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Jonas Kaufmann Reveals Future Roles
Jonas Kaufmann may have hit the tenor milestone singing "Otello" in Giuseppe Verdi's opera but the tenor is still committed to adding numerous roles to his repertoire. During a press conference in Australia, he revealed a number of his dream roles. One of the operas that he is committed to learning is Wagner's "Tristan Und Isolde" but he will first test it out this season in Boston and New York. He…
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Macbeth DVD Review: Plácido Domingo & Ekaterina Semenchuk Give Revelatory Performances In LA Opera Production
Plácido Domingo has outpaced anyone's expectations going on to perform more roles than anyone in the history of opera. Moreover, his work as a baritone has also proved to go beyond what all thought was possible. In 2015, Domingo made his debut as Macbeth, a role which is considered among the most difficult in the Verdi baritone canon and triumphed. He went on to repeat it in many other cities…
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Jonas Kaufmann Confirms Met Opera Return
Jonas Kaufmann has announced plans to return to the Metropolitan Opera. During a press conference in Sydney the tenor addressed his cancellation for the upcoming production of "Tosca" and said,  “I can assure you that I offered them part of the shows, I wanted to sing there and I didn’t want to disappoint my fans in New York." He added, "I just didn’t want to be there for such a…
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Salzburg Festival Contributes Money To Refugees
The Salzburg Festival is donating 50,000 Euros to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years. The festival announced that the money being donated to MECI (Middle East Children's Institute)  was the net profit from ticket sales for the dress rehearsal of Verdi's "Aida" performed on August 3, 2017. The performance starred Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Luca Salsi. Riccardo Muti conducted the new…
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Jonas Kaufmann Named Ambassador Of Jose Carreras Foundation
Jonas Kaufmann has been named ambassador for the José Carreras Leukemia Foundation. In a press statement, José Carreras said, "Jonas Kaufmann is one of the most important singers of our time, and the fact that this highly-valued colleague supports me in our fight against leukemia is very important to me. Kaufmann will join the foundation in a gala concert scheduled for  Dec. 14. Jonas Kaufmann noted, "I admire José Carreras as…
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Social Media Beat (Week 7/28-8/3): Get An Exclusive Look Into ‘Aida’ From Salzburg and ‘The Siege Of Corinth’ From Pesaro
Festival season continues and many of the greatest artists are preparing new roles or in rehearsals portraying some of their favorite characters. Find out what some of them were up to, Ildar Abdrazakov attended the dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Salzburg Festival, showing support for his friends and colleagues. He posted two videos from the curtain call and another from backstage. Это было феноменально!It was fantastic!!! Bravi tutti!!! 🎉🎊🎈🌺👍🏼😘👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼@riccardomutimusic…
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Medici.TV To Livestream ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ From Salzburg Festival
Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" is slated to be live streamed on Medici.tv from the Salzburg Festival on August 4. Starring Russell Thomas as Tito Vespasiano, Golda Schultz as Vitellia and Marianne Crebassa as Sesto, the opera will be recorded by ORF/3Sat and UNITEL in collaboration with the Salzburg Festival. The opera will also be broadcast on August 4, 2017, on ORF 2 and later on August 19, 2017, on 3sat. Conductor Teodor Currentzis will lead the…
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Weekend Preview – International (8/4-6): Anna Netrebko Returns To The Salzburg Festival With Riccardo Muti & Francesco Meli
The Festival season continues with one of the most anticipated premieres slated to open. Austria That premiere, of course, is Anna Netrebko's role debut as Aida at the Salzburg Festival. She will be accompanied by Riccardo Muti and Francesco Meli, who is also making his role debut as Radamès, with Ekaterina Semenchuk as Amneris. The festival will also continue runs of "Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk" with Nina Stemme and Brandon…
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Vivica Genaux Headlines Pinchgut Opera’s 2018 season
The Pinchgut Opera has announced its 2018 season with a number of exciting performances. The Australian company will present the Melbourne debut of Grammy winner Vivica Genaux. She will headline the Australian premiere production of Johann Adolph Hasse's "Artaserse." The production will also star a number of Pinchgut favorites such as Australian countertenor David Hansen and tenor Andrew Goodwin, as well as Russell Harcourt and Emily Edmonds. In addition to her work…
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LA Opera To Simulcast ‘Carmen’
The LA Opera simulcast is back and this year the company will bring the experience to the Los Angeles community on Sept. 23, 2017. With the help of the Los Angeles County and the Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Opera will broadcast the evening's performance of "Carmen" to the Santa Monica Pier and Exposition Park. The opera is set to star Ana María Martinez in the title role with…