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No.9/2023

We are excited to present the 33rd edition of OPERA Charm Magazine, your monthly dose of charm from the world of opera. The renowned Violeta Urmana graces the cover of our magazine’s November 2023 edition, just as she did for our third issue, which was published in 2020.

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No.8/2023

In front of the 5th issue of OPERA Charm Magazine in 2023, I want to share with you, first of all, a glorious summer, the chance to explore as many beautiful places where music is made exquisitely by the most sought-after artists of today’s panorama, but also the moment of respiro, to gather up our forces and start this beautiful journey in September again, once the theatres will open their seasons again!

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No.7/2023

Summer is such a marvellously chaotic time for the opera world. We all want to be able to be everywhere, from the amazing Arena di Verona to the Salzburg Festspiele and everything in between, am I right?
That’s why the August issue of OPERA Charm Magazine will take you to some places you might not have had the chance to visit yet.

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Giorgio Misseri
The biggest mistake one makes when tackling a new repertoire is to distort one's own vocality.

Tenor Giorgio Misseri is best known for his beautiful bel cantistic/liric romantic voice. From the beginning of his career he was known as an excellent interpreter of the bel canto repertoire and as a rossini musician. He studied at the Rossini Academy of Pesaro and made his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival. Since 2011 his career has led him to sing in the most important Italian theaters and some foreign theaters in dozens of roles.
Interviewed by Alex Suciu for the OPERA Charm Magazine, Giorgio Misseri told us about the present point of his career, about the difficulties when approaching a new kind of repertoire and about the benefit of online presence for an artist. 

April 2024
Alex Suciu
Natalia Salinas
Having a solid career as a female director is still a big challenge. Even though there are more spaces and opportunities to make ourselves visible, there is also a lot of resistance at the same time.
November 2023
Cristina Fieraru
Violeta Urmana
The voice does not forgive wrong choices. With intelligence and intuition, one must preserve one's voice over the years, recognise and anticipate its development, and, if necessary, make repertoire changes at the right time, very carefully.
November 2023
Alice Lechner
Cristina Pasaroiu
I had time for introspection and discovered what’s important for me: being, first of all, a normal human being, being grateful for every small thing I have, and each person that made me a better person and artist.
November 2023
Cristina Fieraru
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
My favourite characteristic of Verdi's music lies in the author's ability to make the timbre of the voice perceived to its fullest after taking shape.
November 2023
Alice Lechner
Lilit Davtyan
I think that sometimes some defeats and rejections make us sober, to judge more coldly and to distinguish right from wrong.
November 2023
Alice Lechner
Diana Skavronskaya
God blessed me to be a lyric soprano, and my voice has a very rich and beautiful timbre. I can convey the intensity and vulnerability of my character with ease. That being said, I rather like tragedy roles.
November 2023
Alice Lechner
David Costa Garcia
It's not just about the voice; you need to learn to be a good actor, understand the music, know how to read music, etc.
November 2023
Cristina Fieraru
John Fiore
I love singers, and I think the experience I've had working with singers almost all my life helps me a great deal in my conducting.
November 2023
Bianca L. Nica
Thomas Trachsel & Carlo Balmelli
Maddalena is a work that, despite being set in the 17th century, speaks to the contemporary, especially in the way the female characters are treated.
October 2023
Bianca L. Nica
Lauranne Oliva
The voice is important; it's the tool you need to fine-tune regularly. But there's a whole panoply of elements you need to have at your disposal, too: acting, body language, stage presence, and being a good musician.
October 2023
Alice Lechner

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Sir Colin Davis
Colin Rex Davis was born on September 25th, 1927, in Weybridge, Surrey, England, and was known for his exceptional interpretations of a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. His early exposure to music was through the clarinet, which he started playing at a young age. His interest in conducting developed during his time at...
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Alice Lechner
Teatro Massimo
We continue our Theaters around the World column, and in this issue, we arrive in Sicily, more precisely in Palermo. It is known that Teatro Massimo di Palermo was, for a long time, the third largest opera house in Europe, after Palais Garnier and Wiener Staatsoper. The construction of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily,...
November 2023
Alice Lechner
Copenhagen Opera House
In this issue, Theatre around the world rubric arrives in Denmark, to be precise in Copenhagen. Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen in Danish) is among some of the most modern Opera Houses in the world. The whole project was a donation by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation to the Danish state.  The idea...
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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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