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Title: Opera houses of the world
Post by: t-p on January 04, 2012, 05:05:23 pm
We all know big opera houses, but there are many different opera houses in the world. Today I heard about opera house in Alma-Ata ( think it is Almaty now).
Here is how it looks
http://www.virtourist.com/asia/almaty/34.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAAWcVgaqv0






Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: Neil McGowan on January 04, 2012, 07:54:30 pm
Magnificent :))  I once heard LA TRAVIATA in the Almaty opera house :) 

Another very unusual opera house in the FSU is at Ulan-Ude, in Buryatia. Who else but the commissars in Moscow would have deemed it essential to build an opera and ballet theatre in the new city built for the Buryat nomads?  I mean prioritise building it above, say, shops or schools or hospitals? :)  Or a university?  But indeed that's exactly what they did!

And here it is:
(http://www.globosapiens.net/data/reportpix/picture/ulan-ude-report-1756-0.jpg)


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: t-p on January 04, 2012, 09:33:39 pm
This is very impressive complex.
I found that there is Tajik opera. http://www.avesta.tj/eng/show-sport/526-tajik-state-academic-opera-and-ballet-theater-opens-its-71st-season.html

I couldn't find any information on cmposer  Mustafo Bafoeva.


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: guest54 on January 05, 2012, 04:36:26 am
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/34/Alteoper-ffm002.jpg/640px-Alteoper-ffm002.jpg)

For a time in the '-seventies of the last century, I walked every morning past the ruin of the "old" opera house at Francfort on the Maine. Upon the frieze appear writ large the words: "DEM WAHREN SCHOENEN GUTEN" (for the true the beautiful the good). Inspiring are they not? I found them so, and I particularly approved of the absence of commas.

Since those days this beautifullest of buildings, erected originally in 1880, and having avoided a Minister of Finance's threat of entire demolition by dynamite, has been re-constructed. A very-large-scale photo-graph, wherein that frieze and its legend clearly appear, may be studied here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/Alteoper-ffm002.jpg


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: ahinton on January 05, 2012, 09:54:13 am
Francfort on the Maine
Quoi?...


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: t-p on January 05, 2012, 04:05:53 pm
Thank you Mr Sidney Grew. It is beautiful building. I am delighted that they restored it!!!!


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: guest54 on January 22, 2012, 10:28:15 am
Astana in the country of Kazakhstan boasts two fine examples -

A (not very) old one:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/14/ALAGATOB.JPG/640px-ALAGATOB.JPG)

And a new one (just one section of this building I read):
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/26/PyramidPeaceReconciliation.jpg/576px-PyramidPeaceReconciliation.jpg)

The residents of Astana are fortunate - there is no opera house within a thousand miles of my place of residence, so  a newly-aroused interest in opera as an art form will have to be fed via Arte-Fr and similar Inter-web sites.

Astana also has a very grand-looking concert hall:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cb/Kazakhstan_Central_Concert_Hall2.JPG/640px-Kazakhstan_Central_Concert_Hall2.JPG)

And talking of concert halls, and oddly enough, in my experience Hong Kong is one of the best cities for live performances of art-music. There is no grubbing and grasping. And there is Cantonese opera on top of that.

Here for good measure is Copenhagen's impressive new opera house:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/53/Copenhagen_Opera_corner_1.jpg/640px-Copenhagen_Opera_corner_1.jpg)



Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: t-p on January 22, 2012, 05:12:50 pm
They are great examples of contemporary buildings that are amazing. I personally love piramide shape building. Thanks  you Mr Sydney Grew.


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: Neil McGowan on January 22, 2012, 07:22:23 pm
What a fine collection of opera houses :)

Another new opera house (2011) which has garnered some praise for its design is in Oslo:

(http://www.designbuild-network.com/uploads/feature/feature2170/1-oslo-opera-house.jpg)

Kazakhstan's interest in opera is not only a soviet-era legacy - the practitioner's daughter studied professionally as a mezzo-soprano, although I believe she has never taken up the profession in a full-time capacity.  She has, however, given recitals on tv.  Sadly the rest of the profession in Kazakhstan is in less good shape than the opera house itself - most of the decent orchestral players have fled abroad in search of better wages.  Regrettably this is the case in so many performance venues in the formerly Socialist world - the opera in Belgrade has been severely hamstrung in this regard :(


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: Neil McGowan on February 09, 2012, 09:18:19 am
Now admit it - how many of you knew there was an opera-house in Eritrea?  Although of course, given the role of Italy in that city's careworn past, it's harly surprising to discover there is.  (Allegedly it is now under full restoration to its former glory).

(http://www.andreas-praefcke.de/carthalia/world/images/er_asmara_theatre.jpg)

In fact the admirably eclectic Atlantic Magazine has a full article about Eritrea as the 'Art-Deco Capital of Africa" (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/02/african-citys-unusual-preservation-legacy/1163/).  Prepare to be agreeaby surprised :)


Title: Re: Opera houses of the world
Post by: t-p on March 17, 2012, 07:19:08 pm
There was  interesting introduction of new opera house in Florence on Music Matters today.
http://www.maggiofiorentino.it/

They can stage three operas at the same time!
They are not going to be opened by November 2012, but they need a sponsor.
Is it going to get finished.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d79md