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On This Day: 5 Essential Roles in Vittorio Grigolo’s Career
Vittorio Grigolo is one of the most acclaimed tenors of his generation and has already been hailed as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, his greatest qualities including his rampant energy and charisma on stage. On Feb. 19 Grigolo celebrates his 40th birthday and as a result OperaWire takes a look at some his most acclaimed roles The Duke in "Rigoletto" Vittorio Grigolo has toured this Verdi masterpiece around the world. Most notably,…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – Rusalka: Mary Zimmerman, Kristine Opolais & Company Take Us On Dramatically Rich Journey To Find Operatic Identity
We acknowledge that OperaWire is late to the “Rusalka” party, but here is our review for the performance on Feb. 17, 2017, the fifth performance of this run. Antonín Dvorák’s “Rusalka” is the epitome of a metaphorical operatic identity crisis. The opera, which is a grim version of Hans Christian Andersen's “The Little Mermaid,” follows the story of a water nymph who desires to be a human so she can…
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Speranza Scapucci Replaces Semyon Bychov At The Vienna Opera Ball
Speranza Scapucci will conduct the Vienna Opera Ball on Feb. 23. The Italian conductor will fill in for the originally scheduled Semyon Bychkov, who is ill. The Italian conductor Scappucci gave her acclaimed debut to the Viennese Staatsoper last autumn and had been a solokorrepetitor at the Vienna State Opera for several years before she started her international career as a conductor. The Vienna Staatsoper released a statement that said, "She is currently…
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On This Day: 35 Fun Facts About Isabel Leonard
Isabel Leonard turns 35 on Saturday Feb. 18. The singer’s stature has grown over the past few years as the artist, so beloved around the United States, has seen her profile grow ever greater around the world. She is coming off major turns as Adalgisa in “Norma” and Charlotte in “Werther,” which she is currently performing at the Metropolitan Opera. To celebrate her birthday, here are 35 fun facts about…
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Weekend Preview (International) – 2/17-19: Jose Cura Stars as Wagner’s ‘Tannhauser’ and Anna Netrebko Continues In ‘Il Trovatore’
It's the weekend and that means there is a lot  to see around the world. For opera goers the houses will offer lots of Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. There will also be Rossini, Berg and Janáček for the most adventurous opera lovers. Check it out! Austria  At the Wiener Staatsoper audiences will be able to hear two of the most popular Russian divas. On Friday Olga Peretyatko takes on the role…
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Social Media Beat (2/13-17): Who Got Engaged This Week?
It was a huge week for a number of major opera singers this week, some receiving huge honors and others getting special Valentine’s Day treats. For Corinne Winters it was probably one of the biggest weeks of her life, the Soprano announcing her engagement to tenor Adam Smith and rocking her ring on Instagram. #heasked #isaidyes💍 happiest woman on Earth tonight. @adamsmithtenor A post shared by Corinne Winters (@cmwsoprano) on…
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Weekend Preview (USA) – 2/17-19: Patricia Racette’s ‘Salome’ & Stewart Copeland’s ‘Invention of Morel’ Open
Prepare yourself for two high profile premieres this weekend on opposite sides of the country. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Opera lifts the curtain on “Salome” starring Patricia Racette in the role that she dominated at the Metropolitan Opera. Regarding her performance OperaWire wrote, “she dominated the stage in one of her greatest achievements on the Met stage.” Another major premiere is taking place at the Windy City where the…
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Breaking News: Roberto Aronica To Sing Final Performance of ‘Carmen’
Roberto Aronica will sing the final performance of Bizet's "Carmen" on Feb. 18. He will replace Marcelo Álvarez, who is ill. Aronica stepped in for the previous Feb 7, 11 and 15 performances after Rafael Davila filled in for two performances including the opening night. Álvarez sang three performances of the run but opted out of finishing it. Aronica made his Met debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 1998. Since then he has performed…
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Kristine Opolais Reveals Two Future Roles
Kristine Opolais revealed that she will sing more Verdi and Wagner in the future. During Facebook Live with the Metropolitan Opera, the soprano revealed that she plans on singing the role of Elsa in Wagner's "Lohengrin" and Desdemona in Verdi's "Otello." She also added that she will continue to sing Puccini. During the interview Opolais also noted that if she could sing a role for the rest of her life it…
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Anna Netrebko Named Kammersangerin At The Vienna State Opera
Anna Netrebko has been awarded the title of  Kammersängerin in Austria.  In a ceremony held on Feb. 16, together with the minister of culture Thomas Drozda and Dominique Meyer, the general manager of the Vienna State Opera, the award was presented to Netrebko.  During the ceremony Netrebko stated, "Austria has become my home. There is nothing better for me than to be appointed Kammersängerin now in Vienna." Meyer noted "It does not bring any…