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Social Media Beat (Week 3/24-30): How Did Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo and Carmen Giannattasio Enjoy The First Full Week Of Spring?
It's the beginning of Spring and that means the stars are out and about preparing new roles, sporting new fashion and enjoying the weather. David Portillo enjoyed an evening at the LoftOpera watching the company's acclaimed production of Rossini's "Otello." Inspiring performance today of Rossini's Otello in Brooklyn. #loftopera #tenors #desdemona @loftopera A post shared by David Portillo (@porttenor) on Mar 27, 2017 at 9:05pm PDT Carmen Giannattasio and Violetta…
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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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Social Media Beat (3/10-16): Find Out Who Was Caught In Blizzard Stella
New York's Winter Storm seemed to be the prevailing theme on most opera singer's social media feeds. Find out what they were up to this week in coping with the tough weather. Tenor David Portillo took time out his hectic rehearsal period to see Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" with his fiance and a friend. He is currently the role of Jacquino in Beethoven's "Fidelio." Watching Romeo and Juliet tonight with…
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Christa Ludwig’s 5 Controversial Statements During Interview With Swiss Publication
Christa Ludwig is one of the greatest artists of all-time. She made her mark in the German repertoire laying claim to numerous roles in Strauss and Wagner operas. The soon-to-be 89-year-old recently had an interview with Swiss Publication NZZ on Sunday, giving her insight on a number of opera topics. You will surely find some unique and potentially controversial thoughts laid about. 1. She holds disdain for Italian Opera. “All…
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Weekend Preview – International(3/10-12): Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros Lead New ‘Andrea Chenier;’ Anna Netrebko Returns to ‘La Traviata
Strauss and Wagner will dominate in some of the top theaters this weekend. Additionally, a new production of Giordano's "Andrea Chenier" will open to a sold out house will Anna Netrebko will return to one of her signature roles. Austria  The Vienna State Opera kicks off the weekend with Strauss' "Arabella." The opera is headlined by a cast that includes Wolfgang Bankl, Camilla Nylund, Chen Reiss, Bo Skovhus and Herbert…
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Social Media Beat (Week of 2/27/2017): Guess Who Got Hang Out With Dame Judi Dench?
It was a fun week for a lot of major superstars in the opera world.   Let's start off with Carmen Giannattasio's amazing week where she was not only given the honor of Knight of the order of the Star of the Italian Republic, but she also got to hang out with none other than legendary actress Dame Judi Dench. Mum Judi and I ❤#london #friends #cavalierato #ordinedellastelladitalia #madrina #mamma…
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Weekend Preview (3/3-3/5) – International: Aleksandrs Antonenko Returns To ‘Otello’ While Karita Mattila Returns To ‘Jenufa’
Are you excited for the weekend? Well, we are as you will get to hear some of the most exciting stars singing in the world's leading opera houses. Check it out right here! Austria At the Vienna State Opera, audiences will get the chance to see Puccini's "Turandot" with a star-studded cast including Elena Pankratova, Heinz Zednik, Ryan Speedo Green, Stefano La Colla and Anita Hartig. The company will also…
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Social Media Beat (Week of 2/20/2017): Which Famous Opera Singers Hung Out With Anna Netrebko At Opernball?
It was a big week in the opera world, especially in Vienna where the Opernball took place. Jonas Kaufmann fans were delighted to see the tenor perform, while he got a chance to hang out with a number of old friends, including Anna Netrebko. Here is a pic of the two posing for cameras alongside Netrebko’s husband Yusif Eyvazov. Red carpet with @yusif_eyvazov_private and @jonaskaufmannfanclubru A post shared by @anna_netrebko_yusi_tiago…
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Teatro alla Scala Preview 2016-17 Season: Ailyn Pérez and Anna Netrebko Tackle Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’
This week the Teatro alla Scala will revive the 1990 Liliana Cavani production of Verdi's "La Traviata." The production returns after DmItri Tcherniakov's 2013 staGing failed to please Scala audiences. This time the Cavani production will be sung by two leading sopranos. First Ailyn Pérez will bring her acclaimed Violetta to the theater. Perez has performed the role around the world at the Royal Opera, Bayerische Staatsopers, Deutsche Oper Berlin…
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Weekend Preview (International) – 2/17-19: Jose Cura Stars as Wagner’s ‘Tannhauser’ and Anna Netrebko Continues In ‘Il Trovatore’
It's the weekend and that means there is a lot  to see around the world. For opera goers the houses will offer lots of Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. There will also be Rossini, Berg and Janáček for the most adventurous opera lovers. Check it out! Austria  At the Wiener Staatsoper audiences will be able to hear two of the most popular Russian divas. On Friday Olga Peretyatko takes on the role…