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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize Winner Announced [Spoilers]
Catriona Morison has pulled off a massive victory at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, winning the competition's main prize. The mezzo was the wild card competitor entering the final round after finishing fifth in the first four rounds. But she quickly became the talk of the town after being a joint winner of the Song Prize competition and now becoming the third person to win both competitions,…
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Nino Machaidze, Simon Keenlyside & The Figaro Trilogy Headline Grand Theatre de Genève 2017-18 Season
The Gran Theatre de Genève has announced its 2017-18 season. The Three Figaro Operas Geneve will present three operas from the life of Figaro, over three days. The series will begin with  Gioachino Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" followed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Le Nozze di Figaro and concluding with Elena Langer's "Figaro Gets a Divorce." The operas will run from Sept. 12 to the 24, 2017. Sam Brown will…
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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 Song Prize Winner Revealed [Spoiler Alert]
CORRECTION: We apologize to Catriona Morison as a previous version of the article did not mention her as a victor. Congratulations! Catriona Morison and Ariunbaatar Gunbaatar are your 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize winners. The selection of two winners in the contest is an unprecedented move in the competition. Gunbaatar performed works from Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Fauré, and Sharav while Morison took one music from Schoenberg, Korngold, Brahms, Vellones,…
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Rolando Villazon Cancels At The Vienna State Opera
Rolando Villazon has canceled his upcoming performances at the Vienna State Opera of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore." The Vienna State Opera announced the news on Friday. Villazon cited illness and will be replaced by Jinxu Xiahou. The tenor was scheduled for performances on Jun 22, 25 and 28, 2017. It marks the third high-profile cancellation for the tenor in the past months. It all began with cancellations at the Royal Opera…
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Anita Hartig To Replace Sonya Yoncheva At Vienna State Opera
With Kristin Opolais' cancellation at the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera had to play musical chairs. According to a press statement, the theater had to release Sonya Yoncheva from her contract of Marguerite in "Faust" in order to be ready for rehearsals at the Met. As a result, Anita Hartig will take over the three performances. The Vienna State Opera said "The management of the Wiener Staatsoper has released soprano…
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Jennifer Rowley To Sing Tosca At The Metropolitan Opera
Jennifer Rowley will sing Puccini's "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera. The soprano, who had a breakout this past season with the company, will sing one performance of the role on Jan. 12. Rowley will cover performances of "Tosca" for Sonya Yoncheva, who will open the new production by Sir David McVicar. Rowley recently sang the role at the New Orleans Opera and is scheduled for Tosca at the Nashville Opera and Finger…
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Breaking: Sonya Yoncheva To Set Met Opera Record As ‘Tosca’ Next Season
The Metropolitan Opera’s “Tosca” has been completely altered since its cast was announced earlier this year. When the Met made its announcement earlier this Spring, Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais were the lead roles. Now the cast will be headlined by Vittorio Grigolo and Sonya Yoncheva. Yoncheva, who was already scheduled to sing “Le Nozze di Figaro,” will be replaced by Ailyn Pérez as the Countess. This will be the…
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San Francisco To Feature Two Opera Performances on KQED Public Television This Summer
San Francisco Opera is striking up a partnership with KQED Public Television to bring opera into the homes of Bay Area residents with two telecasts that will feature Verdi’s “Atilla” and Boito’s “Mefistofele.” The former performance will be aired on Thursday, August 3, 2017 on KQED 9 while the latter comes three weeks later, with the viewing experience taking place on Thursday, August 24 on KQED 9. The “Atilla” performance took place in…
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Weekend Preview – International (6/16-18): Anna Netrebko Makes Role Debut As Adriana Lecouvreur While Jose Cura Returns to Otello
It's a weekend filled with many stars, premieres and role debuts. And there is something for any opera lover interested in exploring the classic repertoire. Austria  "Rigoletto" continues its run at the Vienna State Opera with Yosep Kang, Roberto Frontali, and Aida Garifullina while "Don Pasquale" also gets one presentation with Michele Pertusi, Antonino Siragusa, and Danielle de Niese. The weekend is capped off with "Pelléas et Mélisande" starring Franz-Josef Selig, Bernarda…
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Social Media Beat (Week 6/9-15): Anna Netrebko & Jonas Kaufmann Prepare Role Debuts
This week was a busy week for singers. Not only were many performing at festivals but a few were preparing new roles that are set to premiere in the next few weeks! Check it out. Nino Machaidze shared pictures of her current Gilda at the San Francisco Opera with Quinn Kelsey. Operawire will be at one of the performances later in the run and will be reviewing the opera. Fourth…