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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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Jakub Józef Orliński & Sabine Devieilhe Lead Opera de Lille’s 2018-19 Season
The Opera de Lille has announced its 2018-19 Season featuring a number of opera staples and rarely performed works. The season will include a number of ballets and concerts, but for this season announcement we will only concentrate on the operatic highlights. Productions  The season opens with Handel's "Rodelinda" featuring Jeanine De Bique in the title role. The cast also includes Tim Mead, Benjamin Hulett, Avery Amereau, Jakub Józef Orliński, and Andrea…
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Q & A: Bass Andrea Mastroni On Handel, His Modernity & Complexity of Interpretation
Andrea Mastroni is not just a bass. The Italian artist actually spent a great portion of his studies as an aesthetic philosopher, working to deepen his understanding of musical texts. In an interview last year with OperaWire, he noted that this was essential to his ability to be a performer and interpreter. “Learning philosophy makes you think constantly about everything you do and why you do it. You discover things from…
In Review Stage Reviews
Royal Opera House 2017-18 Review – Rigoletto: Dmitri Platanias Shines Bright In Unsatisfactory Affair
"Bleakness" would be best used to describe the ambience of this by now well known Royal Opera House revival: David McVicar’s “Rigoletto”. Originally mounted in 2001, it was first publicized as an audacious, controversial exposé of sixteenth-century Mantuan aristocracy; the kind of risky spectacle of which Verdi – plagued chronically by problems with his censors – could have only dreamed. Offering frequent depictions of the orgiastic rites enjoyed by both…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Preview: Michael Fabiano, Dmitri Platanias Among Who’s Who of ‘Rigoletto’ Revival
This Thursday, Dec. 14, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden kicks off its revival of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” The production will get a total of nine performances, the final one taking place on Jan. 16, 2018. There will be cast variations throughout, though there will be a consistent crop of artists for most of the performances. Here is a look through the who’s who of this production. Michael Fabiano Taking on…
DVD and CD Reviews In Review
Rigoletto CD Review: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Delivers Immersive Performance In Otherwise Disappointing Package
For years Dmitri Hvorostovsky was one of the leading interpreters of “Rigoletto” around the world. And while there are many baritones in the modern era that have successfully realized one of the most complex characters of the Verdi canon, few navigated the emotional turmoil quite the way the great Russian baritone did. He brought crudeness and ugliness to his vocal interpretation but also managed to exude warmth and tenderness in…
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Bass Andrea Mastroni to Release New Album ‘Melancholia’
Bass Andrea Mastroni has announced his new album, “Melancholia,” which will be released early in 2018. The album will be dedicated to the work of Georg Frederich Handel and will also feature the Orchestra Accademia dell’Annunciata under the musical direction of Riccardo Doni. Audiences will hear arias from such operas as “Ezio,” “Ariodante” “Riccardo I Re d’Inghilterra,” “Riccardo,” “Galatea e Polifemo,” Orlando,” and the Concerto Grosso. In sum, there are 17…
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Release Date for Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s ‘Rigoletto’ Recording Announced
The full cast for Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s first full recording of “Rigoletto” has been announced. Delos made the announcement via Twitter, noting that the new album is slated for release on Nov. 10, 2017 and will also showcase Nadine Sierra as Gilda, Francesco Demuro as the Duke of Mantua, Andrea Mastroni as Sparafucille, and Oksana Volkova as Maddalena. Constantine Orbelain conducts the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and Men of the Kaunas…
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Olga Peretyatko, Ben Bernheim, Paolo Fanale to Headline Opera de Lausanne’s 2017-18 Season
The Opera de Lausanne has announced its 2017-18 Season with multiple new productions and many of opera's biggest stars. The season opens with Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" starring Lenneke Ruiten in the title role alongside Benjamin Bernheim in a new production by Stefano Poda. Jesus Lopez Cobos conducts the opening night. In November Hervé Klopfenstein leads Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in a new production by Gérard Demierre. The students from the Lausanne Conservatory will…
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Weekend Preview (1/20-22, 2017) – USA: Houston Grand Opera Debuts & Opera Naples Features Renata Scotto
The Houston Grand Opera makes a big return as opera companies slowly but surely get prepared for the spring. Houston’s opening comes on Friday Jan. 20 with a production of John Adams’ “Nixon in China.” Scott Hendricks, Andriana Chuchman and Chad Shelton lead the production which will also take the stage on Sunday, Jan. 22. The Metropolitan Opera continues its busy schedule with the season premiere of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” starring…