San Diego, CA (November 11, 1999) - Global Music Network (www.gmn.com), the Internet’s premier site for complete live performance of classical music, opera, and jazz, will webcast Andrea Bocelli’s fifth and final performance of Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of Massenet’s opera Werther, live from the newly refurbished Detroit Opera House on Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. (EST). As part of GMN.com’s “Millennium Series,” the online music network will give viewers a chance to register to see and listen to one of the most talked-about events of the performing arts season, as Mr. Bocelli sings the lead role in the French opera, along side world-famous mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. Last year Michigan Opera Theatre’s General Director, Dr. David DiChiera, invited Andrea Bocelli to sing the role of Werther after seeing him perform in a recital in Montreal.
Mr. Bocelli, whose phenomenal worldwide success has included over 20 million album sales, has a tremendous reputation in the worlds of both classical and popular music. He has appeared in many of the world’s leading venues and festivals, including performing at the Academy Awards last year, and for the Pope on Christmas Eve, 1994. Mr. Bocelli noted, “when it comes to these two styles of music my soul is basically divided into two. I have an excellent relationship with pop music, which remains with me through moments of escapism, enjoyment, and amusement. Nevertheless, opera, of course, still remains my heart`s music, and with it the world of classical music.”
“GMN.com intends to webcast musical events of note, even controversial ones, and Andrea Bocelli`s first North American opera performance certainly is such an event. We believe that this will provide his millions of fans the chance to watch and listen to him fulfill his passion of performing opera,” said GMN.com’s Chairman and CEO Michael Lubin. “In addition, it will expose many to a genre of music that they may be unfamiliar with.”
Placido Domingo, noted tenor, who is a GMN.com Board member and Family Artist said, “ It is no secret that the public has bought millions of recordings of Andrea Bocelli singing well-known arias. This webcast will give some of them the opportunity to re-discover such highlights within the framework of the entire opera. I’m in favor of bringing the thrill of an entire opera to the uninitiated.”
With this event, GMN.com will once again bring the best in Internet audio and video technology to its audience, ensuring visitors of the highest quality audio and visual presentations available online. Offering an array of choices to those who log on, including Real Player and Windows Media Player, the web site continues to support all the popular standards of technology available today.
“The Internet is a new and exciting vehicle for audiences to experience the opera- its drama, its visual effect, and of course the incomparable experience of live performance,” said Mr. Bocelli.
The Stars of Werther
The cast of Werther includes Andrea Bocelli in the title role, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Charlotte, soprano Ying Huang as Sophie, and baritone Christopher Schaldenbrand sings the role of Albert. Maestro Steven Mercurio conducts and Mario Corradi directs.
About Global Music Network
GMN.com, the leading Internet destination for classical, opera, jazz, and related music, uniquely combines a marketplace and a performing arts space, offering the highest-quality music and products available online. By bringing together its family of leading artists and the latest communications technology, GMN.com provides exclusive live performances, video interviews, lectures, recitals and a range of value-added content.