OPERALIFE MAGAZINE, THE OPERA AS YOU NEVER READ IT

From 1st December 2018 OperaLife becomes a magazine too.

Rome, 29th November 2018. From 1st December 2018 the new OperaLife magazine will be downloadable from www.operalife.it

A news that can not to be missed: this is the monthly magazine of OperaLife. A magazine with lots of insights and exclusive contents awaits the readers of the site www.operalife.it which, to celebrate the two years of activity of the association, will launch the first issue on the anniversary day. What to expect from an Opera magazine? The Opera as you have never read it. Fresh, up-to-date, curious and light, the Opera can be fascinating even for the general public who has shown great appreciation to OperaLife.

To download the first issue of the magazine you just go to the portal and download the pdf file made available to readers. In order to read the second issue, which will be released in the first days of 2019, it will be necessary to have the OperaLife membership card. And also in this area the cultural association has a big news: for the first 1000 that will write us, the membership card will be completely free. What do you have to do to get it? Just send an email with your data to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. and receive your personalized card, thanks to which you can access our agreements and our exclusive contents!

Martina Corona

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THE TOP TEN OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FEMALE OPERA SINGERS

The idea for this article comes from a discussion: unfortunately we are used to the stereotype of the robust opera singer because "you mut have a lot of breath and therefore capacious lungs". To debunk this myth, I decided to do a survey: I showed friends and relatives pictures of the most beautiful women singers for me. I asked them to classify the singers according to their tastes using the eyes as their only yardstick, using the physical aspect as a parameter. Here are the 10 most voted singers.

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Why it is said Toi Toi Toi?

This expression is difficult to understand outside the context of the theaters and the Opera, "Toi Toi Toi" is a form of good luck charm that is used before going on stage.

The origin of the expression, which is a universal custom, is still unknown to date, some explanation for example suggest that it derives from the Yiddish "tov", which literally translates as "good". There is no artist, at least in the Opera world, that does not say it before going on stage.

In the Opera world as well as in theatrical performances, wishing "good luck" is absolutely forbidden, because it is believed that it brings the opposite effect to the actor or the singer. "Toi Toi Toi", in fact, is part of that category of idioms that fall into "theatrical superstitions". This list also includes expressions such as the Anglo-Saxon "break your leg" and the not very elegant “merda merda merda" (shit shit shit) used in Italy, Spain and Portugal.

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Shakespeare: the man of art

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), a character who is as famous as he is mysterious: we ignore many facts about him. The main pillar of the theater, he still influences the art world. His works, his characters have been adopted and reinterpreted since their appearance in various artistic disciplines. The Opera world included.

Let's start with my fellow citizens (TN: Mr. Mazza is from Verona): Romeo Montecchi and Giulietta Capuleti find new life in "Roméo et Juliette" by Gounoud and in Bellini's "I Montecchi e i Capuleti". And how many films have been made on the two young Veronese lovers? Many! One of which is "Romeo and Juliet", produced in 1968, and was directed by none other than the maestro Franco Zeffirelli. And how not to mention the painter Francesco Hayez with his two masterpieces "The Kiss" and "L'ultimo bacio di Giulietta e Romeo"? The musical "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein was also taken from the play. Here the reinterpretation lies in modernization (it is set in the 50s). This is also valid for Rossini's "Otello". Instead Verdi's "Otello" and "Macbeth" remain faithful to the original theatrical work.

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Five unforgettable scenographies in the Opera

The Opera is a complex theatrical mechanism that revolves around three elements: music, poetry and scenography. A director who is preparing to stage an opera little can do with the first two: words and music are now inseparable binomial and no changes of any kind are contemplated. He can therefore indulge in the staging of the show, aided by the set designer: the ephemeral nature of this last fundamental element allows continuous repetitions, modifications, additions, provided that the work of the librettist and composer is not modified.

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