Category: Vocalist

Opera singer makes injury claim

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An international opera singer is making an injury claim over an incident which he says has ruined his career.

According to a report in the Bournemouth Echo, David Montague-Rendall was performing at the newly built Copenhagen Opera House when part of the two-tier set collapsed on him.

The venue, which opened in 2005 and is the national opera house of Denmark, is one of the most modern buildings of its kind and is located on the island of Holmen.

Mr Montague-Rendall tumbled around 15 feet and sustained serious injuries as a result. His left hip was shattered and both his shoulders were damaged.

Consequently, he is seeking accident compensation for his suffering and loss of earnings.

According to the performer, he is owed around 250,000 for his lack of income since the incident occurred.

The 61-year-old said bookings have dried up because opera companies doubt his ability to achieve the same high standards and his last performance was two years ago.

He is making his injury claim against the Danish Ministry of Culture.

Mr Montague-Rendall remarked: “During the performance two stage levels were raised to give the impression that I was underground in a tomb. “On the night in question, the stage above went sideways instead of up, resulting in the destruction of the set. “I was knocked down at least 15 feet and tried to crawl to safety to avoid being crushed.”

The legal experts seeking accident compensation on his behalf pointed out he has had to sell his house since he stopped performing.

They added that, while the Danish Ministry of Culture has admitted liability for the suffering caused by the collapse, it has not accepted the extent of the damage.

His case continues against the organisation and his lawyers noted they will carry on with their fight for justice.

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Female Opera Singers A Perfect Blend Of Beauty And Talent

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Most people who know a bit about opera are familiar with some of the great male voices. Names like Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Giuseppe Di Stefano, and Robert Merrill quickly come to mind. These are enduring figures whose contributions to opera were many.
But what about the ladies? Anyone but a fervent opera lover can nary come up with a name or two from the past. With that in mind, let’s fast forward to today and introduce you to some of the most talented – and highly attractive – female opera stars.
While certainly not all inclusive, this list is in one man’s view an enticing showcase of operatic talent and beauty as a bonus.
Top Five Females From Enjoy Opera
So as not to show favoritism, and accounting for personal taste, these talented women are listed in no particular order.
Alessandra Coletti: The youngest of this group, this early 20’s raven haired sensation has attracted critical praise from even the most jaded opera critics. Born in Milan, Italy but reared in New York, Alessandra claims one of her first memories as listening to Enrico Caruso records.
Kelly Kaduce: A soprano, Kelly is a rising star whose voice has been described as tender, floating, lusty, and lyrical. She has performed in the title role of Madame Butterfly, and as Violetta in La Traviata.
Kristin Sampson: A graduate of the Apprentice Artist Program, Santa Fe Opera, Kristin is a gifted stage actor as well as opera singer. She is most noted for her recent turn as Mimi in La Boheme.
Sally-Anne Russell: This auburn haired mezzo soprano is well known for over 30 CD’s she has released, encompassing not only opera but numerous other musical styles.
Sara Macliver: This Australian soprano successfully balances motherhood and a thriving musical career that takes her across the globe.
Honorable Mention
It wouldn’t be a list without an honorable mention, now would it? And that honor goes to Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who has attained celebrity status in Europe and has often been dubbed the successor to legendary singer Maria Callas.
It just goes to show … opera has a universal appeal. These rising female stars will undoubtedly carry the opera torch for years to come.

Russian Singer Maksim Released Her Third Album odinochka (single)

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New (third) album by singer MakSim “Odinochka” (“Single”) was released in early winter of 2009. This new work was recorded after a short pause associated with the birth of her daughter.

“Odinochka” includes already well-known movie hits “The Birds” (from the movie “Taras Bulba”) and “The Road” (from the movie “The Book of Masters”), as well as the single “Radio Waves” and popular in Internet hit “Odinochka”.

MakSim explained that album title has nothing similar with the word “loneliness”. Single is a state of mind.

“Now I have a completely new and unfamiliar period in life. I married, we have a daughter – Sasha, and I am… “single”. We live in a big house far from the city in the village, where we are the only tenants. We listen to vinyl records, inherited from grandparents, read aloud, and go to a river in the evenings. We have lots of guests, mostly musicians. It is easy and fun to be “Single”, as there are many people like us.

In support of the new album MakSim conducts large-scale tour along the cities of Russia. MakSim plans to continue the tour in 2010 after a short vacation. Singer plans to release new singles and videos with hits from the album “Odinochka”.

Release, entitled “Odinochka” conceals many surprises. The third album of matured singer is more mature, but it did not lose MakSims lyricism and honesty. Admirers will be surprised by the unexpected appearance of release and completely new songs that are unusual for MakSim.

The publication will include a DVD with a documentary about the singer and shootings of new video “On the Radio Waves”, as well as the clip.

Recall that MakSim is one of the most successful singers in Russia, her songs always take the top of the charts, and albums have become the undisputed leaders of sales.

It easily ascended to the music pedestal by sincere, gentle voice and soulful songs, close to every young heart. Her work is highly appreciated by many prestigious awards; she has also been named the best singer of music channels, publications and radio stations.

And in spite of some break-up because of the birth of a daughter, just the other day MakSim once again became the owner of prestigious prize “Golden Gramophone”, confirming undying love of fans to her music.

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