It begins with a rowboat, and Cura with an umbrella, then he arrives at the stage, jumps up, and begins conducting
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO - Ouverture, Cura conducts
Veneri comes out, and conducts Il Corsaro, and Cura does Corsaro in his usual way.
Il CORSARO - Ah si, ben dite - Tutto parea sorridere Cura sings
Giuseppina Trotta joins Cura in this duet. I was disappointed by hearing her, a little voice and the duet did not catch air.
IL TROVATORE - Madre, non dormi Duet: Cura/Trotta
Cura talks to the audience, " you are crazy, sitting in the rain". Telling us as a Latino for him this is Winter. "Wonderful Dalhalla" Then Trotta sings alone. This is not a highlight.
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA- Voi lo sapete, o Mamma Trotta
Cura sings Cielo e mar, not just the aria but also its introduction. He is doing alright, he is sick, has a cold.
LA GIOCONDA Cielo e mar (introduction + aria) Cura
The conducting of Forza del Destino was disinteresting, but he made a very good Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut, I have not heard it, so touching as Cura made it. It was really great. He said in his Verdi DVD that Verdi can easily become band-music and he did that to FORZA. But with Manon Lescaut he redeems that fault.
MANON LESCAUT Intermezzo Cura conducts
Cura is trying to sing O paradiso, it is never apparent in which language he sings it, it sound like a combination of French and Italian, maybe with a Spanish touch. He is sick, maybe that is the reason, or maybe he haven't learnt it properly.
L'AFRICAINE O, paradiso Cura
Wonderful,in the program it says only the intermezzo, but we also gets Cura singing the song to the Flag (the Argentinean Flag,naturally). It is really touching, but I would to hear it when Cura is vocally on top, too.
AURORA Intermezzo epico Veneri conducts
Cancion de la Bandera Cura
Cura talks again, this time about AURORA, and the song of the flag, National Song of Argentina. It is the first time it was sung outside Argentina, Cura said. And he saw the Argentinean Flag when he was singing it. Very touching. I looked up and I saw an umbrella, with white and the light-blue of the Argentinean flag, so I know what he saw. Correction on the bottom of this page.Then it the Girl of the Golden West, Cura conducts, and then after it is over the Prelude, Veneri have to "fight" with Cura in order to get the baton. And then Cura have to make an excuse to the audience for having blown his noise for open mike in the first part. And then it is "Ch'ella mi creda". Again he sings the introduction to the aria too (seldom done in concerts)
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST Prelude Cura conducts
Ch'ella mi creda Cura sings, Veneri conducts
Veneri conducts a wonderful Bacchanale, then Trotta sings the seduction-aria, and in the end of the aria, Cura comes out, and sings "Dalila, je t'aime" .
SAMSON ET DALILA Bacchanale
"Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix Trotta / Cura
Veneri is a good conductor, and Trotta was much better in the Carmen section than anything else. Cura had really a cold, but with a careful use of his voice, out came one of the finest interpretation of the Flower Aria. Then the end-duet, and Cura was so sick, he had to fight with himself not to cough in the wrong musical moment, concentrate to have his throat ready when the duet need Don José. Most singers would have said to the audience, I am sick, this duet is too much for me today. And nobody would have thought less of Cura had he done that. (It was his right, and maybe his obligation to do so)
La fleur que tu m'avais jetée Cura
Entr'acte, act 4
C'est toi, c'est moi Trotta / Cura
Addio, fiorito asil (MADAMA BUTTERFLY) Cura
Seguedilla (CARMEN) Trotta / Cura
Nessun dorma (TURANDOT) Cura
Who would have thought that we would get extra-numbers. I thought that in case of extras, it would have been Trotta and Veneri who would have to do it, Cura needed rest. But he sang one of the shortest arias, Addio fiorito asil, I think it is not really an easy aria, even if it is being short. Trotta sang Seguedilla and Cura came in as Don José does in the opera. Then HE ended it all with Nessun dorma, it wasn't necessary, but we loved it. As the absolute end of the show, this Gala concert, he made us applaud every section and every musician in the Sinfonia Varsovia. The Concert ended at 22.00
From: "Jorge Lintrup"
Subject: About the Flag in Dalhalla
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 20:40:26 +0100
My name is Jorge Lintrup Albarracín and I live in Mora, some 30 km's from Dalhalla where José Cura had his concert last summer. It was me who brought the flag Cura spotted among the audience. It was really an Argentinean flag!
I brought it with me to wave it after the concert, but, when Cura started to sing the hymn to the Argentinean flag (not the National Song!), Aurora, and I realised that it was the Argentinean flag he was honouring, I took it up from my bag and started to wave it.
Cura didn't see the flag while he was singing. It was the little old lady (supposedly his mother in law) who was sitting on the stage by the stage door together with Cura's wife (?) and a man who may have been he's father in law. So when they left for the pause, she must have told him, as he came back and looked up the auditory to watch if it still was there. It wasn't!
So, after the break he came out and told about the flag. And, as I realised that he was going to mention it (he started to tell the story about Aurora), I took it up again and waved it so he and most of the audience could se it.
So, my friend, you are wrong about the umbrella you saw! Cura finally saw the Argentinean flag waving in the cold that day in Dalhalla, and I'm very proud to have brought him a bit of joy and happiness, so far away from our common birth place.
Many regards from
Jorge Lintrup Albarracín
Argentinean and proud owner of a beloved flag