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Rolando Villazon Announces New Podcast
Rolando Villazon has launched a new podcast entitled "Les jongleries de Rolando Villazón!" on Saturday, August 5 on France Musique. The podcast will center around a theme of Villazon's choice as he shares some of his favorite memories and anecdotes from his and other musicians' experiences. The four-episode podcast will launch every Saturday this month and you can listen to it here. Villazon has been busy this season as he is ready…
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CD/DVD Releases – Week of August 7: Bellini Rediscovered In New Naxos Recording
For opera lovers interested in discovering new artists and new works, this week will be perfect as Naxos releases two intriguing recordings with new editions of popular modern and classic operas. Here is a look. Vincenzo Bellini's Bianca e Gernando Naxos releases the world premiere recording of Bellini's first opera today known in its revised edition as "Bianca e Fernando." Originally presented in 1826, the opera did not use the…
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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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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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Conductor Replaced in ‘Parsifal’ At Bayreuth Festival Due to Illness
We have a conductor change at the Bayreuth Festival for the “Parsifal” performance on August 5, 2017. Per the company’s official website maestro Harmut Haenchen will be replaced by Marek Janowski due to illness. The performance of Wagner’s final opera will include RyaMcKinny as Amfortas, Karl-Heinz Lehner as Titurel, Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz, Andreas Schager as Parsifal, Derek Welton as Klingsor, and Elena Pankratova as Kundry. The opera is directed…
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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…