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What the Big Stars Are Up To At Deutsche Oper Berlin For 2017-18 Season
The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced its 2017-18 season, a showcase of a whopping 35 operas featuring the biggest stars in the world. The season will kick off with Verdi’s “La Traviata” on August 30, 2017, in a production by Götz Friedrich. The diverse casts will showcase Olga Peretyatko, Maria Agresta, Salome Jicia, Benjamin Bernheim and Leo Nucci among others. Rare Operas Get a Look As is to be expected…
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Teatro Liceu Preview 2016-17: Javier Camarena Takes on First ‘Rigoletto’
Hearing a famous opera star taking on a new role for the first time in his or her career is usually a fascinating experience. Having heard the singer grow in other repertoire and roles, there is always a tremendous sense of anticipation about hearing an artist take on a new challenge. On Tuesday, March 21, Barcelona audiences will get that opportunity when Javier Camarena takes on the role of Il…
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Sofia Opera Forced to Evacuate
The Sofia Opera and Ballet were evacuated on Saturday, due to a powerful smell. During the March 18 performance of Borodin's "Prince Igor," a powerful smell started to pour through the theater that was described as suffocating. A total of 650 people, including cast and audience, were ordered to leave the building and no one was injured. The Interior Ministry said that that the source of the smell was being investigated…
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CD/DVD Releases -Week of March 20: Natalie Dessay Returns To Lieder And Song
While there are only two new releases this week, Natalie Dessay fans will definitely be in for a surprise with her return to classical music. Natalie Dessay' "Schubert" The eponymous soprano Natalie Dessay returns to the classical repertoire with her second album for Sony Classical. This time she takes on Schubert songs with pianist Phillippe Cassard. Some of the pieces on the album include "Du bist die Ruh," "Suleika," and…
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Artist Of The Week: Marina Rebeka Sings Her First Staged ‘Maria Stuarda’
Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" is one of the prima donna assoluta roles in the repertoire and one of the most difficult in Bel Canto. This week Marina Rebeka continues her exploration into this repertoire as she makes her stage role of the opera debut at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Earlier in January, the soprano made her role debut in a concert performance at the Latvian National Opera. The opera was…
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The Rossini Opera Festival Suffers Major Losses
The Teatro Communale di Bologna has cut ties with the Rossini Opera Festival after 30 years. The company announced the news noting that the ROF has refused to credit Bologna as co-producer. That means that it is not entitled to state subsidy from the Cultural Ministry. It added that since it did not have credit the Bologna Opera will be inactive in August, the period of the Festival. Additionally, this…
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Everything You Need To Know About the Komische Oper Berlin 2017-18 Season
The Komische Oper Berlin has announced its 2017-18 season with a number of revivals and new productions. New Productions  The season will open with Debussy's "Pelléas et Mélisande" with Dominik Königer and Jonathan McGovern as Pelléas and Nadja Mchantaf as Mélisande. The production will be directed by Barry Kosky. Stefan Cifolelli leads the ensemble cast in Phillip Glass's monumental opera "Satyagraha." Jonathan Stockhammer leads the orchestra in a production by Sidi…
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Marina Rebeka Announces Performance Mixup
Marina Rebeka has announced that she will not perform the March 28 performance of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. The soprano, who is currently in rehearsals for her stage role debut, announced on Twitter that "due to miscommunication with the theater" she would be performing the originally scheduled performance. As a result, Roberta Mantegna will sing the title role for that date. "Maria Stuarda" is scheduled…
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Anna Netrebko To Return To Baden Baden in Major Opera
Anna Netrebko will sing the title role in Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur" at the 2018 Baden-Baden Festival. The opera is slated to be performed in a production from the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg by Isabelle Partiot-Pieri with Netrebko's husband Yusif Eyvazov and Ekaterina Semenchuck alongside Valery Gergiev. Performances will be held in July of 2018. Netrebko is slated to make her role debut as "Adriana Lecouvreur" in May at the Mariinsky…
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Seattle Opera Makes Major Layoffs To Offset Difficult Economic Situation
It has been a rough few weeks for the opera world. Last week the Fresno Grand Opera filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This week has already seen the gutting of the National Endowment for the Arts and now, Seattle Opera has made some major budget cuts brought about by questionable fiscal management. According to the Seattle Times, the company is cutting six full-time positions and closing the Renton Scene Shop.…