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Opera on Ice!

This year's Olympics have featured some gorgeous figure skating routines set to some of the most famous classical music ever written. Here are a few skating routines, some recent and some gems from the past, that showcase the inherent drama of opera.

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The Sochi Olympics have featured some gorgeous skating routines set to some of the most famous classical music ever written. Here are a few skating routines, some recent and some gems from the past, that showcase how well the drama and passion of opera translates to the ice.  

Michelle Kwan brought the crowd to its feet with a dramatic interpretation of Puccini's Tosca at the 2004 U.S. National Championships.

 

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the reigning couple of ice dancing, waltzed to selections from Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus in 2011. 

 

Katarina Witt was the winner of the "Battle of the Carmens," when both she and American Debi Thomas skated to music from Bizet's Carmen at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary.

 

Canadian Patrick Chan, the silver medalist in Sochi, used music from Puccini's La Bohème for his long program last season.

 

Ekaterina Goordeeva and Sergei Gringkov, one of pairs skating's greatest couples on and off the ice, brought the overture from Rossini's The Barber of Seville to life in this program from 1989.

 

Kristi Yamaguchi channeled Cio-Cio San with this routine set to music from Puccini's Madama Butterfly from 1994.

          


Photo credits: Associated Press

(Lyric Opera of Chicago does not own copyrights to any of the above videos.)

 

Operatic Olympians

The Olympics could be seen as the opera of sports—exciting, dramatic, and full of colorful characters. In the spirit of the Sochi Olympics, we've paired some of our favorite operatic characters with their ideal winter sports.

The Olympics could be seen as the opera of sports—exciting, dramatic, and full of colorful characters. In fact, the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding  saga of 1994 has been turned into a rock opera by a company in Los Angeles.

In the spirit of the Sochi Olympics, we've paired some of our favorite operatic characters with their ideal winter sports.

Figaro_Nordic

Nordic combined - This event combines cross-country skiing with ski jumping, so it's the perfect sport for the man who can do everything, the one, the only Figaro showcased in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

Biathlon - Eugene Onegin is the obvious choice, though his accuracy with a gun might result in tragedy as often as it does a gold medal.

Adele_Slopestyle

Slopestyle - Adele from Die Fledermaus can certainly give U.S. gold medalist Jaime Anderson a run for her money. Her exuberant nature and willingness to perform makes her the perfect candidate for an event designed for show-offs.

Ladies figure skating - Pretty much any diva in opera would qualify, but we think Tosca has the perfect amount of dramatic flair and true tragedy to really sell that long program.

Don_Giovanni_skiing

Downhill skiing - Don Giovanni, with his relentless pursuit of passion, has the temperament downhill skier, who sacrifices everything in pursuit of the thrilling adrenaline rush of pure speed.  

Carmen_pairs

Pairs figure skating - Don José and Carmen are the perfect figure skating duo. He brings the passion, she brings the reckless abandon needed for the crazy lifts, throw jumps, and death spirals

Bobsled - Papageno and Tamino help save the girl in The Magic Flute, and that's exactly the kind of teamwork that's needed in the two-man bobsled.

Ice Hockey - The gypsies from Il Trovatore are a group of people not to be messed with—plus, the Anvil Chorus makes a perfect goal celebration song!

Falstaff_curling

Curling - This is probably the only Olympic sport that you can also do while drinking on the ice in your own backyard, which makes it perfect for the boisterous and often inebriated Falstaff.

Drinking with DIE FLEDERMAUS

As you’re planning the menu for your holiday gatherings, why not take a cue from the greatest of all drinking operas—Die Fledermaus—and raise a glass or two? Throw caution to the wind and drink the night away like Eisenstein, Rosalinde, Adele, Dr. Falke, and the rest of the delightfully inebria

As you’re planning the menu for your holiday gatherings, why not take a cue from the greatest of all drinking operas – Die Fledermaus– and raise a glass or two? Throw caution to the wind and drink the night away like Eisenstein, Rosalinde, Adele, Dr. Falke, and the rest of the delightfully inebriated crew. But be sure to enjoy in moderation – not every law enforcement officer is as tolerant of mistaken identity and comic confusion as Governor Frank!

 

Eisenstein’s Champagne the First Cocktail

Just like Eisenstein, this classic cocktail will never change.

3 drops Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
1 ounce cognac
4 ounces chilled champagne 

Drop bitters onto sugar cube; let soak in. Place sugar cube in a champagne flute. Add cognac, and top with champagne. (Recipe from Martha Stewart)

 

Adele’s Laughing Punch

Deceptively light and refreshing, the perfect drink for impersonating an actress. 

4 bottles chilled champagne 
2 cups Grand Marnier
2 cups gin
4 large limes 

The day before, combine the Grand Marnier and gin in a pitcher and chill overnight. Just before serving, slice the limes in half and squeeze the juice into the punchbowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir gently and then float the lime shells. Serve in glasses over ice. (Adapted from Chicagoist).

 

The Mad Hungarian

Spicy and sweet – several glasses will have you singing the csárdás with Rosalinde.

2 shots cinnamon whiskey
Root beer 

Pour two shots of cinnamon whiskey into a highball. Fill with root beer and serve on the rocks.

 

Dr. Falke’s Revenge

Malort is a famously bitter cocktail and a Chicago tradition. This drink disguises the taste with the sweetness of elderflower, but the kick comes at the end, just like Dr. Falke’s elaborate revenge.  

¾ oz. Jeppson's Malort
¾ oz. Beefeater Gin
 
¾ oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
grapefruit peel 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice, and shake hard. Strain into cocktail glass. Twist grapefruit peel over glass to extract its essential oils. (Recipe by Brad Bolt, Bar Deville for the Chicago Reader)  

And if you’re looking for a little cocktail-themed practical joke that you can play on an unsuspecting party guest, substitute Malort for any brown-colored liquor in any cocktail and be prepared for a spit take! 

An Insider's Guide to DIE FLEDERMAUS

Video and audio previews, articles, and more at Lyric's Insider's Guide to Die Fledermaus.

Watch the Die Fledermaus trailer (above).

Watch a preview with general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming (above). 

Read the plot synopsis.

Building a Better Maus Trap
by Eric Myers
When Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus received its premiere in Vienna 140 years ago, it was hardly a failure, but it was not an instant success, either. Its popularity grew slowly over the years as productions made their way from one country to the next, steadily gaining momentum. Now it holds pride of place as the world’s best-loved and most frequently staged operetta. Nearly a century and a half old, this party is still going strong. READ MORE.

 

 

 
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Learn about J. Strauss, Jr.'s Die Fledermaus in an article by Magda Krance.

Die Fledermaus Discovery Series

Extreme flirting, lots of champagne and the music of Johann Strauss, Jr. Die Fledermaus is one of the greatest of all operettas. Bo Skovhus (Eisenstein), Juliane Banse (Rosalinde), Daniela Fally (Adele), director E. Loren Meeker, and conductor Ward Stare engage in a lively conversation on the ever-popular work.

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Die Fledermaus Commentary

Die Fledermaus
by Johann Strauss, Jr.

© 2013/14 Lyric Opera Commentaries 

Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics. All rights reserved. Post-production services provided by Mark Travis, Producer.

 

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Die Fledermaus Audio Preview

Recordings used by permission of EMI Classics.

 

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