Aqui teneis un gran fragmento!:
Una de las más extrañas ópera de Prokofiev, llena de siniestras apariciones, diablos, brujas, posesiones, sangre y desamor. Aqui en 2 versiones, una de estudio dirigida por Maazel, y otra en un registro en versión de concierto, de Segerstam (para mí, superior, al menos en lo vocal, con una Renata mucho menos estridente)
Prokofiev encountered Bryusov's novel during his first visit to the United States, (which was around 1918) and he soon (1919) began sketches for an opera. In 1921, the work was well under way. In March 1922, Prokofiev moved to the town of Ettal in Bavaria, Germany, where he worked on the opera. A piano score was completed a couple of years later, but no orchestration had been worked on. In 1926 Bruno Walter accepted the work for the Städtische Oper. The opera was completed in August 1927, too late for the season. Walter cancelled the production. That year Sergei Koussevitzky conducted part of the second act, but the reception was poor.
In all, Prokofiev had great trouble staging this opera. Numerous attempts to do so failed. Various reasons have been suggested for each different case, such as Prokofiev allegedly failing to meet deadlines, because the work's peculiar nature estranged people, poor visual action.
Disappointed by its failure but determined to preserve the fruits of his labor, Prokofiev recycled the music into his Symphony No. 3, and extracted some of it into a vocal suite, his opus 37b. Since his death the opera has had better luck, but is still not widely performed.
In a concert setting, the opera was first given on 25 November 1954 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The first staged performance was given on 14 September 1955 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The opera was first staged in the United States at the New York City Opera on 24 September 1965.
On 17 November 2010, the French version of The Fiery Angel (L'Ange de feu) participated at the 2010 Armel Opera Competition and Festival where it won two awards: "Best Production" with Silviu Purcărete as director" and soprano Cristina Baggio as "Best Female Performer" in the role of Renata.
The full title of Bryusov's novel gives a good idea of the substance of the opera:
- The Fiery Angel; or, a True Story in which is related of the Devil, not once but often appearing in the Image of a Spirit of Light to a Maiden and seducing her to Various and Many Sinful Deeds, of Ungodly Practices of Magic, Alchymy, Astrology, the Cabalistical Sciences and Necromancy, of the Trial of the Said Maiden under the Presidency of His Eminence the Archbishop of Trier, as well as of Encounters and Discourses with the Knight and thrice Doctor Agrippa of Nettesheim, and with Doctor Faustus, composed by an Eyewitness.
Versión de Maazel:
- 100 MB
- 65 MB
Version de Segerstam
Vladimkir Baykov (bar).
Ricarda Merbeth (sopr).
Carole Wilson (mezzo).
Irina Dolzhenko (mezzo).
Roman Sadnik (ten).
Nikolay Didenko (bajo).
Alexander Vinogradov (bajo).
Colin Judson (ten).
Martijn Cornet (bar)
Dir.: Leif Segerstam