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Opera Profile: Philip Glass’ ‘Satyagraha’
Philip Glass’ operas have had unique places in the standard repertoire, present, but not quite firmly established in the canon of most opera houses. His work “Satyagraha” has recently seen its profile increase quite prominently since its debut on Sept. 5, 1980, as the opera was featured prominently as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The entire text is sung in Sanskrit and the work is scored…
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Berlin’s Staatsoper to Reopen After Seven Year Span of Silence
After a long seven years of construction, Berlin’s Staatsoper opera house will temporarily open its doors from September 30th to October 3rd. After which the Staatsoper will take a hiatus of roughly two months while technicians familiarize themselves with the new computer-operated stage equipment needed to bring the season into full swing. According to the company’s general director Jurgen Flimm, there are a number of challenges posed by the move…
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Opéra de Toulon Names New Music Director
Jurjan Hempel has been named music director of the Opéra de Toulon, starting next year. He will take over for Giuliano Carella, who has been in charge since 2003. The Dutch Maestro has a massive resume, working regularly with such ensembles as  Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Symphony Orchestra of Basel, the Bochumer Symphoniker and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He…
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Vienna State Opera Debuts Revamped Subtitle System
The Vienna State Opera is ramping up its customer service policy by offering now one or two subtitled languages for its productions, but a whopping six. Instead of just English and German, the company will also be offering Russian, Japanese, Italian, and French. “For several reasons, after 16 years it was necessary to replace the subtitle system commissioned in September 2001,” said the company in a press release. The system…
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Kristine Opolais Replaces Dmitri Hvorostovsky At Georges Enesco Festival
Dmitri Hvorostovsky has canceled his participation at the Georges Enesco Festival. The festival announced that the Russian baritone continues to receive treatment for brain cancer and a result will not be able to perform. Hvorostovsky was scheduled to sing two recitals in September. Since 2016 the baritone has been suffering from brain cancer and has since canceled multiple concerts. Last year he announced that he would retire from the opera stage…
Artist of the Week News
Artist Of The Week: Christine Goerke Returns To San Francisco Opera As The Fierce ‘Elektra’
Christine Goerke is considered one of today's most important dramatic sopranos, performing the most challenging music in the repertoire. Her emergence as the next great Brünnhilde has audiences excited, especially since she is slated to take it on all over the country. But it wasn't always that way as she began her career with lyric roles and the switch only came a few years ago. But it wasn't always that way…
In Review Stage Reviews
La Fenice 2017 Review – L’Occasione fa il Ladro: Solid Ensemble & One Major Standout Lead Strong Presentation of Rossini Comedy
Written in only 11 days, “L’occasione fa il ladro” was the fourth of five operas Rossini had been contracted to write for Venice’s Teatro San Moisè. Although only a relatively small theater, with a limited budget and basic scenery and boasting only a small cast of singers and without a chorus, it was the perfect size for the one act farce which Rossini was to write for the theatre. At…
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The Wagner Roles That René Pape Has Dominated Throughout His Career
René Pape is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, living bass of his generation. He has performed with all the leading opera companies and has sung numerous leading roles. But there is a composer that he has become associated with, in particular, Wagner. In celebration of Pape's birthday on Sept. 4, 1964, OperaWire looks at some of Pape's great Wagner roles. King Marke  Of all the Wagner roles…
DVD and CD Releases News
CD/DVD Releases – Week of Sept. 4: Regula Muhlemann & John Osborn Headline Releases
Three diverse albums are set for release from a rising star, an established tenor, and a legendary mezzo soprano. Find out what's in store for this week. Cleopatra  Rising star Regula Muhlemann will release a new album for Sony Classical dedicated to Cleopatra in opera. The album features arias from "Giulio Cesare" and " Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra. " Robin Peter Muller conducts the recording, which should be a highlight for baroque…
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Fagerlund’s ‘Autumn Sonata’ Lands on The Opera Platform This September
Sebastian Fagerlund’s “Autumn Sonata” is slated for a live showcase on The Opera Platform later this month. Per the official website of The Opera Platform, the production from the Finnish National Opera will get a presentation on Sept. 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. local time. The opera stars Anne Sofie von Otter, Erika Sunnegardh, Tommi Hakala, Helena Juntunen, and Nicholas Söderlund. John Storgårds conducts. The adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s famed…