High Notes
Opera Stars Celebrate Bernstein’s Centennial With Heartfelt Concert
On Jan. 21, 2018, fans of Leonard Bernstein gathered in The Greene Space of Lower Manhattan for a night of songs and celebration in honor of the 100th birthday of the great composer. Hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, the event was equal parts reminiscence and reverie, in large part due to pianist Laura Downes, who performed much of her upcoming album “Songs for Lenny.” The evening began with footage of…
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Teatro Regio di Torino To Semi-Stage ‘Salome’
Due to an accident at the Teatro Regio di Torino, the next opera in the company’s season will be presented in a semi-staged version. The decision was taken after part of the staging of Turandot fell during the Jan. 18 performance. The incident happened at the start of the scene change after the closure of the tabs at the end of the second act, a large semi-spherical piece of scenery fell, injuring…
In Review Stage Reviews
Deutsche Oper Berlin 2017-18 Review – Carmen: Clémentine Margaine & Charles Castronovo Gutted By Director Obsessed With Human Organs & Vivisections
Many opera directors today fall onto a particular idée fixe and refuse to let it go, no matter what dramaturgical or textual incongruities ensue. Vera Nemirova’s fazzoletto-laden “Otello” in Bucharest, Hans Neuenfels’ laboratory rats “Lohengrin” in Bayreuth or Krzysztof Warlikowski’s “Brokeback Mountain” “Eugene Onegin” in Munich immediately spring to mind. Joining the ignominious list is Norwegian theatre director, Ole Anders Tandberg’s new production of "Carmen" for the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Instead…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Exploring New Ground – Anita Rachvelishvili On Finding The Right Azucena & Recording Her First Solo Album
When is it the right time? That is the question most singers ask when choosing to explore new repertoire. There is always a risk in singing heavier works at a young age because it can damage the voice. And then there is a risk of being pigeonholed into singing one role. Ever since her breakout in 2009, Anita Rachvelshvili has been the go-to Carmen and has slowly explored the works of…
In Review Stage Reviews
Teatro La Fenice Review 2017-18 – La Metamorfosi di Pasquale: Two Solid Leads Can’t Save Mediocre Work By Young Spontini
In 1802, Gaspare Spontini’s one act farse, “Le Metamorfosi di Pasquale,” was premiered at the Teatro San Moise in Venice to moderate acclaim. It was to be his last work for the Italian stage, as soon after he moved on to Paris and then to Berlin. Unfortunately, along with a number of Spontini’s other works, it was subsequently lost, although its libretto by Giuseppe Foppa, suffered no such fate and…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Shostakovich’s ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’
Making its premiere on January 22, 1934, “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” is adapted from a novel of the same name written by Nikolai Leskov. The opera was banned for nearly thirty years by the Communist Party in Russia after it was deemed to be offensive; one performance at the Bolshoi Theatre was attended by none other than Joseph Stalin, who sat through the opera with great disapproval, much…
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The 5 Must-See Performers of the Houston Grand Opera 2018-19 Season
The Houston Grand Opera is primed for an exciting 2018-19 season after a tumultuous fall of 2017. Combining major classics with some unique modern works. What makes these productions all the more exciting are the artists themselves. And the company did a tremendous casting job this season. Here are the five artists that will make some major headlines this season at Houston! Andrzej Dobber – Der Fliegende Holländer Dobber is…
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Elina Garanca Confirms Big Metropolitan Opera News For 2018-19
Elina Garanca has confirmed she will open the Metropolitan Opera in 2018-19. In an interview with the Informador, the mezzo-soprano noted that she will open the season singing the role of Dalila in "Samson et Dalila." The mezzo-soprano also noted that she will be recording a new CD in November but did not confirm any repertoire. Garanca is currently on tour in Mexico and later goes to Munich for "Carmen" with…
Artist of the Week News
Artist Of The Week: Juan Diego Florez & Olga Peretyatko To Take Monte-Carlo By Storm In ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’
Surprise - we are changing things up a bit for this week's Artist of the Week. It's more like Artists of the Week simply because it was impossible to ignore their tantamount importance on this week's collaboration. Juan Diego Flórez and Olga Peretyatko are two of today's greatest stars in the opera world and this week both singers will take on new roles at the Opera de Monte-Carlo in a…
IndieOpera
‘La Zombiata’ To Receive Revival At WholeTone Opera
Jillian Flexner’s zombie spoof of Verdi’s most popular opera returns with the WholeTone Opera. A year after premiering “La Zombiata: A Zombie Love Story,” the guerrilla opera company will present Flexner’s updated version with additional music written for this fresh rendition, and with UV reactive elements to bring the baroque apocalyptic wasteland into neon phantasma-gore-ical surreality. The company produced the work in 2016 for Valentine’s Day and played sold out performances…