called "Romanza"; since then, they are almost only in the double-on-the-go.

And they are increasingly successful, at least Eyvazov its not a particularly charismatic voice is more and more skillful, and power in tow, the super-star wife of a respectable career (old wisdom: opportunities can only benefit, who receives it). In London and Verona, Salzburg, and Barcelona, Paris and Dresden Netrebko/Eyvazov are booked in the coming months as a stage couple.

This should be a record. But Alagna/Kurzak on, get on target and publicity-conscious. Currently, they stand as Otello and Desdemona at the Paris Bastille stage, which is soon to be love there in "Don Carlos" and suffering. Also in Vienna, she sang "Otello", in the Interviews you have told that your little daughter don't find it funny if the dad kill the mom, and the audience will like this "Human Touch".

And more will come, guaranteed. Because Alagna has experience with marriage-singer-in-one solutions. His last wife, the soprano Angela Gheorghiu was, the two were also considered to be a dream couple for Opera fans as for Gossips. No other Opernduo has loved so dearly and a fight as you. Although they also made individually Furore, with their votes and otherwise; Gheorghius airs are legendary, and Alagna will always be remembered as the singer, who stormed to Boos in the middle of the "Aida" from La Scala stage. But together they were unbeatable, live, in the headlines, on CD. "Roberto and Angela Forever" was the last joint recording. Then it was over.

Fit any of the voices?

Now it is "Roberto and Aleksandra". Kurzak is not yet quite as famous as he is (and also not quite as famous as its predecessor); and Alagna is older and a little quieter. But the determination with which you private life and career to promote, is hard to beat. Not everything works; the Bayreuth "Lohengrin" is not said Alagna in July 2018, in the short term, because he was the Text – although he had announced previously, Kurzak will help him in Learning, "they can speak German".

But the Puccini CD, and you will fulfill your purpose. Although there are also weak contributions in the recording: The extract from "Tosca" brings about a as Track 1 back to Off. The voices don't fit so right to each other and to the music; kurzak's soprano Alagnas Tenor is too light, too heavy. Both have a more metallic Timbre that makes things uniform, but not any better.

But then go upward. Kurzak is a lovely Mimì, the girlish figures. Alagna will always find a direct sound, the successfully compensated, what's happening to him in the subtlety Department. And sometimes, Yes, you will succeed together, in fact, intimate moments.

It is not more than other, non-loved operatic couples. But of course, The entertainment value is greater here.

CD: Puccini In Love (Sony Classical)

the staging of an Idyll: Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna will sing an excerpt from Puccini's "La fanciulla del West". (

Created: 22.03.2019, 16:12 PM

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