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Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev’s Summer Night Concert To Be Broadcast
Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev will reunite for the SommernachsKonzert 2018. Gergiev will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic with Netrebko performing arias from Cilea, Puccini, and Leoncavallo. The program will also include music by Mascagni, Verdi, and Rossini. The concert will be broadcast on Orf 2 in a time delayed relay and is scheduled for release on Sony Classical. The concert will be performed in front of the Schoenbrunn Palace. Anna…
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Jonas Kaufmann Reveals New La Scala Project For 2020
Jonas Kaufmann has revealed that he will perform in “Fedora” in 2020 at La Scala. The tenor unveiled the information in an interview with Corriere della Sera. “In 2020, I will return for a beautiful project, a rarely performed Italian opera, Giordano’s ‘Fedora,’” he noted. In the interview, Kaufmann added that he does not have many projects in Italy, though there is a concert at Reggia di Castera in August with…
Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: Shirley Verrett’s Successful Career As Both Mezzo & Soprano
Many mezzo-sopranos make the attempt to transition into the repertoire of the soprano. Few succeed the way Shirley Verrett did. Verrett, born on May 31, 1931, was raised in Los Angeles. While she showed early musical abilities. Her aspirations as a singer were looked down upon by her family, but she would find her way to Juilliard. She would make her operatic debut in 1957 in “The Rape of Lucretia”…
Opera For Beginners
Artistic Profile: Soprano Diana Damrau, Supreme Queen of the Night
German soprano Diana Damrau has managed a career of musical diversity. The soprano, born on May 31, 1971 in Bavaria, Germany, kicked off her operatic studies with Carmen Hanganu at the Hochschule Musik Würzburg. Despite dealing with an edema on a vocal fold, the soprano would kick off her career in Würzburg, Mannheim, and Oper Frankfurt. She has since gone on to perform at all the major opera houses around…
High Notes Opera Meets Film
Opera Meets Film: Finding Similarities In The Marvel Cinematic Universe & Wagner’s Ring
“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 will take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It’s the summer season, which…
In Review Stage Reviews
Los Angeles Opera 2017-18 Review – Rigoletto: Adela Zaharia Makes Triumphant Debut Alongside Michael Fabiano & Ambrogio Maestri
On Sunday, May 27, 2018, Los Angeles Opera presented Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with a new cast of singers that was equal to those who sang the premiere. For this unusual situation, I found it necessary to return to the City of Angels for another look. Having attended a matinee performance, I write about it as our car speeds eastward away from the pink and lilac sky of California recalling the…
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Announces Exclusive Contract With Deutsche Grammophon
Yannick Nézet-Séguin has signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The company announced the news noting that the contract will include complete cycles of Rachmaninov’s symphonies and piano concertos, with soloist Daniil Trifonov and The Philadelphia Orchestra. It will continue his acclaimed Mozart series with "Die Zauberflöte," to be recorded with the COE and an outstanding cast this summer at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus. The contract will also include Russian bass Ildar…
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Boston Lyric Opera Renews Music Director’s Contract
Internationally recognized conductor David Angus has signed a three-year renewal to his contract as Music Director for Boston Lyric Opera. The contract will take him through the 2020-21 season where he has already had two prior extensions. Angus will conduct all four operas in the company’s upcoming 2018-19 Season. The conductor started out with the BLO in 2011 as a guest conductor and was later offered the position of  Music…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Q & A: ‘Being Wagner’ Author Simon Callow On Discovering the German Master Anew
Next to William Shakespeare, Richard Wagner is one of the most written about figures in human history. His enigmatic qualities coupled with his unquestionable genius make him someone who fascinates as much as he bewilders and antagonizes. Volumes have been written about the composer from virtually every conceivable angle, whether it be his family, his adventures, his psychology, his philosophy, his art, etc. And yet in recent months, yet another…
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5 Stars You Can’t Miss At Teatro Alla Scala’s 2018-19 Season
Every year, one superstar rises above the rest to become one the centerpieces of a particular Teatro alla Scala season. This season, OperaWire pointed out five major artists that are poised to make high profile debuts or returns or headline major productions that are sure to see their profiles surge. Saioa Herenandez The Spanish soprano is set to make her Teatro alla Scala debut as well as her role debut…