FAMOUS OPERA PLAYERS OF THE WORLD
Nov 29, 2017   BY: Snehal More 
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Over the years, Opera has changed the audience experiences with its beautiful and intense musical narration. Opera has so many expressive elements, it leaves awestruck to everyone with its music, story, dramatic narrative, stagecraft. Each element of opera makes its own contribution. Lets us know about some of the famous Opera players of the world who has given livelihood to the various range of repertoire in musical form in front of the audience:

 

1) WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Born in Salzburg, Mozart is the most influential composer of the classical music era. He started composing at the age of 5 and performed in front of European Royalty. Mozart’s father was an ambitious composer and violinist. With his father, at a young age, he traveled across Europe and performed as a child prodigies. His first composition of Opera is Apollo et Hyacinthus and the composition Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serial has brought him success. Mozart’s composition embraces opera, symphony, chamber, instrumental, choral and vocal music, revealing an astonishing number of imperishable masterpieces. Opera has greatly raised Mozart as a composer among the audiences.

 

2) FRANZ SCHUBERT

Franz Schubert is considered as an ultimate composer of classical music era. He is an Austrian composer whose music is significantly known for its harmony and melody which traversed from classical music to romantic music era. Born on January 31, 1797, in Himmelpfortgrund, Austria, he was a child gifted with musical talent. Franz started his musical career with his brother and father who was a schoolmaster. He had written a number of piano pieces and pioneered the song cycle with works as Die Schöne Müllerin, and Die Winterreise. Franz had also produced string quartets, a symphony and a three-act opera.

 

3) DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKYY

Dmitri Hvorostovskyy known as "the Elvis of Opera" and the "Siberian Express, is an operatic baritone with a deep-grained voice and a commanding stage presenter. He was recognized globally after winning BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year Competition in 1989. Dmitri has sung almost at every major opera house which includes the Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. Dmitri was the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus on Red Square in Moscow. He was described as “Born to play the role” by The New York Times.

 

4) GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

Born in the German town of Halle in 1685, George Frideric Handel is well-known for his operas, oratorios, and instrumental compositions. His compositions include 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, numerous arias, chamber music. In 1711, George composed first Opera for the London stage. The premiere performance of Handel's Rinaldo took place at the Queen's Theatre in Haymarket. Messiah with its chorus is among the most popular works in the history of the oratorio.

 

5) ANTHONY DEAN GRIFFEY

World famous American tenor, Anthony Dean Griffey was born in High Point, North Carolina to a family which lived a simple life. After completing his voice study in high school and he attended Wingate University as a music major, with the intention of becoming a music minister. Anthony has been applauded on recital stages, opera and concert around the world. He has got the highest praise for his beautiful lyrical tenor voice and dramatic skills. Griffey has performed in the most prestigious opera houses of the world like Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Paris Opera. Anthony has won international recognition for his portrayal of the title role in Peter Grime and also a four-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor.

These are few of the famous Opera players who have kept alive the saga of Opera and the world will always cherish their work.

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