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Javier Camarena Pulls Out Of Vienna State Opera Engagements
Javier Camarena has pulled out of two Vienna State Opera productions. According to reports the Mexican tenor pulled out of his January performances of Tonio in Donizetti’s "La Fille du régiment" because he’s saving his voice to record a new album. He has also pulled out of "Don Pasquale" in May. John Tessier will now sing the role of Tonio in the January performances. However, no replacement has been announced for…
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Obituary: Canadian Soprano Irene Salemka McGillivray Dies At 86
Renowned soprano Irene Salemka McGillivray has passed away at 86. The Canadian soprano died earlier on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in her home in Collingwood, Ontario. According to baritone Peter McGillivray, his aunt had been battling illness and dementia for many years. Born in small-town Manitoba, Salemka spent her formative years in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and Regina before becoming an international opera singer. She went on to become one of the premiere Canadian…
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Leah Crocetto Headlines Pittsburgh Opera’s Opening Night ‘Tosca’
The Pittsburgh Opera will open the 2017-18 season with Leah Crocetto in the title role of "Tosca." The opera opens on Oct. 7 and marks Crocetto's role debut as well her return to the company for the first time since 2014. Crocetto will be joined a cast of all-stars including company favorite Mark Delavan in the role of Scarpia and tenor Thiago Arancam, who returns to Pittsburgh Opera after his sizzling debut in March…
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Houston Grand Opera Issues Statement About Hurricane Harvey
The Houston Grand Opera has issued a statement about Hurricane Harvey after its website went down due to flooding. The statement by Houston Grand Opera Managing Director Perryn Leech and Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers states: "Our great city and region are continuing to suffer from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and we know that we are facing a long recovery together. Following is an update on the Wortham…
In Review Stage Reviews
Tanglewood Music Festival 2017 Review: Kristine Opolais, Bryn Terfel, & Andris Nelsons’ Combined Musical Genius Leaves Us Wondering What Could Have Been
On August 26, 2017, the Tanglewood Music Festival continued with an opera gala featuring Kristine Opolais and Bryn Terfel. Andris Nelsons conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance that featured the second act of Puccini's "Tosca" and a number of arias from "Porgy and Bess" and other opera classics. The results were delightful and they showcased two artists at the top of their careers. Tosca  The first half of…
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Raquel Gonzalez To Replace Joyce El-Khoury At Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
Raquel Gonzalez will replace Joyce El-Khoury at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City announced that Gonzalez will make her house debut in the role of Tatiana filling in for El-Khoury who was originally scheduled. The switch was due to the fact that El-Khoury will replace Nadine Sierra in some of the performances at the Royal Opera House of "La Bohème" in the role of Musetta.…
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BREAKING: Yusif Eyvazov Replaces Marcelo Alvarez For Vienna State Opera’s Opening Night
Marcelo Alvarez has canceled Opening Night at the Vienna State Opera. The Vienna State Opera announced that Alvarez had to cancel the Sept. 4 performance of Verdi's "Il Trovatore," which is slated to open the 2017-18 season. As a result, Yusif Eyvazov will sing the title role. He will join his wife Anna Netrebko, Luciana D'Intino and George Petean in Daniele Abbado's production which premiered last season. Eyvazov made his debut at the Vienna…
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Artist Of The Week: Rising Star Rocio Perez Brings Virtuosic Flare To La Fenice’s ‘L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro’
LThe Teatro La Fenice continues its 2016-17 season presenting a rarely heard Rossini work, "L'Occasione fa il Ladro." The work, which is rarely performed, requires agility and virtuosic coloratura that can give any artist a chance to shine. And this week, rising star Rocio Perez continues her ascent in the opera world, taking on her first Berenice. Perez is no stranger to Rossini, having already sung the role of Fanny…
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CD/DVD Releases -Week of August 28: Anna Netrebko & Joyce El-Khoury Headline New Albums
This week one of the greatest opera stars in the world will release her first crossover album, while two rising stars team up for distinct Bel canto albums. Meanwhile, Decca releases a new compilation of Pavarotti's favorite arias. Romanza  Anna Netrebko releases a new CD this week entitled "Romanza." The CD marks Netrebko's first crossover album featuring love songs written especially for her and her husband Yusif Eyvazov. The new…
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Famed Diana Damrau Interpretation Headed To DVD
Diana Damrau's "Lucia di Lammermoor" will be released on DVD. The 2016 Royal Opera House production by Katie Mitchell, which was met with mixed reception, is scheduled for release in October according to Amazon. The opera also stars Charles Castronovo as Edgardo, Ludovic Tezier as Enrico and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo. Daniel Oren conducts this production. When the production first opened critics noted, "Mitchell consequently plays down the political background and reimagines the…