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Weekend Preview – International (10/6-8): Piotr Beczala Headlines ‘Un Ballo In Maschera’ At The Liceu
It's another hectic weekend with many of the worlds greatest stars performing around the world. The modern classics and many of the traditional warhorses will be featured this weekend. Austria The Vienna State Opera continues its run of "La Bohème" with Jinxu Xiahou, Hrachuhí Bassenz, Gabriel Bermúdez and Aida Garifullina as well as "The Gambler" with Linda Watson and "Don Giovanni" with Adam Plachetka, Irina Lungu, Benjamin Bruns, Dorothea Röschmann, and…
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Decca Classics Announces Renee Fleming’s Farewell ‘Der Rosenkavalier’
Decca Classics has announced "Der Rosenkavalier" from the Metropolitan Opera. The historical performance features Renée Fleming's farewell to her signature role as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča's final performance in a pants role. The cast also includes Gunther Groissböck and Erin Morley in Robert Carsen's new prosuction. Regarding Fleming's performance, OperaWire noted, "Her overall interpretation of the character was to depict the Marschallin as the only adult in a house full of children,…
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Juan Diego Florez Announces New Roles
Juan Diego Florez has announced that he is considering numerous French and Mozart roles. In an interview with Forum Opera, the tenor spoke about his new Mozart album and roles he wants to sing. The tenor told the website that he would like to sing some of Mozart's opera seria including "La Clemenza di Tito" and "Idomeneo." He also noted that he wanted to sing "The Magic Flute" so his…
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Hamburg State Opera Extends Contract with Kent Nagano
The Hamburg State Opera’s supervisory board has announced on Oct. 4 its decision to extend conductor Kent Nagano's contract by five years. As the contract now stands, Nagano will serve as General Music Director until 2025, a role he began in 2015. No stranger to directing, Nagano served as General Music Director for Bayerische Staatsoper from 2006 to 2013, where he commissioned new productions of such operas as "Ariadne auf Naxos," "Wozzeck,"…
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Opera Meets Film: How A Comparison of ‘Pretty Woman’ & ‘La Traviata’ Emphasizes Social Progress (& Lack Thereof)
“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment features the Richard Gere and Julia Roberts film “Pretty Woman.” Verdi’s “La Traviata” is…
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Kathryn Bowden To Make Met Debut
Kathryn Bowden will make her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Queen of the Night on Thursday Oct. 5. The soprano will replace Kathryn Lewek in the Metropolitan Opera's "Die Zauberflote." Bowden made her 2015 San Francisco Opera debut as the Queen of the Night and made her entry onto the Metropolitan Opera roster as a cover for the 2016 family performances of "The Magic Flute." She also made…
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Breaking: Pretty Yende Cancels ‘Fra Diavolo’ at Rome Opera
Pretty Yende has pulled out of "Fra Diavolo" at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. The soprano announced on social media that due to "artistic reasons" she was forced to pull out of the anticipated production which is set to star John Osborn and Sonia Ganassi. The soprano apologized to her fans and wished best of luck to the cast and crew. Yende next stars as Marie in "La Fille du…
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Major Opera Stars to Appear At Campus Grafenegg
A number of major opera stars are slated to make appearances at the newly-formed Campus Grafenegg, which launches in 2018. The new initiative from the famed Grafenegg Festival will be led by Leon Botstein and is slated to help nurture young musical talent. Per a press release, "the mission of this new initiative is to foster an in-depth education program at Campus Grafenegg for talented young musicians, and to establish…
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Q & A: Tenor Russell Thomas on His First ‘Otello’ & Historic Met ‘Bohème’
For years, tenor Russell Thomas has developed into one of the rising stars of the opera world, his incredible lyricism and potent dramatic voice making him a fixture for some of the greatest operas. He has dominated in Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini alike at the greatest opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, and Canadian Opera…
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5 Recordings That Show How Francisco Araiza Championed Rare Operas
Francisco Araiza, born on Oct. 4, 1950, is one of the greatest Mexican tenors of all time. He pioneered a path for many singers from Latin America, including such stars as Ramón Vargas and Javier Camarena. He had a tremendously diverse repertoire, stretching from Mozart and Rossini, all the way to Wagner, from whom he took on lead roles in “Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg” and “Lohengrin.” Of course, that also…