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Critics Praise for Kentridge’s Gruesome Production for ‘Wozzeck’ at Salzburg Festival 2017
Following its opening at Austria’s Salzburg Festival, William Kentridge’s production of Wozzeck will be coming to the Metropolitan Opera in 2019. And by the looks of it, Met audiences are primed for a major treat. Shirley Apthorp of Financial Times describes the artistic direction of Kentridge’s Wozzeck as “grim sketches and animations, a return to his earlier medium of charcoal drawings, provide layer upon layer of haunting images to accompany…
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Obituary: Soprano Barbara Cook, First Broadway Cunegonde in Bernstein’s ‘Candide,’ Dies At 89
Soprano Barbara Cook has passed away at the age of 89. Cook, best known for work on Broadway, won a Tony for “The Music Man” in 1957 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2011. And while she dominated the musical scene, she did make some interesting appearances on the opera stage, most prominently at the Metropolitan Opera, where she appeared on two separate occasions. The first of these took…
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C Major Announces New Plácido Domingo DVD Release
C Major has announced the release of Verdi's "I Due Foscari" with Plácido Domingo from the Teatro alla Scala. The new release stars Francesco Meli and Anna Pirozzi and is conducted by Michele Mariotti. Staged by Alvis Hermanis, the production received rave reviews when it premiered in 2016. The Financial Times wrote, "Plácido Domingo is the definitive Francesco of recent times" and also noted that Pirozzi "wins hearts and minds through…
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Young Brit Wins Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2017
Conductor Kerem Hasan is the winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2017. The 25-year-old Brit walked away with 15,000 euros and will conduct a Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule in August 2018. Other major winners of the award include, Aziz Shokhakimov (2016), Lorenzo Viotti (2015), Maxime Pascal (2014), Ben Gernon (2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2012), Ainārs Rubikis (2011) and David Afkham (2010), all of which were under…
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Obituary: Director Lee Blakely, Santa Fe Opera Regular, Passes Away At 45
Director Lee Blakely has died at the young age of 45, due to a heart attack. The famed director of opera and musical theater, among other things, was well-known for his work at the Santa Fe Opera where he was the man behind productions for “Madama Butterfly,” “The Pearl Fishers,” and “Rigoletto.” He was also a regular at other North American companies taking on “Falstaff” at the LA Opera, “The…
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San Francisco Opera Announces Major Cast Change for ‘Elektra’
Michaela Martens will replace Stephanie Blythe in the San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of “Elektra.” Martens will appear in the role of Klytemnestra in a new staging by Keith Warner, which starts on Sept. 9, 2017. She is set to take on Klytemnestra with Houston Grand Opera in January 2018 as well. Martens’ San Francisco Opera debut came in 2015 as Cassandre in Berlioz’s “Les Troyens.” This will be her…
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Obituary: Metropolitan Opera Singer & University Of Pittsburgh Faculty Member Claudia Pinza Passes Away
Claudia Pinza has passed away at 92. The famed teacher and soprano died at the Allegheny General Hospital due to respiratory failure following a series of strokes. The daughter of the famed opera star and Broadway singer Ezio Pinza, Claudia Pinza taught voice at the Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Before taking on her role as a teacher, Pinza was a singer at the Metropolitan Opera, where she performed the…
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Obituary: Mezzo-Soprano Ameral Gunson Dies
The international mezzo Ameral Gunson died on Friday night of cancer, her husband has reported. Gunson studied singing at London´s Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Walter Gruner before joining the BBC Singers where she continued her studies with Otakar Krauss. She quickly established a successful and varied solo career once she left the BBC singers and went on to perform throughout the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.…
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Fort Worth Opera To World Premiere ‘The Last Dream of Frida and Diego’ For 2020
Fort Worth Opera is set to announce an intriguing world premiere. The company stated that on August 24, 2017, it will formally announce the 2020 world premiere of "The Last Dream of Frida and Diego," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and Latin Grammy winner, pianist, and classical composer Gabriela Lena Frank. The opera will be set in 1957 and opens in a cemetery, as Mexico celebrates the annual…
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Artist Of The Week: Nino Machaidze Brings Vocal Beauty To Rossini’s ‘The Siege Of Corinth’
In 2008 a new star graced the stage of the Salzburg Festival in "Roméo et Juliette," showcasing dramatic power and promising to become the next big star in the opera world. All eyes were on Nino Machaidze who many believed would follow a specific route in the lyric repertoire. However, after nine years of an immensely successful career, Machaidze has forged a unique path that has led her to stand…