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Joyce DiDonato & Erin Morley Lead Philadelphia Orchestra 2018-19 Season
The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced its 2018-19 season with numerous vocal guests. For this article, we will only focus only on the vocal highlights. The season opens with Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the orchestra in Nico Muhly's suite from his recent opera "Marnie" alongside pianist Andre Watts in Grieg's Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. Performance Dates: Sept. 14-16, 2018 On Nov. 8, 2018, Joyce DiDonato teams up with Nézet-Séguin for Chausson's…
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Juan Diego Florez’s ‘Werther’ Coming To DVD
Juan Diego Flórez's "Werther" has been announced for DVD. The new DVD, which was recorded live in April 2017 from the Opernhaus Zurich, will be released by Accentus Music. The performance also stars Anna Stephany as Charlotte and Melissa Petit as Sophie. Cornelius Meister conducts Tatiana Gurbaca's new production. When the production opened, it was hailed, particularly for Flórez, who critics noted "sang with ease and grace among the challenges…
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Palazzetto Bru Zane 2017-18 Review – Le Tribut de Zamora: Gounod Bicentennial Year Off to a Great Start in Munich
Charles Gounod (1818-1893) is probably best known for his opera “Faust” or perennial arrangement of Bach’s “Ave Maria,” which countless choir boys have crooned with cherubic innocence if not perfect intonation. In fact the pious Parisian composer was extraordinarily prolific having written twelve and a half operas (“Maître Pierre” was not completed), six oratorios, three ballets and countless masses, motets and chansons, and a vast assortment of various instrumental works including…
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Anna Netrebko Confirms New Roles
Anna Netrebko has confirmed she will be performing "La Forza del Destino" at the Covent Garden under Antonio Pappano. The soprano noted in a recent interview with Opera di Voci that while she believes the role is for a spinto soprano, Pappano convinced her to do it. In the interview, Netrebko also noted that she was thinking of doing "Don Carlo" but was waiting because she believed the role of…
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American Opera Projects To World Premiere ‘Six. Twenty. Outrageous’
On Feb. 9 the American Opera Projects, in collaboration with Symphony Space, will present the world premiere "Six. Twenty. Outrageous." The opera, based on three Gertrude Stein plays, tells the story of an expedition that turns into an erotic adventure to a presidential election party that goes prophetically and horribly wrong. The work was composed by Daniel Thomas Davis with a libretto Adam Frank. The production will be directed and designed…
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Obituary: Met Opera Assistant General Manager Robert Rattray Passes At 67
Met Assistant General Manager Robert Rattray has passed away at the age of 67. Per sources, he suffered a stroke on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. He was appointed to the position in 2014, replacing Sarah Billinghurst. Prior to that appointment, he had already accumulated over 40 years of experience in the world of classical music management. He had been Joint Chief Executive at Askonas Holt between 1998 and 2013 and…
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Obituary: Mezzo-Soprano Claudia Carbi Dies At 92
The renowned Italian mezzo Claudia Carbi has died. The mezzo, who was born in Cremona in 1923, sang at most leading Italian opera houses and specialized in early music, chamber music, and oratorio. Among the theaters, she sang at were the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Carlo Felice di Genoa and the Teatro Manzoni di Milano. Throughout her career, Carbi recorded a number of albums including Pergolesi's famed "Stabat Mater" and Rossini's…
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Pittsburgh Opera To Present ‘Moby Dick’ For The First Time
The Pittsburgh Opera will presents Jake Heggie's acclaimed "Moby-Dick" for the first time. As part of the company's initiative to bring new, American operas, the Pittsburgh Opera will showcase the work in March. Based on the famous novel of the same name by Herman Melville, the opera will be showcased in a co-production with the Utah Opera. OperaWire's review noted, "Jake Heggie’s Masterwork Soars In Solid Production." The world-class cast will include…
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San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program Announce 2018 Schwabacher Recital Series
From Feb. 21 through April 4, audiences will have the chance to listen to the next generation of opera stars in a four-part recital series presented by San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera Program. Beginning the 2018 Schwabacher Recital Series are soprano Jana McIntyre and baritone Andrew G. Manea. Accompanied by pianist John Elam, they will be performing Hugo Wolf’s “Italienisches Liederbuch,” a selection of Italian folk poems translated into…
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Opera America Unveils Recipients for 2018 National Opera Trustee Recognition
Opera America has announced the recipients for the 2018 National Opera Trustee Recognition. The recipients are “Carol F. Henry, Los Angeles Opera; R. Jamison Williams, Michigan Opera Theatre; Henry Fogel, Chicago Opera Theater; and John Serrage, Opera Maine.” The award is in its 11th year and its intention is to honor “U.S. opera companies for their exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective organizations.” Honorees will be recognized at a dinner and reception…