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In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Tosca: Anna Netrebko Conquers Puccini’s Iconic Diva
Written in collaboration with David Salazar It's been years in the making - Anna Netrebko singing "Tosca." The soprano has been outspoken about her dislike for the character and about her doubts singing the role, but it’s a character that audiences have been dying to see her sing. Afterall, who but Netrebko can be considered the quintessential diva of the modern opera world. A soprano who seems ready to surmount…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Luisa Miller: An Unquestioned Triumph for Yoncheva and Beczala
“Luisa Miller” is long considered to mark the beginning of Verdi’s “middle period” with themes of class division and an ill-fated romance that foreshadow the composer’s brilliant “La Traviata.”  It also came at a time when Verdi was more open to sourcing from outside of his homeland, with the German playwright Friedrich von Schiller’s Kabale und Liebe the material for this work. The Metropolitan Opera revived a production by Elijah…
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Bertrand De Billy & Marco Armiliato To Replace James Levine
The Metropolitan Opera has announced replacements for James Levine for "Luisa Miller" and "Il Trovatore." Macro Armiliato will lead performances of "Il Trovatore" starring Maria Agresta as Leonora, Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, and Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena. Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi will share the role of Count di Luna, with Štefan Kocán and Kwangchul Youn both singing the role of Ferrando. Performances are scheduled for Jan. 22, 26, 30, Feb…
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James Levine Replaces Bertrand De Billy In ‘Tosca’
James Levine is now slated to conduct spring performances of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Tosca." The music director emeritus will replace the originally scheduled Bertrand de Billy who was scheduled to conduct on April 21 through May 12. There was no official announcement but de Billy is still set to conduct "Cendrillon." Levine will reunite with Anna Netrebko since the Metropolitan Opera's 50th-anniversary gala and a Carnegie Hall.…
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Breaking News: Three Conductors Replace Lionel Bringuier At Opera National De Paris’ ‘Carmen’
Lionel Bringuier has pulled out of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Opera National de Paris. According to Forum Opera, the conductor pulled out for personal reasons leaving the Opera National de Paris in a mad scramble to find a replacement. As it turns out, audiences will now get three different musical interpretations to look forward to. Bertrand de Billy will conduct on March 10, 19, 22 and 25 and  April 11 and…
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‘Don Carlo’ Or ‘Don Carlos’ – What is the Best Version of Verdi’s Titanic Masterwork?
Verdi’s “Don Carlo” makes its return to La Scala for the first time in decades in its five act version. For many this is the best version of the opera, but the bottom line is that there is no such thing as a real version of the opera with differing versions having different strengths. The work premiered in 1867. Heavy revisions came in 1884 (the so-called "Milan Version") and then…
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Sony Executive Replaces Controversial Director at Vienna State Opera in 2020
Sony manager Bogdan Roscic is slated to be the new leader of the Vienna State Opera as of 2020. Roscic was appointed by Austria’s Culture Ministry to take up the position and is seen as a potential pioneer due to his background in pop radio and as a record company executive. He has been the head of Sony’s classical music department since 2009 and his resume also includes time at…