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Michael Stimpson’s new opera – Jesse Owens

Michael Stimpson’s new opera – Jesse Owens

Philharmonia Orchestra (orchestra) | Stuart Stratford (conductor) | Abigail Kelly (soprano) | Johnny Herford (baritone) | Megumi Fujita (piano)

One of Britain’s fastest rising composers, Michael Stimpson has been a resident in Barga Vecchia for some time now and has appeared on this site many times over the past decade (all those articles can be seen here) The influence of Barga and this area on his work was put in front of the public for […]

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Uruguayan Baritone Marcelo Guzzo in Barga

Uruguayan Baritone Marcelo Guzzo in Barga

An extremely interesting conversation (in English) with Marcelo recorded this morning on the Mayor's terrace over looking Barga in which he attempts to describe just what it is in the city that has made him decide to base himself here.

Uruguayan Baritone Marcelo Guzzo is been hailed as one of the most outstanding singers of his generation, he has been noticed by critics as “strong and charming” singing with “idealistic pathos in a smooth baritone” (New York Times). His performances have been noted as “honest, heartfelt and rich in tone” (Chicago Tribune). ​ In 2013 […]

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Opera Barga go with crowd funding

Opera Barga go with crowd funding

the second example of crowd sourcing in Barga after the Meez Pheet example earlier on this month

This July Auser Musici and Opera Barga will co-produce the opera IL BAJAZET, the masterpiece by Francesco Gasparini, conducted by Auser Musici’s leader, Carlo Ipata, and directed by Paola Rota. The opera, a great success when first produced, has never been heard or seen in modern times. In 1719 Gasparini wrote his second version of […]

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Giancarlo Morganti – 46 years of Opera Barga

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Please welcome Hannah Moss

Please welcome Hannah Moss

There is something about the light here.  Not in all of Italy necessarily, but here in our very own Lucca. It has a special kind of otherworldly glow that illuminates places it wants us to look. The Corinthian columns residing atop the Duomo inside the Wall, a particularly beautiful tree gently leaning over the city, […]

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Marcelo Guzzo – the road from Barga to Broadway

Marcelo Guzzo – the road from Barga to Broadway

During most of last winter there was a new face and voice to be seen and occasionally heard in Barga – the deep mellow baritone voice of Marcelo Guzzo. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he graduated from the National Lyric Arts School and is hailed as one of the most outstanding Uruguayan singers of his generation […]

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Visitors from Germany enjoying Italian culture and food

Visitors from Germany enjoying Italian culture and food

An organised visit to this area from the Esskultur group based in Berlin, Germany who have been in Barga all this week culminated this evening as they were present in the centuries old Palazzo Pancrazi, the perfect setting for a viewing of a documentary film (thoughtfully provided with German subtitles) “Tosca’a Kiss” by Daniel Schmid. […]

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Opera Barga – work starts

The sound of hammers banging away right through the day in Barga Vecchia  is always a good sign this time of year as it generally means that the annual Operabarga Festival is underway.  We would like to be more precise but details are very difficult to come by. From a site in Wales we can […]

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Welsh Academy students perform in Italy

Young opera stars from Cardiff University are travelling to ‘the home of opera’ to showcase their talents and to develop their skills by immersing themselves in the culture that inspired the repertoire. Students from the International Academy of Voice will undertake a three-week residency in the Italian town of Barga where they will perform a […]

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Concerto di Apertura

Prende il via domani, venerdì 25 luglio alle 21 al Teatro dei Differenti, con il “CONCERTO DI APERTURA” la 41esima edizione del Festival Opera Barga 2008, che fino al 3 agosto prevede altri otto appuntamenti dislocati nella cittadina toscana. L’appuntamento inaugurale, nuovo capitolo della serie «Musica nei borghi», è nel segno della grande musica da […]

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Concerto Lirico di Gala dedicated to Giacomo Puccini

Cardiff International Academy of Voice directed by Dennis O ‘Neill performed a Gala concert dedicated to Giacomo Puccini this evening in the Teatro dei Differenti in Barga. Students from the Academy have been here in Barga since the 5th April when they where joined by the choir Cor Caerdydd for a sacred concert of religious […]