Adrianne Pieczonka

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Pride Month 2018: 9 Major Opera Stars Who Are Out And Proud
It's Pride month, so to celebrate we return to the series we began last year. This time we celebrate some of the great singers of today who have been advocates to the LGBT community or who simply enjoy a life being out and proud. David Daniels  David Daniels has been one of the biggest proponents of the baroque repertoire and is one of the most prominent countertenors in the world.…
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Carnegie Hall 2017-18 Review – Der Rosenkavalier: Kirill Petrenko Leads Bayerisches Staatsorchester in History-Making Performance
Excitement filled the air as the members of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester arrived on stage and Maestro Kirill Petrenko took to the stand. We were all still floating high after their outstanding debut performance the night before at New York City’s coveted Carnegie Hall, audience members began clapping even before they played the first note of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.” Their delicate and emotional performance of Brahm’s Concerto for Violin and Cello,…
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Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, & Jonas Kaufmann To Be Featured At Theatre Des Champs-Élysées 2018-19 Season
The Théâtre Champes-Élysées has announced its 2018-19 season. Let’s break it down Staged Productions  Jérémie Rhorer conducts a new production of Verdi's "La Traviata" with Deborah Warner directing. Vannina Santoni stars in the title role alongside Saimir Pirgu and Laurent Naouri.  Performance Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2018 Katie Mitchell directs Strauss' "Ariadne Auf Naxos" with Camila Nylund and Roberto Sacca. Kate Lindsey and Olga Pudova round out the cast, which will be conducted by Jérémie Rhorer. Performance…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Live Cinema Preview: Calleja, Pieczonka Star in Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
The Royal Opera House will present Puccini’s “Tosca” live in cinemas on Feb. 7, 2018. The performance will be broadcast around the world and stars Adrianne Pieczonka in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Mario Cavaradossi, and Gerald Finley as the villainous Scarpia. Regarding the showcase, OperaWire praised the production by Jonathan Kent noting, “It’s humorous to think that many operagoers sigh when learning that another old production will be…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Review – Tosca: Pieczonka, Calleja, Finley Don’t Quite Mesh in Revival of Jonathan Kent’s Classic Produciton
There are instances in which it’s difficult for opera-lovers to remember "Tosca" is no comedy. From that perspective it is easy to recall the legend of a certain prima donna who once bounced back from the trampoline that was supposed to break her fall as Tosca killed herself. Floria Tosca is not one of opera’s most pitiable characters. She is fastidious, caricaturish, possessive enough to become jealous of a painted…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Adrianne Pieczonka Stars in ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’
The Vienna State Opera’s will showcase its “Un Ballo in Maschera” production this coming Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, as part of the company’s season-long live streaming service. The production will be led by conductor Jesús López Cobos, and star the likes of Piero Pretti as Gustaf III, Adrianne Pieczonka as Amelia, and Marco Caria as Ankarstrom. The production is directed by Gianfranco de Bosio with sets by Emanuele Luzzati, and…
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San Francisco Opera 2017-18 Review: Christine Goerke Is Powerful In San Francisco’s ‘Elektra’
San Francisco Opera’s “Elektra” is a powerhouse! From the minute the curtain rises on the “Museum Elektra,” filled with the artifacts of the Greek age and styled with an array of modern visitors, complete with cell phones and baseball caps, one strange dark-haired woman skulking around from this case to that, defying the Guards who monitor the whole scene until the bell rings for the closing museum, we are on…
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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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Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazán & Rene Pape Headline Staatsoper Berlin’s 2017-18 Season
The Berlin Staatsoper has announced its 2017-18 season with a lineup of superstars. New Productions The opera with a new production of Schumann's oratorio "Szenen aus Goethes Faust" directed by Jürgen Flimm. Daniel Barenboim conducts the production which is set to star Roman Trekel and Rene Pape. The company will then present the chamber opera "Rivale" followed by the kinderoper "Der Unglaubliche Spota." Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" will get a new production…
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Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Celebration: Stories From The New House Told By Opera’s Greatest Stars
For 50 years, the Metropolitan Opera has made its home in Lincoln Center, creating numerous cathartic and revelatory memories for both audiences and artists alike. In speaking with some of the world's greatest artists that have performed at the Met, OperaWire has been granted the opportunity to hear some unique, enriching and entertaining stories and experiences that have taken place at the new Met. As a celebration of the season's climactic…