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Lisette Oropesa, Patricia Racette & Poul Ruders Headline Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 Season
The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2019 season. While the 2018 season has yet to begin, the upcoming 2019 edition will showcase five productions, including one new world premiere. Here is a look Productions  Vanessa Vasquez and Mario Chang lead Puccini's "La Bohème" with a stellar cast that also includes Kirsten Mackinnon and Zachary Nelson. Jader Bignamini conducts the production by Mary Birnbaum. Performance Dates: June 28-August 24, 2019 Lisette Oropesa…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Così Fan Tutte: Kelli O’Hara, Christopher Maltman Lead Wonderful Cast in Fantastical Production
It was intermission at the premiere of Phelim McDermott’s new Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s “Così Fan Tutte” and someone made this statement to me. “It’s fun and everything, but why set it on Coney Island?” It’s a great point, but one could extrapolate that entire statement to the opera itself – “It’s got great music and funny moments, but why ‘Così Fan Tutte?” Especially now. Of…
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New York Choral Society To Honor Stephanie Blythe
The New York Choral Society will honor Stephanie Blythe in the company's annual Spring Gala. The company will honor Blythe with the NYChoral Award for musical excellence. Blythe has performed all around the world and is considered one of the greatest mezzos of her generation. She returns to the Metropolitan Opera for "Cendrillon" and is also scheduled to make an appearance at the Opera Awards. She is also scheduled for "Il…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Get To Know the Cast of ‘Così fan Tutte’
The Met Opera’s upcoming “Così fan tutte” is set to make a major splash in coming weeks. The new production set on Coney Island, which is set to feature more than a number of major tricks, will undeniably play a major role in its popularity. But any opera will live and die with its singing actors, and the cast that the Met has put together for this new run is…
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The 6 Must-See Performers of the Canadian Opera Company 2018-19 Season
The Canadian Opera Company has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature six operas. Every opera is undeniably the sum of all its parts, but there is certainly a lot to be said about how one performer can become the big story for his or her upcoming showcase. Here is a look at the six exciting singers to keep an eye for in this upcoming season of the COC.  Joyce…
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Angela Meade, Leah Crocetto & Steve Jobs Headline Seattle Opera’s 2018-19 Season
The Seattle Opera has announced its 2018-19 season featuring five fully staged works. The season opens on August 11, 2018, with George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." Angel Blue stars as Bess alternating with Elizabeth Llewellyn while Alfred Walker and Kevin Short will alternate the role of Porgy. Lester Lynch and May Elizabeth Williams round out the cast. Francesca Zambello directs the production, which will be conducted by John Demain. The opera will…
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New York Festival of Song Announces 2017-18 Program
The famed New York Festival of Song will celebrate its 30th anniversary in style. The event, founded three decades ago by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, will feature four major concerts, all showcased at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. The first of these performances will be one dedicated to Leonard Bernstein on Nov. 7, 2017. Entitled “Take Care of this House,” the concert will feature soprano Chelsea Shephard,…
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Social Media Beat (Week 721/-27): Find Out Who Was Rehearsing & Who Celebrated Award Wins
The world's greatest opera singers are immersed in a wide range of activities as the summer season hits its apex. Some are on vacation, while others are rigorously rehearsing for upcoming performances. Anna Netrebko previewed a section from "Aida" on her Instagram. The clip showed Netrebko in the rehearsal room alongside her colleagues and Riccardo Muti conducting. "Aida" opens on August 6th but for right now enjoy this clip: С…
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The Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma Announces Starry 2017-18 Season
The Rome Opera has announced its 2017-18 season showcasing a number of new productions. New Productions The season opens on Dec. 6, 2017, with Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust." Conducted by Daniele Gatti, the opera will get a new production by Damiano Michieletto, who recently directed a highly acclaimed "Il viaggio a Reims" for the company. The opera will star Pavel Černoh, Alex Esposito, Veronica Simeoni and Goran Jurić. On…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – Der Fliegende Holländer: Amber Wagner & Michael Volle Deliver Complex Performances In Cathartic Season Send-Off
This is a review for the final performance of the run, which took place on May 12, 2017.  The first opera I saw during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season was Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.” So it was only fitting that the last one I saw this season was “Der Fliegende Holländer,” the first to truly establish the composer as the force he would go on to become. The Metropolitan…